- Carl Trueman has started a series on Some Questions and Thoughts on Ministerial Calls
If the great need of this hour, as of every other, is preachers of the gospel, then it is surely worth while to reflect on a regular basis on the nature of, and qualifications for, a call to the ministry.
- Cynthia Nielsen discusses Augustin’s socio-political activism and his view of slavery.
even though our modern and postmodern sensibilities find highly problematic Augustine’s failure to condemn the institution of slavery, nonetheless, his theological commitments—imperfectly inflected and at times refracted through distorted cultural biases rather than theological truth—compelled him to intercede in word and deed on behalf of the poor and powerless.
- Matt Jenson asks what pietism is good for, discussing Michelle Clifton-Soderstrom’s Angels, Worms, and Bogeys: The Christian Ethic of Pietism
Far from being overly subjective, individualistic, emotional, and otherworldly…, Pietists are deeply and fundamentally integrative. Easy dismissals of the world-denying character of Pietism consequently fall flat. Their originating concern was that the doctrine of the established Lutheran church failed to make its way consistently and coherently into the life of the Christian community….It seems, then, that Pietists’ witness to Paul’s conviction that setting our minds on things above is precisely the way to go about doing good in the world.
- Tim Gombis discusses the importance of understanding the First Audience(s) of the New Testatment.
American evangelical Christian identity is completely shaped by individualism for a variety of really fascinating historical and cultural reasons. I’ve discovered that it’s almost impossible to pull people out of the mindset that considers the Bible as “God’s love letter to me.”
- Fred Sanders offers a list of good books on the Holy Spirit.
- In case you were wondering, here’s an infographic showing Which dictator killed the most people?
- Forbes has a list of the 5 richest spiritual leaders in Africa (the winner has an estimated net worth of 150 million). I wonder what a similar list of America’s spiritual leaders would look like? Would we have to include Oprah?
- And, here’s a list of The 6 Most Ill-Conceived Weapons Ever Built. (Warning: Cracked content)