- Timothy Dalrymple looks for ways to find spiritual life in a technological world.
Do you see the problem? The natural world is filled with “pointers” toward God, yet few of us work amidst the wonders of the natural world. More of us work amidst the wonders of technology, yet since we cannot see these things as pointers to God. Thus we are effectively cut off from God in our places of work. If we could sit in front of a computer and marvel at the work of God in fashioning a creation and creature for which such a computer is possible — then we would find ourselves surrounded by pointers to God.
- Just Spit It Out! Paul Helm takes N.T. Wright to task for beating around the bush.
The Bible – the Book of Proverbs and the New Testament in particular – has much to say about the ‘ethics of speech’. Those who currently stress the performative, speech-act character of language, should understand this. To speak is to act and so like all our actions, our speech has a moral texture.
- Ben Witherington discusses evangelical sub-cultures.
Are these variegations a sign of weakness or strength in the Evangelical movement? On the whole, the student of church history would have to say strength, because church mergers normally happen when denominations or groups are too weak to stand on their own any longer. Growth, development, new movements (say the Emerging Church movement) are all signs of diversity and usually of some sort of ferment, fervor, and development, often a healthy sign.
- Jon Bloom pushes back on the idea that you should only do what your heart tells you.
If our hearts are compasses, they are like Jack Sparrow’s. If our hearts are guides, they are Gothels. They are not benevolent, they are pathologically selfish. If we only do what our hearts tell us we will pervert and impoverish every desire, every beauty, every person, every wonder and joy. We will try to consume them for self-glory and self-indulgence.
- Melisa Wiginton talks about Christian institutional leaders who ditch church: “Some of us are just phoning it in, putting in appearances, marking time until the church gets completely different.”
- Michael Barber has been discussing arguments for the Catholic practice of praying to saints, with posts on Do Catholics teach salvation by works and not grace?, Does the practice detract from Christ?, and Does the practice have any biblical justification? It sounds like he has a few more posts in mind, so follow along if you’re interested. (HT Stuart James)
- NPR takes a look at the science of what annoys us. And, there’s an interesting quiz in the sidebar to determine how annoying you are. So, how annoying are you? Huh? Huh? Tell me. Tell me now.
- For you LoTR fans, it’s now official: Orland Bloom will be in the Hobbit, reprising his role as Legolas.
- And, here’s a list of 10 Things You Ought To Know.