Sky Links, 6-15-19

Forge America: Pancakes on the Porch

For the past two years, they have opened up their front porch as a pancake restaurant to their neighborhood, free to anyone who will take the risk and meet their neighbors. By setting up a griddle, some tables and chairs, and passing out flyers around the neighborhood, they have become the gathering place once a month during the warmer, summer Colorado months. One Saturday morning per month, neighbors start meandering down the side-walked streets towards the Andrews downtown home, often carrying their own secret recipes of side dishes and toppings for pancakes. While everyone eats really well, what happens around that griddle is magical. Community has been built, lives are shared, are trust is built to love each other and walk through life together.  

Levin’s latest book offers an explanation. Or, rather, explanations: A thorough, forcefully argued, and exhaustively documented work, it begins with the early Patriot press and its struggles to secure the freedom of speech and follows the American media’s dogged rise and precipitous fall, a transformation that saw journalists transformed, broadly speaking, from rumpled revealers of inconvenient truths to well-coiffed purveyors of political propaganda, mostly of the leftist variety.

 And God Said to Pastors: Use More Sermon Puns and Plan More Parties
-W. David O. Taylor

“Seriousness is not a virtue,” G. K. Chesterton states in his marvelous book Orthodoxy. “It would be a heresy,” he continues, “but a much more sensible heresy, to say that seriousness is a vice. It is really a natural trend or lapse into taking one’s self gravely, because it is the easiest thing to do. It is much easier to write a good Times leading article than a good joke in Punch. For solemnity flows out of men naturally, but laughter is a leap. It is easy to be heavy: hard to be light. Satan fell by the force of gravity.”
If Chesterton is right, that a certain form of seriousness is a vice rather than a virtue, then it is a vice for everybody—one that tempts both the plumber and the prime minister, the homemaker and the priest, the academic and the artist. It is a vice that especially tempts folks who belong to my own tribe of liturgical scholars. Although C. S. Lewis believed that “joy is the serious business of heaven,” liturgists would have us believe the inverse—that seriousness is the serious business of heaven and of worship, not joy.

I’m a “church leader” who doesn’t really go to church
-Adam J. Copeland

 “I don’t really go to church.” This sheepish, hushed confession broke the ice. The rest of us at the table responded with grateful nods and murmurs of understanding.
We were at an invitation-only consultation on leadership and the church. Around the table were up-and-coming movers and shakers, those in whom many institutional resources had been invested: the pretenured seminary professors, the new senior pastors, the innovators meant to be changing the church for the better. Yet my new friend’s statement was met with empathic support—and it brought about several similar confessions. Others present admitted being committed to the capital-C Church but uninspired by—and not necessarily at­tending—its local, congregational ex­pressions. I was one of them: I’m a seminary professor, but I don’t really go to church.

Some Pro-tips for Church Leaders Who Don’t Go To Church | Adam Copeland I’m Looking At You-Clint Schnekloth

Tip #1:
If you can’t do the local congregation, how about contribute to the life of the parish? For example, most churches I know are under-resourced to help lead worship in spaces in their neighborhood. I’d welcome a preacher like Adam who arrived at GSLC and said, “I can’t do church in a church building and your worship services are uninspiring, but do you know a nursing home where I can lead worship weekly? Or a jail? Or a shelter?” I could immediately point that preacher to three or four places, and in that way they’d contribute in a positive way in the lives of people otherwise excluded by their situation from corporate worship, even if they can’t stomach our Sunday morning worship and prefer the New York Times to sacraments and hymn-singing.

John Crist: Church Hunters. Episode 2

My First days As a Pastor
-Darryl Dash

I’ve had three first days as a pastor in three different churches.
On my first day ever I was 24..  I had no idea how much I didn’t know.
On my second first day I was 30...  I knew more than I did before, but I still didn’t know how far I had to go.
I don’t know exactly when my third first day happened. It may have been January 16, 2012, the first day that I woke up with the job of church planting....  I really don’t know if I was a better pastor on this day than the previous ones. I hope so. Paul said it should be so (1 Timothy 4:15).
On this day I was more battered and aware of my weaknesses than ever before. I was also more confident in God and his promises, more secure in my standing, and more aware of how far I had to grow.

Devin Nunes Opening Statement on the Russia Hoax (June 12, 2019)

Alliances – Tokyo Electron Will Not Provide Semiconducter Equip to Trump Blacklist Chinese Clients…

President Trump is executing one of the most brilliant geopolitical economic resets in the history of global trade. It really is stunningly remarkable how President Trump has controlled the entire landscape. The consequential phase has begun.
It is fascinating how the financial pundits didn’t see this coming.