BOOKMARKS: SET 17

act_of_killing_031-Been fascinated of late by the new documentary, Act Of Killing. There are tons of blog posts about the premise, but here’s the director giving the background. Sounds like a bold, but depressing, film.

-The Steven Furtick controversy was here and gone (like most of us expected,) but I think this article highlights on some of the more nuanced issues involving transparency among Christian leaders.

-I promise I’m not harping on megachurches (at least, intentionally,) but this may be a thing.

-I’m impressed by what Joel Klampert and Ember Church did for Thanksgiving outreach.

-How observant are you? Colgate thinks NOT SO MUCH.

-Finally finished Double Cross. It was a slow read, but I’m glad I did it. Impressed with how much research went into the book. (It could easily be an espionage film if you focused on one or two of the principal ¬†players instead of the whole “team.”

-RELATED: Now that I’m done with that, I’ve got two “church” books to read. One for our staff reading list and one for myself. Have a feeling they’re going to move a bit slower than the spy book.

-I may hijack a few upcoming Bookmark posts for just plain ol’ blogging. Or maybe something more…

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BOOKMARKS: SET 16

Screen shot 2013-11-27 at 9.28.46 PM-This post from Musicademy about what a congregation needs to hear in worship. Good reminders!

-I’m all about the BINGEWATCH. Here’s a list of shows that can be binged in 9 hours. Pretty manageable, I’d say!

-Oh, man. Please let this be real. PLEASE LET THIS BE REAL.

-Just added a funny, interesting podcast called James Bonding. In their first episode, they referenced this video revealing the man responsible for Bond using the Walther PPK.

-I’m almost finished with Double Cross: The True Story of the D-Day Spies. It’s a massive story and starts a little slow, but it’s a great book.

-Not only is this a sweet article, but it reinforces how important color can be in any artistic endeavor.

True – but gross – ways to wish someone a happy birthday.

*Since I love Batman, I’ve decided to have at least one Batman-themed link in each post. I think I can do it. Here.

BOOKMARKS: SET 8

Screen shot 2013-11-13 at 7.10.58 PM-Best twitter account ever. We Fought About.

-It’s dumb, but that doesn’t mean it ain’t funny.

Songwriter stories.

-The end of this post is a little campy, but the analysis is interesting: Is Joel Osteen using God’s bandwidth?

-Cut movie watching time with this handy list.

-I knew I probably wouldn’t agree with most of this article, but I was reading with an open mind. Until she says she “almost always” talks about Jesus.

If this is real, JCVD is still one bad dude.

Want to create a weird website name that’s not really a word? There’s a website for that.

The challenges of being a nerd are significant. Especially when people mess with you like this.

BOOKMARKS: SET 6 (PRISON EDITION)

lets_go_to_prisonWent on my second prison ministry trip this last weekend. It was exhilarating¬†and exhausting and I came home with some great stories. These aren’t links but maybe they’ll provide a little entertainment for ya!

-As we were shaking hands with the guys coming in to one of the yard shows, an inmate smiled at me and said, “SETH ROGEN!” (Weird. I usually get Liam Neeson or Jason Statham…)

-Prison food isn’t very good.

-Learned about pill call, where inmates are on medication are walked to a medical wing to take their pills. Also noticed that most every inmate used the phrase “locked up” and “caught a case” in place of “serve time” and “committed a crime.”

-Most inmates will be very honest about what they’re in for.

-Almost got to go in a segregated unit, where prisoners are in single cells. As far as prison evangelism goes, this tends to be the toughest spot to share the Gospel.

-Saw a lot of live music performed on this trip. Thinking a little blues-rock combo might be in my future. Think Bill Glass will give me the gig?

-This is not the sort of trip that leaves you with a spiritual high. But it does give you a great exhaustion – knowing that you’ve been obedient and faithful to God’s calling.

-Most inmates have very bad teeth.

-Prisoners are very adept at keeping up with time served, as well as the numerous forms, applications and procedures they need to do to survive (and succeed) while incarcerated.

-One inmate seemed very perplexed we weren’t offering punch and cookies for the events each day. (The unit had over 2000 men.)

-Our unit was a transfer unit, where many of the inmates are close to being released. A lot of them have already planned their first meal on the outside.

-One of my favorite things about this ministry is hearing inmates’ stories, laughing with them, and praying for their needs. It’s amazing. I wish everybody could experience it!