- Roland Boer argues that ideas are not as important as we think. (Kind of ironic given that what he’s presenting is an idea. But still worth reading.) HT Jim West
the unchallenged assumption is that if we can change the ideas of others who read these texts, we can thereby influence their actions in a way that would benefit our human, animal, and earthly society. The key to change is a change in attitudes; assume one and nearly all will change their attitudes and act accordingly.
- Mack Stiles presents the Nine Marks of a Healthy Parachurch Ministry.
The standard cliché for parachurch is that it’s not the church, but an arm of the church. Yet historically, that arm has shown a tendency to develop a mind of its own and crawl away from the body, which creates a mess. Given the grand scope and size of many parachurch ministries, those which go wayward can propagate error for years: missionary organizations become gyms, heretical seminaries pump out heretical pastors, and service organizations produce long-term confusion between the gospel and social action.
- And, here’s one for all us coffee lovers: coffee may be making us healthier.
Coffee is officially off the vice list as new studies show health benefits for ailments ranging from cancer to Parkinson’s disease.
- Anthony Bradley asks what would happen if there was no “evangelical vote” in 2012. (HT Evangeltweet)
This would mean no voter guides published by any Christian non-profit or para-church organizations; no indirect endorsements of candidates on Christian talk radio, or on television, or by pastors; and no giving political candidates, or their emissaries, access to any churches, Christian colleges, or any group of gathered believers for any reason. What would happen?
- And, here’s a video that you really need to watch. Mentos, a plastic pop bottle, and a video camera. What could possible go wrong?