- Bruce Reyes-Chow calls on churches everywhere to stop making such a big deal out of their Easter services.
We put so much extra energy and time into our special services. We create special art installations, pull out the drama for the kids, we present choral pieces that require extra instrumentation and in most cases we do all of the above. In our hopes to please God, we go all out, especially for Easter. Well-intentioned rhythmic church activity, but activity that end up with people who are burned out and a worship service that looks nothing like the service that is held on a normal Sunday.
- Peter Leithart discusses Dostoyevsky and liberal theology.
Like all liberal theology, Dostoevsky leaves Jesus with an easy out: He didn’t fix things because that would infringe on human freedom; He didn’t fix things because He didn’t want to. If Jesus did intend to fix things, then we need to feel the full power of the Ivan’s question, Why ain’t they fixed?
- Nigel Biggar argues in support of state authorized and supported churches. (HT)
The establishment of the Church of England serves as a public affirmation of one worldview that sustains a humanist anthropology and a liberal ethos, when humanist liberalism is under threat and in need of defence and promotion. Such an establishment is compatible with the free exercise of religion and the equal dignity of all citizens in a plural society. The secularist argument that liberty, equality and fairness in a plural society require, and are best served by, disestablishment is not cogent. I rest my case.
- Halden posts a great, extended quote from Barth on the primacy of the family. Here’s one line, but make sure you read the rest.
The coming of the kingdom of God means an end of the absolute of family no less than that of possession and fame.
- Seth Godin argues that when faced with difficult decisions, we should insist on the coin flip.
Very often, we’re challenged to make decisions with too little information. Sometimes, there’s no information–merely noise. The question is: how will you decide?
- John Byron is giving away Moyer Hubbard’s Christianity in the Greco-Roman World: A Narrative Introduction.
- Apparently elf ears are popular these days. Real ones.
- Here’s a post answering the question, “How Hard Is It to Dissolve a Body?” Read it. You know you’ve always wondered.
- And, here’s a list of the 10 Worst Sports Logos Ever.