Sunday, September 17, 2006

Methodist Blogs Weekly Roundup # 83

Here's the week in review in the Methoblogosphere:

Rev Abi reflected on 9/11, what Gandhi would think of 9/11, why she is a college football fan, the 43rd anniversary of the Birmingham church bombing, and a memorial motorcycle ride for the Trail of Tears (forced removal of the Cherokee Nation from its homeland).

Allan R. Bevere wrote about the distinguishing characteristics of a revival church.

Christopher Gudger-Raines wrote about how pastors could respond to the anniversary of 9/11.

Andy Bryan is butchering trees as a part of his ordination paperwork. He also asked about the future of the Blogging Methodists site.

Andy Stoddard lectionary blogged for Sept. 11 and 12.

Bad Methodist made a Biblical argument in favor of same-sex relationships (Best of the Methodist blogosphere!).

Richard Heyduck wrote about the limits of interfaith openness, particularly as it pertains to an Anglican priest who converted to Hinduism but wants to continue as an Anglican priest.

Beth Quick wrote about her memories of 9/11.

Brad Smith wrote about our war against the forces of Satan.

Brian Russell wrote about God's declaration of Abraham's righteousness, the Biblical community which celebrates new birth, and the sad fate of Ishmael.

Conservative Seminarian is a new blog about the adventures of a conservative Methodist seminarian at a liberal seminary (just like me!). He wrote about trying to understand the historical and scientific data in Genesis, liberals' attempts to deny that they have an ideology, and the importance of consulting tradition when interpreting the Bible.

Richard Hall wrote that parents abuse children when they give them everything that they want and about a new book on how to read the Bible for teens.

Joel Thomas wrote about what makes up liberal theology (Best of the Methodist blogosphere!).

Dave Faulkner preached on Jesus, Elvis, and how we view them.

Dave Morris wrote about the importance of pastors taking care of themselves (Best of the Methodist blogosphere!).

Dave Warnock is unbelievably undisagreeable.

Sally Coleman wrote about a growing awareness of the reality of spiritual evil and about teaching teenagers about healthy sexuality.

Gavin Richardson wrote about the semantics of possession and church membership and reviewed the book The Heretic's Guide to Eternity.

Gerry Charlotte Phelps wrote about what the world would be like now if the US had never invaded Iraq.

Jeff Croft wrote about church mergers.

Greg Lee wrote about the Kairos prison ministry.

Guy Williams wrote about the book Good to Great.

Henry Neufield wrote that the great thing about the emerging church is that it brings people into a conversation, Bible classes in Texas public schools, seeing America as under the covenantal protection of God, trying to understand Hebrew poetry in English, Pope Benedict's remarks on Islam and how Muslims have responded, and John McCain's statements against torture.

Chris Roberts wrote about what God meant when he instructed the Israelite community to circumcise their hearts.

John Battern wrote about why the mainline denominations are in decline, except for the UMC, which is growing.

Just As I Am taught about the responsibilities we have to each other as a society and to God as part of a covenantal people.

Jan Kindle wrote about the ultimate terrorist, Satan.

Lake Neuron brings me a sigh of relief with news that the updates Star Trek: TOS has not been adversely affected by new special effects.

Larry Hollon wrote about how mainline denominations can find a place for blue collar people, whether journalists can help people without violating their professional ethics, and a new initiative to create sustainable agriculture in Africa.

Mark Winter recommends the book Letters From a Skeptic.

Keith McIlwain wrote about Leftist intolerance.

Michael Daniel wrote about the travails of raising his kids in country churches where his family members aren't really "members" of the church. He also wrote about living as though God really, really exists.

Mitchell Lewis looked at military peacekeeping operations (Best of the Methodist blogosphere!).

Louie Gannon wrote about how closely political opinions and faith can relate.

Nate Loucks is musing about becoming a farmer.

Rick Mang looked at the new Friendship First New Testament.

Conrad Harvin would like to keep four of the Ten Commandments on public display in courthouses (Best of the Methodist blogosphere!).

ReligioNews wrote about the types of liturgical styles in the UMC and the dangers of excessive multitasking.

Rereason wrote about the failure to capture Osama Bin Laden.

Richard Johnson marked the anniversary of 9/11 and wrote of his fondness for French culture.

Sandpiper wrote about how blessed we are when we are at the end of our rope and the declining dominance of men in the church (as well as an examination of changing gender roles in American society as a whole).

Lorna Koskela wrote about the importance of caring for people even at the expense of theological positions.

Jonathan Marlowe looked at the use of irony in theological debates (Best of the Methodist blogosphere!).

Dale Lature wrote about new challenges to Radical Orthodoxy.

Wayne Cook remembered 9/11.

Todd Miller remembered 9/11 and reviewed the book Leadership and Self-Deception and wrote about whether our society encourages Christians to love everyone.

Tony Mitchell preached on living without fear. And hogs.

Turbulent Cleric doesn't like the tabloid The Sun because of its pictures of nekkid people, nor an overpaid soccer player.

Wes Whiddon remembered 9/11.

Scott McKay wrote about taking up our crosses.

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Jim Morrow said...

Thanks for the encouragement! It seems like the world around me has already changed!!!

Joel Thomas said...


I'm always amazed! I think your reading speed is slightly faster than mine. Again, thanks for the effort you put into the roundup.

Todd M said...

I don't know how you find the time to do this! Thank you. What a blessing to help me with my reading!

Turbulent Cleric said...

Actually my dislike of the Sun is because it displays the worst aspects of bullying. It is frankly the nearest thing we have to a fascist rag albeit minus the brains!

cseminarian said...

Thanks for adding me! I love your roundup.

Turbulent Cleric said...

Yes, John deserves thanks from all of us.