- Trevin Wax posted some great thoughts on Why the Gospel Community Is Essential to Understanding the Gospel.
I fear that most evangelicals see the church as “just an implication of the gospel” instead of thinking, This is the whole point of the good news – God forming a people for His glory and the good of the world.
- Craig Blomberg asks, “Baptism’s No Big Deal, Is It?“, pushing back on the tendency to downplay baptism in some circles today.
I don’t for one minute want to argue for baptismal regeneration—the belief that you must be baptized to be saved. But I do want to insist that, if not normative, believers’ baptism by immersion as soon as feasible after conversion was the normal practice of the New Testament church and it should be ours also.
- Mike Bird reflects on the relationship between Incarnation and Gospel.
the gospel presentation itself does not require an absolute statement of Jesus’ co-equal deity with the Father. Thus, incarnation is the presupposition of the gospel, not its content. But the incarnation is no less significant for that fact.
- Greg Boyd twittered probably the least helpful comment on the hell debate that I’ve seen yet: “Maybe the most important question about hell is- just how badly do you need to be right in your view of it?” Really, is this the single most important question we can ask on the subject?
- Aaron Armonstrong is giving away some great books.
- The Atlantic has an article on The First 20 People Who Joined Facebook.
- Stephen Colbert “defends” Sarah Palin, proving that he could have ridden a horse while ringing a bell and firing multiple warning shots from a front-loading musket. (HT Jim West)
- And, here’s a list of 11 Bizarrely Wrong Beliefs Americans Have about Themselves