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  1. Paige says:

    Hmmmm I’ve only looked at a couple links so far……

    Regarding the Noah’s Ark “amusement park”….. I’ve long wondered why we exalt the hideous story of Noah’s Ark. We make nursery wall paper of it, paint huge murals of it in kids’ rooms, create children’s toys, T shirts, etc. WHY do we think this story of God’s wrathful destruction of all life on the planet is appropriate for children and family values? Because there are animals in the story? How in the world does the word “amusement’ apply to such a grievous event? Lord have mercy.

    Obviously, this is one of my pet peeves in church culture. Rant over.

  2. Papias says:

    Steven Furtick is asking to be investigated…..just sayin.

    Did anyone else see the video his staff put together – before they made it private?

  3. bishopdave says:

    Paige, here’s a fictional account of Noah, told from the perspective of his wife. It’s brutal, and is probably more accurate reflection of Noah’s culture than anything we catch in Sunday School. While not 100% in line with the biblical record, it is a whole lot more likely scenario of how the Ark played out than the movie was.

  4. WenatcheeTheHatchet says:

    for that top 50 … conspicuous by absence, of course …

  5. Em says:

    i was at a gathering recently where two women raised Catholic and now nominal, at best, were recalling the story of Abraham’s obedience to God when told to sacrifice Isaac – they both remembered thinking what an ugly brutal God that was… i remember hearing the story as a child with no affiliation to the Christian faith and i remember thinking how kind God was to spare them…
    i think that properly presented Noah’s ark is a wonderful example to children – God is not to be trifled with, but He is rich in mercy and “He has a wonderful plan” 🙂

  6. Em says:

    ““My wife and I made a decision, and we built a house,” the founder and pastor of the 12,000-member Elevation Church in Charlotte, N.C., said at a service in Blakeney, N.C. “It’s a big house, and it’s a beautiful house, and we thank God for it. … We understand everything we have comes from God.”

    Furtick was open about the house—which he described as 8,400 square feet of heated living area, with the rest consisting of basement, attic, garage and porch space, according to an Associated Press report”

    interesting that the fella says that everything he HAS comes FROM God… once he has it, tho God doesn’t own it anymore?

    thru circumstances i once lived in a 6,000 sq.ft. house – that was big … what do they put in all that space? and they don’t heat their basement? must be pretty musty down there… or is it one big wine cellar?

    why does anyone attend such a church-so-called with this guy heading it up? cuz he’s cute?

    Lord have mercy … or not as HE sees fit

  7. filbertz says:

    The New Yorker piece on the daughter of Westboro is powerful.

    I’ve always loved the New Yorker…some of the best writing and topics around. Great cartoons, too.

  8. Michael says:


    I’m right with you and both that article in particular and the magazine in general.

  9. Rick Ritchie says:

    Anybody who loves the New Yorker and also has an Audible subscription might enjoy the audio version of the magazine. They get good readers, and many of the pieces work very well for reading. (I especially like their in-depth biographies of people.)

    And I agree. Powerful article.

    I had read another long piece long ago about another child who had left much earlier, and the amount of abuse that went on in that home. Yikes.

  10. The Dude says:

    On people who have a hard time dealing with disagreement.Get some therapy….

  11. Em says:

    before the week is gone… i had time here to read most of these and there were sure a lot of good things to consider in this group of links – thank you

  12. Michael says:

    Thank you for reading, Em.
    I sometimes wonder if many do…

  13. Em says:

    me, too as the comments seem to have dwindled lately

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