Here we go:
- Pyro Health News: in the market for a panacea health drink? May I direct you to a cup of Joe? And then another?
- Todd Pruitt offers seven lessons pastors (and congregations) could learn from The Driscoll Affair.
- So... what would end TGC's smug "We're all together, no major changes needed, nothing to see here, keep our stats up/buy our books/fill our conferences and move along" stance? We've seen what evidently won't do it. So what would do it?
- Have you heard that the Bible condones fathers selling daughters into slavery? If you haven't, when you do, you'll be glad to have Fred Butler's response ready at hand.
- Seeing an article about God-talking wire-walking Nik Wallenda, I tweeted this Monday:
Is this a violation of the Sixth Commandment? http://t.co/ddmuTpd9Zf I'm leaning "yes"
— Dan Phillips (@BibChr) November 3, 2014
- The next day David Murray posted a very fine expansion of Biblical thinking about such things, which I would apply to a whole slew of daredevil things men (husbands! fathers!) sometimes do, and sometimes die doing. Yet note the appalling comments. Perhaps they came from Challies, who commendably (reportedly) saw and linked to a good article. Whatever the reason, they clearly weren't prepared for a clear-minded, unsentimental Biblical analysis of the sort of thing Americans admire — men with wives and children acting like boys to prove something and accomplish nothing, at best, or a pointless death leaving a widow and fatherless children, at worst.
- A couple of SHSTs ago we noted the leading-evangelical-ethicist-who-no-one-has-ever-heard-of, David Gushee, who decided to go with the world's thinking on a cluster of perversions while continuing to profess some sort of Christian faith. Worse, he professes to be an evangelical — and yet sets out a way of thinking and (ironically) of ethical processing that could hardly be more opposite.
- Aside: I will understand if it irritates anyone for me to note this, but when I read this, I think that this is exactly why I wrote TWTG. What passes for Christian conversion these days is a shallow, pale, inconsequential minor course-adjustment. It isn't the radical earthquake of total paradigm-shift that the Bible envisions, and which I try to depict at accessible length.
- It sounds as if TWTG anticipated the line adopted in a pro-homosexual video that Rick Phillips thoroughly takes down.
- Denny Burke responds to Gushee appositely, as usual.
- As you know, this is one of those topics on which Michael Brown is biblically sound, which is what makes his advocacy of Charismatic error so disappointing. As if in anticipation of Gushee's dismissive piece, Brown lamented that homosexualist advocates are averse to debate. And since Gushee slams Gagnon as well, it seems fitting to link a second time to Gagnon's excellent piece responding to Gushee's defection.
- For the moment, thanks to a ruling from the Sixth Circuit, sanity reigns on the same-sex mirage issue for Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky, and Tennessee. Even a glance at the majority opinion is like a breath of fresh air — if only a breath. (h-t Robert Sakovich)
Hey kids! Let's relive one of the most horrific events in history! pic.twitter.com/Pendeh233i
— John Downey (@REALjdowney) November 6, 2014
- I doubt I'm the only one who wishes we could hold non-threatening visitor-exit interviews. How did you decide you did not want to come back? Was it something non-negotiable, like our core convictions; was it a misunderstanding, that could have been clarified if we'd had a chance; or was it something easily-correctible that we should work on changing
- Thom Rainer offers a list from a twitter poll listing top ten ways churches drive away first-time guests. The first two seem in conflict to me. What do you think?
- Maybe the resolution in part is in the observation that people aren't so much looking for friendly churches as they are looking for friends?
- That said, I still come back to my own bottom-line: if you're hungry for God, the preached word, and genuine Christian fellowship (in that order), you can work through a lot.
- Here's a tract y'all might enjoy (h-t Sir Aaron).
- You'll want to get this commentary on Philippians. Eventually, I'll likely review it. But I had the privilege of reading and offering comments on the manuscript, and it really is stellar.
- Well well. The Vatican is hosting reps from many religions to talk about marriage. One of those religions is Christianity, represented by Rick Warren and Russell Moore. Would you go? (I would.) What do you think you'd say? What do you think Rick and Russ will say?
- Thinking of preaching or teaching through Philippians? Great idea... but I'd wait until late January...
- You won't believe who this rapper cites as his main inspiration; at the end of the article.