Breakfast Links for 12/13/12 – Leave Your Snakes Home; Jedi Knights and Faith; Positive Negative Thinking


Arlene Sanchez-Walsh, Patheos/Re-Generacion: “When I started teaching a class on global Pentecostalism this fall, I think the word was out that I was Pentecostal, and one of my students was stunned that I did not show up the first day of class in a long skirt, long hair, and no make-up–to which I added, that “I’d also left my snakes at home.”

Terry Waite, The Guardian: The Plight of Christians in Lebanon

Tim Dalrymple, Patheos/Philosophical Fragments: “I’m less disturbed by the 176,000 who ticked off “Jedi Knight” than the 14 million who chose “No religion.””

Elizabeth Evans Hagan, The ABP News Blog: Discerning God’s Direction

Roger E. Olson, Patheos/Roger E. Olson: “I propose that we, Americans and especially Christians, rediscover and re-value the power of negative thinking.”

Christy Thomas, The United Methodist Reporter: A Hand Up – Not a Hand Out

Joe Carter, Patheos/Joe Carter’s Commonplace: “The same secularists who think that playing Grand Theft Auto: Vice City while listening to gansta rap has no affect on children act as if hearing “Merry Christmas” will turn little Johnny into a Pat Robertson clone.”

John Stossel, Real Clear Politics: Government Gone Bad

Richard Dahlstrom, Patheos/Fibonacci Faith: “Though waiting has fallen on hard times in our instant society, anticipation is still alive and well.”

Matt Miller, Washington Post Opinions: Obama’s Trump Card on the Debt Limit

Robert C. Crosby, Patheos/Robert C. Crosby: “I never knew a case where God used a discouraged man or woman to accomplish any great thing for him. Let a minister go into the pulpit in a discouraged state of mind, and it becomes contagious: it will soon reach the pews, and the whole church will be discouraged. … It seems as if God cannot make large use of such men.”

James Downey, PostPartisan: Too Big to Fail, To Big to Indict


About Timothy Dalrymple

Timothy Dalrymple was raised in non-denominational evangelical congregations in California. The son and grandson of ministers, as a young boy he spent far too many hours each night staring at the ceiling and pondering the afterlife.
In all his work he seeks a better understanding of why people do, and do not, come to faith, and researches and teaches in religion and science, faith and reason, theology and philosophy, the origins of atheism, Christology, and the religious transformations of suffering