- Here’s a fascinating post from someone pleading with his denomination not to ordain him. (HT @Rev_Gene)
So it is with a heavy heart that I beg you: Please do not ordain me. To do so would tarnish the faithful witness to Christian life and practice that we as a denomination seek to uphold in all things thereby causing me to question whether or not this is a Church worthy of all the sacrifices me and my family made in order to serve her.
- Here is Derek Miller’s last post, which was posted just after he died from cancer. It’s a fascinating reflection on death from a person who did not believe that anything would come next.
I haven’t gone to a better place, or a worse one. I haven’t gone anyplace, because Derek doesn’t exist anymore. As soon as my body stopped functioning, and the neurons in my brain ceased firing, I made a remarkable transformation: from a living organism to a corpse, like a flower or a mouse that didn’t make it through a particularly frosty night. The evidence is clear that once I died, it was over.
- The Washington Post discusses whether Lady Gaga’s Judas video is sacrilege or sacred art.
The video is set in a motorcycle gang; Jesus is the leader, Judas a thuggish member and Gaga is torn by her attraction to both. As a quick first reaction, I find it moving, both artistically and spiritually. What has always fascinated and frustrated me is the disconnect between the Gaga haters and what I, and some of my friends, see in her work.
- Scot McKnight reflects on George Eldon Ladd and the goal of Christian scholarship. (He’s also started a series on Anabaptist theology that should be worth following.
I don’t believe our goal as Bible or theology scholars is to be deemed among the finest of scholars or to find a place at the table, but to be faithful to Jesus Christ and to the gospel and to orthodox theology and to academic rigor. Yes, we are to work to discover and to be creative, but the driving passion to prove ourselves at the feet of others falls short of a true Christian telos.
- Roger Olson argues for a difference between “justifiable”and “just.”
Yoder seems right ideally while Niebuhr seems right realistically. So far, anyway, the only way I can see to mediate this difference is to advocate and practice repentance when involved in doing the lesser of two evils to avoid withdrawal from social responsibility.
- Randy Alcorn comments on a number of recent books on Heaven.
- Here’s a tease for Dexter Season 6. I haven’t watched it yet because I’m still in Season 3 and I’m afraid I’ll find out something I don’t already know. But, I thought I’d share it for all you other Dexter fans.
- Michael Kelley wants to know, “Why won’t God just tell me what to do?“
- HuffPo asks, “Should kids learn about the Devil and sin?“
- And, here’s a list of 7 Things You Don’t Need Anymore.