Here we go. Remember, this is likely to receive updates through noon, TX time.
- Here's a thoughtful dad's-eye review of the recent Disney musical Into the Woods. Unfortunately it's a Roman Catholic rather than Christian perspective, but still instructive.
- I just saw, and loved, Through The Eyes of Spurgeon. Great film, joy to watch. I recommend it heartily.
- Only two nits would I pick. One is, I didn't love the suggestion that Spurgeon was bipolar. It struck me as anachronistic and, as one who knew well someone afflicted with that disorder, not a good fit.
- The other: I didn't love the suggestion that "Bishop" Vinter had lied to Spurgeon to get him to preach the first time. So I've put up the story in Spugeon's own words.
- So here's another step in America's march towards an Are-you-now-or-have-you-ever-been-a-Bible-believing-Christian? society: Atlanta Fire Chief Kelvin Cochran fired (no pun) for being a known Christian.
- Kevin Bauder has been doing a series on The Gospel Coalition, noting the oddities in its actual alliances and shunnings. Most recently, he notes its embrace of charismaticism. Bauder notes that "charismatic theology leads to some truly vicious extremes, a tendency that produces two other problems. The first is that even the more moderate charismatics (who may personally repudiate those extremes) seem unable to apply any sort of theological brake to charismatic thought as a whole. The second is that charismatics tend to embrace extreme figures on the basis of their shared charismatic experience." I do believe he's playing our song...or we, his. Either way, same song.
If Paul had said "forbid not to babble gibberish" or "despise not irresponsible hit-and-miss pop-offecies," Charismatics wld have a point
— Dan Phillips (@BibChr) January 5, 2015
- Fred Butler attempts to bring logic, facts and consistency to some LGBT advocates. Hilarity ensues. Fred is as nuanced, careful, helpful and sensitive as ever.
- And as a Freddie Double-header, a wonderful little piece on scientific atheist scientist Sam "Science" Harris.
- N. T. Wright, always helpful. Blogger Rachel Miller notes that Wright has considerately wrapped up the essence of everything that's wrong with his theology and approach in one chapter-heading.
- Everyone knows I love DBTS and their blog, and respect and enjoy the writings of Mark Snoeberger. Not so much his recent defense of functionalism, as you will see by my pushback commentary and the good doctor's response.
- Apostate Church is apostate. (h-t reader Robert Sakovich)
- If you think you'll never hear a professed Christian trying to weekend-at-Bernie's the concept of shacking up... well, enjoy your stay in Neverland. Meanwhile here on Earth, Lyndon Unger begins a series on the subject with a robust affirmation of the sufficiency of Scripture.
- On that topic, seriously, openings for the Sufficient Fire Conference are dwindling and unlikely to last too long: so register, and come.
- Remember how the PCUSA jumped the sharked decades ago when it defrocked faithful witness J. Gresham Machen? And you know how relatively Biblically faithful people still choose to stay-in, you know, to be "witnesses"? You know what the PCUSA does to folks like that when they get too noticeable? Well... it defrocks them.
- Think of all the things the PCUSA doesn't care whether its ministers do. And it doesn't care if you disagree... as long as you keep the money coming in. But wait... shouldn't the Machen matter have taught us that?
- So: are you not feeling enough of a cowardly, rutted failure at personal witnessing? No? Here, let me help:
- You're welcome. (H-T David Murray)
- Thom Rainer offers a post with a looong meta on the topic of church announcements. Years ago a pastor-friend's announcements seemed to go on forever, and I commended shortening them since he was simply restating what was already in the bulletin. He did shorten them, and said the result was that nobody knew what was happening, because they were used to not reading their bulletins.
- One's tempted sometimes to say "We have a variety of meetings through the week. But you already know that. So let's pray and take the offering."
- As long as we're dealing with things-that-are-bring-reconsidered, here are Bob Hayton's thoughts on the Sunday Evening Service. Hayton leans against, but links to arguments of the opposing view.
"Elected because I selected" remains one of the most appalling, horrifying things I've seen a professed Christian say, ever.
— Dan Phillips (@BibChr) January 5, 2015