Happy day after Thanksgiving, y'all. Hope your yesterday was fun and familial and grateful.
Here's the first edition, 8:44 TX time. I plan to add through the morning as I can; have a hospital call pretty soon, so...limited! Enjoy.
- We're not all married here... so, was this anyone's yesterday? Yikes, I hope not!
- That was Thursday. Now it's Friday.
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- So John Piper thinks (in a piece from 11/6) that bullying pastors abuse their authority and should be rebuked. Seriously, he does. Does say that.
- The article doesn't relate whether Piper was asked if those who have promoted and shielded bullying pastors despite repeated warning bear any responsibility or should be subject to any rebuke or expected to offer apologies or show repentance.
Has @ctmagazine crossed the Tiber? Not quite, but we honor #PopeFrancis's witness in our Dec issue. - @KatelynBeaty pic.twitter.com/fuhvkzslXo
— Christianity Today (@CTmagazine) November 25, 2014
- What does Fred Astaire in a beanie have to do with it, though?
- Anyway, my reply was:
- No response.
- One more in that general area: another person John Piper elevated despite a flood of pleas and warnings was Rick Warren. I wonder if this will bring a "Do you regret partnering with Rick Warren"/"I don't regret befriending Rick Warren":
Anyone who can talk like this has no business anywhere near a Christian pulpit: . Farewell, Rick Warren. http://t.co/qFXiZHKJpq
— Dan Phillips (@BibChr) November 27, 2014
- I quote James White about as often as he quotes me; that said, I'm in total agreement with this sentiment:
Your video capitulating to Rome and betraying the Reformation, @RickWarren , breaks my heart—and should be a warning to all.
— James White (@DrOakley1689) November 28, 2014
- Maybe someone needs to direct Warren to PA#27?
- Hm; that post is almost ready to become Forty Days of Phillips' Axioms, isn't it?
- Any post with lines like "The goal of the pansexualist movement is to remove all creational distinctives," and "They want to batter down every border, every barrier, so that when we are all done, every sentient being has been melted down into their great cauldron of lust.," and "I would rather be on the wrong side of history, as they see it, than on the wrong side of stupidity, as God sees it," probably demands to be read.
- Now the Ferguson section.
- I wonder what people see when they compare Russell Moore's Ferguson and the Path to Peace with this post.
- If Moore were the sort who interacted with his readers, I would have asked this question in the comments: "You say 'we ought to recognize that it is empirically true that African-American men are more likely, by virtually every measure, to be arrested, sentenced, executed, or murdered than their white peers.' If true, that is incontestably a tragic, sad statement, period. But why do you think it is an inherently meaningful statement? What do you think it means? What is your solution? ("Church," he says, and that is part of the answer — which, again, I ask that you compare to this answer.)
- Reformation21 has a writer who tells white people what they may and may not say to black people; but as a sort of balance, he also tells blacks what not to say to whites. Interestingly, his first dictum to whites is "Don't tell us we make everything about race" — and yet he writes for an organization self-named Reformed African-American Network. No further comment.
- (Which of course reminds me of the time I NEVER, EVER wrote for an organization called Reformed Pudgy White Guy Network.)
- By contrast, even though it's on TGC, this post by Voddie Baucham is really, really good. You'd swear he and I'd been in collusion, as if we'd agreed "You focus on this aspect, I'll focus on that, and we'll meet in the middle." But we didn't.
- On the other hand, Thabiti Anyabwile — a brother I like, love, learn from, and count as a friend — thinks the Grand Jury outcome is an injustice. Concerning my post, Thabiti was kind enough to say:
I think I’m in complete agreement with everything that’s said here, tho not everything is said here: http://t.co/LvA3m2Mdev @BibChr
— Thabiti Anyabwile (@ThabitiAnyabwil) November 26, 2014
- (Aside: Challies also recommended the piece, which we appreciate; it apparently not visible to TGC writers.)
- Then Thabiti wrote FourCommon But Misleading Themes In Ferguson-Like Times, which at least seems to offer push-back to both Voddie (primarily and by name), and to yr obdt svt.
- I'll offer this: to the degree that every one of my prescriptions were followed, it would certainly reduce the rate of theft, imprisonment, death and all the related miseries. If every one of Thabiti's suggestions were followed... arguably could mean fewer dead innocents, more dead policemen, both, or something else.
- Now to finish on non-Ferguson topics...
- Somehow I missed the brilliance of Andrew Wilson's Case for Idolatry. I hereby correct that omission, and raise it an Accurate Parody.
- "Sologamy"? Wouldn't a better term be "ipsogamy"?