On with the array:
- Louis Markos offers a readable and read-worthy review of Craig Blomberg's recent book Can We Still Believe the Bible? I appreciate his push-back against Blomberg's apparent defense of the indefensible practice of "gender-norming" in translation. However, when Markos pities Bart Ehrman because "the kind of fundamentalism in which the Christian believer turned biblical debunker was raised did not prepare him for the challenges he would face in college," I recall that Phil Johnson, a classmate of Ehrman's at Moody, has noted otherwise.
- (That's the only one I'll feature, but it's a funny hashtag.)
- A very interesting note on the overall structure of the Biblical canon from Michael Kruger shows a textual indicator of completeness.
- There probably still are people who have not seen the video Frank Turk made when Phil announced his retirement from Teh Intarwebz. If you haven't, you need to. Hys ter i cal.
- Reader Robert Sakovich found evidence for what we pretty much suspected: the cost of discipleship has gone down a good bit.
- If you missed Charlie Brown Christmas music with Bela Fleck and the Flecktones... well, remedy it!
- Ah, Christmastime. When the atheists show yet again that their dysangelistic obsession with proclaiming the empty message of the sovereignty of self shames many Christians' readiness to tell the good and true news of Christ.
Happy Holidays from the Dark Side pic.twitter.com/OzUTP06j0l
— Darth Vader (@DepressedDarth) December 5, 2014
- The Post-"Farewell"-Bell continues on the same sad but predictable trajectory.
- When Boswell told Samuel Johnson of seeing a woman preach in a Quaker meeting, famously replied: "Sir, a woman's preaching is like a dog's walking on his hind legs. It is not done well; but you are surprised to find it done at all." Which I cite because...
- I feel that way when President Obama tries to use Scripture to prop up his agenda — as he did when explaining why lawless home invasion is a good thing, when done on a national scale. And D. G. Hart lodges an objection. It's nice that someone is bothered when the Bible is "so used and abused."
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- Well, now. This is new. I've sent you to Doug Wilson in the past when his writing and sharp thinking shine. And now...this!
- I like it. Catch lyrics, some backstory and all here.
- Not everyone was smitten with Russell Moore's response to the Garner verdict. Among the unsmitten, Kevin Stilley.
- Is Christmas pagan? A number of texts will help you rise above common misconceptions. For instance, Nate Busenitz over at Cripplegate looks a little more deeply than usual at why December 25 was chosen.
- Several years ago, William J. Tighe wrote on the same question.
- Then there's my essay, To Tell the Truth, Virginia. (I'm an anti-Santaist.)
- Of course despite everything, many still sneer at Christmas ("Christ's Mass! Pfft!") and shun the opportunity. Should we follow suit? M'man Spurgeon says "What are you, nuts?", and I, of course, agree.
- If you haven't read about the O Holy Night backstory, you need to.
- Prof. David Murray writes three vital words for successful teens. Good thoughts; I think I might reverse the order.
- And hey: this Christmas season, don't be dissin' the 'Mart. Because: awesomeness.
- Dan Cogan shares his journey away from exclusively contemporary worship, to embracing as well the time-tested songs of the church.