- My friend Prof. David Murray gives five important questions to ask a depressed person. It's worth listening to, if only for the accent. Relatedly: See also our post on Jesus' dumb question that wasn't a dumb question.
- Say, do that again. No, wait... don't.
- The killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, sparked some commentary from an array of sources. My friend Thabiti Anyabwile shared from the heart, very movingly and hauntingly, of his fears for his son in what he sees as a still-deeply-racist America. Jemar Tisby also gave some perspective that your average white man wouldn't know unless told. For seven years, I was member of a racially-mixed church, and some of the stories the black pastor and music leader shared with me dropped my jaw and saddened me, and have stayed with me ever since. Then Thabiti threw down a gauntlet, asking Is it "Goodbye evangelicalism" or "We join you in your suffering"?
- Over at Cripplegate, Jesse Johnson added three excellent biblical principles for thinking about this situation.
- Thabiti fired right back with Why we never "wait for all the facts" before we speak.
- Al Mohler weighs in on not prejudging before the facts are known. While I don't share Mohler's seeming optimism about Eric Holder being at all concerned with a fair investigation, I just can't see my way to coming down on everything about this situation until more is confidently known.
- That said, certain things may be stated categorically, no?
- Racism is evil, and a sin.
- Counter-racism is never the cure for racism.
- Police should not kill people wrongfully, and certainly never for their skin-color.
- Young men (and women!) should believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, continue in His Word, avoid evil associations, learn to work hard and be generous, never thieving, doing drugs, or cultivating evil associations.
- No Christian should speak in a way that legitimately gives the impression of supporting abuse-of-power totalitarianism, or of victim-mentality license to commit crime(s).
- Now, for many things completely different...
- Fred Butler embarks on 20 Ways to Answer a Fool. And, like clockwork, one shows up in the meta. But this is no dainty RPB meta, concerned above all that fools not be made to look... well, foolish; so he actually gets an answer.
- last week I shared Aimee Byrd's raised eyebrow on the subject of courtship. This week, Doug Wilson weighs in, in its favor.
John Piper Reaches Halfway Mark on Unrelenting March to Counsel Public on Every Sin in Human Existence https://t.co/DbbulAedmZ
— The Gospel™ Corp (@TheGospelCorp) August 22, 2014
- It's short, it's sweet, it's worth a look: condensation of Lloyd-Jones' 5 principles for evangelism.
- Mike Riccardi very helpfully discusses evangelistic tracts and other printed Gospel resources. Mike and some commenters give gracious "nods" to TWTG.
- Compare Mike's post with our Brain Trust post on that very topic two years ago. Combined, they should be a very helpful resource. So... what's stopping us?
If you don't spread your faith, are you an omissionary?
— Church Curmudgeon (@ChrchCurmudgeon) August 21, 2014
- Might be fun to do our own sardonic Seven Degrees of Kevin Bacon regarding The World-Tilting Gospel. It'd be bloggers who love/link-to bloggers who love TWTG, but who themselves can't seem to "see" TWTG. I recently saw someone in Twitter literally offer to buy a copy of it for a high-profile blogger, if he'd read and review it. Didn't have the heart to tell the good brother that I knew for a fact that the blogger'd already been sent a copy. But I really, really appreciated the effort.
Townies all be like, "But... our pigs!" (Lk 8:37) #priorities
— Dan Phillips (@BibChr) August 22, 2014
- Embarrassingly, it's possible sometimes even to hear Christians making the argument that Christianity is to be valued for the benefits it provides, benefits that don't depend on the truth of the message. Ben Edwards, Instructor in Pastoral Theology at Detroit Baptist Theological Seminary, takes that argument apart nicely and Biblely.
- Singleness: even though she works for Christianity Astray Today, Katelyn Beaty offers some very helpful, Biblely thoughts in this interview.
Wonderful the matchless taste of coffee Better far than any Lipton tea Brewing like a fountain 4 cups but who's countin' More coffee for me
— Church Curmudgeon (@ChrchCurmudgeon) August 22, 2014
- Wow. I think only a Driscoll supporter could write something as wise and devastatingly hard-hitting as this: Mark Driscoll's true god to be revealed. One of his most potent points is, in my own words, one can only be a godly leader after learning well how to be a godly follower.
- Chris Brauns — pastor, author of the best book on forgiveness I've ever read — is preparing to preach on Job, and shares some "propositions and truths that will form the skeleton of the series." Worth a read, along with the comments. Brauns says "We should be cross-eyed when we read Job."
- And now, another Very Important Safety Tip from TeamPyro:
- Pastor Andy Schreiber writes of the "grotesque anomaly" of the un-churched Christian. He notes that it is abnormal, and that the NT knows nothing of it. I'd say more: any Christian in the NT era would be absolutely, thunderously slack-jawed baffled at the spectacle of a professed Christian who chooses not to involve himself in-person in a single local church. As we have demonstrated forcefully again and again and again.
- I imagine some readers read these posts and think, "Pastor pastor pastor. You keep talking about pastors, to pastors. I'm not a pastor." Let's see, how can I help non-pastors know what it sometimes feels like to be a pastor? Ah yes, I think I have just the thing:
- It's good for a woman to say this.
Let's have a conversation. By conversation, I mean a brainstorming session about how to get everyone to agree with our ideas.
— Fake Liberal Xian (@FakeLiberalXian) August 22, 2014
- As a rule and with no other exceptions, Old Navy commercials make my brain throb and crawl, in a bad way. But this music video is actually kind of cute, and might be useful to homeschoolers returning to classes?
- On the other hand...
- David Murray (whose blog, as I've said, should be a daily stop for you) found a fun video that shows how the sun would see us if it could see us. Which is to say, totally differently than we see ourselves.
- So are you envy-proof? Really? Completely content, impervious to envy? Sweet. Take this test. Still? Great!
You keep saying “smug” like it’s a bad thing: http://t.co/JVhriKkSXt
— The Gospel™ Corp (@TheGospelCorp) August 22, 2014
- Seminary students and pastors need to read this from Michael Kruger, on attaining and retaining the Biblical languages.
- When I taught Hebrew, I'd always give an entire lecture on the need for pastors to learn Hebrew and keep it alive. Yes, it was on the test. Always.
- Holy mackerel...or, perhaps better, holy underwear. Glenn Beck illustrates why people who don't know Hebrew should probably not just talk about Hebrew. (I'm just talking about 2:10 and following.)
- Good thing no one remotely Christian would say or pay to hear such claptrap, right?
- Hm, did we just figure out where Glenn Beck gets his stuff?
- That's all for now! Have you bought your tickets yet? Get 4 for price of 3 while you can; talk it up at your church, get some groups coming!