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Loose Connections #2

Hole in the world…hole in the house…the inaugural “In the Mix” project…here birdie, birdie, birdie…the poured out church…the largest island in a lake on an island in a lake on an island…don’t leave me hanging…Bob Dylan and the Bible…a crossword game…pencil art…and the power of saying yes.

Hole in the world (okay, not really).

Hole in the house.

For you ice cream lovers, here is a literal (and simple) “In the Mix” project. Seriously, this is cool, right?

Here birdie, birdie, birdie! And I thought all you had to do was sing like Snow White. This sure explains some things.

Are you on the road to reconciliation (like the rest of us)? If so, you might want to read a little bit about the road ahead. Here are some signposts.

And over at Youth Mininstry Exchange, Amy Sondova offers some thoughts on growing up fat and growing up fat in church. Thought-provoking stuff here.

Barbara Brown Taylor on the poured-out church. She writes, “Leaving church, I believe, is what church is forleaving on a regular basis, leaving to see what God is up to in the world and joining God there, delivering all the riches of the institution to those who need them most, in full trust that God will never leave the church without all that it needs to live.”

This one is a bit of a brainteaser. It concludes with the largest island in a lake on an island in a lake on an island. Good luck.

Can you spot the fake smiles? Go on faking when I’m around, because I correctly identified only 10 out of the 20 smiles. I’m just very trusting.

That’s all I ask, Don’t leave me hanging.

God and Bob Dylan? Bob Dylan and the Bible? A theologian in Memphis is now teaching a class on the connections between a pop culture prophet [Dylan] and the power of the Word. Interested? Read more here.

This is a fun game once you figure out what’s going on. (Hint: Just use the available letters to complete the entire crossword.) It’s not as complicated as it looks at first glance.

For some reason, I love the closing line in this story involving a Russian thief who dressed as a ninja during his crimes. When asked about his chosen disguise, he told police he had been inspired by his boyhood idol–Robin Hood. Somewhat related to this bizarre story, I grew up on a Christmas tree farm and we used to play huge games of hide-and-seek among the trees. We usually played at night. I had one friend who took it a few steps too far and dressed as a ninja for the game. If I remember correctly, he even broke out the face-paint on one occasion. Here’s to you, Ninja-Mike.

Pencil art. Awesome. I can barely sharpen one.

I thought this was a cool entry on the power of saying yes.

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