Well, another week! Got my beautiful wife back from helping with my beautiful granddaughter, Zoé Isabelle Allen... oh, what's that you say? Do I have another picture? Mm, let's see, I'm sure there's one here somewhere... Ah:
- Let me say at the outset: one of the sites that refers me to great posts and articles is The Aquila Report. I tend to use their links and read the articles at the sites, and when I use the articles, I link to that site. But I'm putting The Aquila Report in our blogroll prominently, and commend it to you.
- You probably will have heard by now that Mark Driscoll's elders, who notably softballed the process as it was by excluding should-be issues, have shared that he resigned rather than submit to any process of restoration. No price too little to pay, evidently.
- Joel J. Miller is not even evangelical, and he gets what many don't. Miller's apparently Eastern Orthodox and, to be as candid as you expect me to be, I'll say I think that's a bad thing. Yet Miller gets what some evangelicals don't as clearly seem to see: that there are points on the line between wishing Mark Driscoll hell and destruction on the one hand, and wanting to see him restored to pastoral ministry on the other. Restore him? Yes, says, Miller, who then asks, "...but to what?" For instance, "what’s wrong with Driscoll becoming a lawyer or waiter or what have you?" Further:
Since when does welcoming someone back to fellowship mean that you have to welcome him back to a post he abused? What’s wrong with a pew, even up front if he wants it? But just a pew? Laity, as the kids might say if the idea ever entered their heads, rocks!
...The truth is that Paul’s criteria for pastoral leadership are pretty stringent. I daresay few of us really qualify. Maybe Driscoll is simply not pastoral material.
That’s not bad or shameful. Some would say it’s just blisteringly obvious. I don’t know. I just don’t see any point in crucifying him—or giving him back the keys to the building. That’s a bogus choice.
Having said that, I’d be happy to sit with him anytime.
- Miles Mullin draws an extended parallel between Driscoll and another living, breathing cautionary tale, the trainwreck that is Bill Clinton, and makes application to what we should (and shouldn't) look for in church leaders (h-t Aquila Report).
- Now, I won't even bother to link to any of the posts saying "Stop gloating" and all that. Instead, let's observe the process.
- Some warn of the impending disaster.
- They are shushed, criticized, ignored, blacklisted.
- The disaster happens. Even enablers are forced to take some small note.
- Almost immediately, the former enablers say "Don't gloat! Maybe we were wrong, but you were wronger (because: tone)! Move on!"
- Any suggestions of preventative systemic change are thereby snuffed out a-borning.
- Nothing changes.
- Cue the next slow-mo train wreck.
- Well, nevermind anyway. Apparently "God" has "told" Mark it's all-good, and going to get better. (Thanks again, open-but-clueless crowd!)
- As You Wish! Ooh, lookie: Christmas is coming, and here's the Princess Bride Monopoly game.
- Mark Snoeberger reminds us that the need for churches to have documented policies regarding marriage and weddings is increasing, not decreasing. He advises documentation, and in a comment I asked for examples. Can any of you link to such examples?
Despite TGC tarring it as "careful," this review of Enns' bk by Michael Kruger is an excellent, vigorous read: http://t.co/isQnGlVqOW
— Dan Phillips (@BibChr) October 20, 2014
- Ryan T. Anderson maps the path forward in waging a "long war" against the redefinition of marriage in attempts to legitimatize pseudogamy (h-t Turk for that term).
- In case you missed it, I think you'll enjoy this word from Gurnall on love, the master-affection in God and man.
- Here's a good word from Christina Fox, reminding the depressed and despairing Christian that God is always at work. I'd add Isaiah 50:10 to her thoughts.
- Save The...um...Snails?
- The previous entry is best enjoyed with the chorus of this song as accompaniment. (Note: one d-word, and allusion to Presbyterian beverages.)
Silly @JoelOsteen Moses dead already was. pic.twitter.com/rSkmSoYPjs
— yoda (@CalvinistYoda) October 24, 2014
- I really have come to think very highly of Detroit Baptist Theological Seminary. They are not as well-known as they deserve. Here they make available the talks from their recent conference, Striving Together for the Faith of the Gospel.
- Like a zombie impaling itself ever more deeply on a stake, California continues its slow serial suicide, by reportedly forcing churches to cover abortion in their health insurance. I did not get out a second too soon.
- Apparently I had a brush with Rachel Held Evans.
- Seemed like a simple enough question. But she never answered it. Snif! When I brought it up, she asked what I was talking about, so I linked her to my tweet with the question. She never responded. I mean, unless this is in the place of a response...
@BibChr @mriccardi23 @JasonMWoelm All this glib condescension is getting old. At least atheists don't call me names & treat me like crap.
— Rachel Held Evans (@rachelheldevans) October 22, 2014
- No, you're not missing a tweet where I myself called her a name or treated her like, um, bad stuff. I asked a question, then noted I wasn't answered. So, there you go. It's like...
Evangelicals are too much, "It is written," and not enough, "My opinion."
— Fake Liberal Xian (@FakeLiberalXian) October 21, 2014
- UPDATE: someone else pressed RHE, and received her response that she is "pro-life." The other question, which goes to the heart of...well, everything... remained unanswered.
- Here's how to win today:
- In this edition of SHST, I discussed with you dear brother Doug Wilson's lamentable attempts to tone down the content-aspect of "saved by grace alone through faith alone." Well, God help him, he's trying again. I actually think he makes it worse by doubling down.
- Most of us gladly allow that there are saved people attending RC churches who don't yet get how opposed Rome is to that Gospel and Savior in which they savingly trust. But Doug now specifically indicates instructed, faithful-to-Rome Roman Catholics, and says they're saved if they believe the version of the Gospel he gives. He says it's the Gospel that matters, not so much our response, saith Doug.
- However, Doug seems to be aware that Galatians tears that theory all to heck. Specifically Galatians 5:3. Can we really think that the apostle who said "if you accept circumcision, Christ will be of no advantage to you...you are severed from Christ...you have fallen away from grace" (Gal. 5:2, 4), would not equally say "if you accept a sacramental, works-system of salvation, Christ will be of no advantage to you," and all the rest, including 1:8-10? Indeed, we are saved by grace, through faith — and not just any "faith."
- Glass strength: check.
- A sister who works with Creation Ministries International appreciated one of my sermons from the Proverbs series, and asked that I convert it to an article for them. I very much appreciate the work of organizations like theirs, and was happy to do so. The comment thread, though... whew.
- M'man Prof. David Murray writes about the most honest atheist in the world.