- Dianna Anderson offers a pointed response to Mark Driscoll in Dear Mr. Driscoll.
Now, Mark, I’m going to be upfront about this: I don’t like a lot of what you stand for. I think you have taken culturally defined roles, put the force of God behind them, and have hurt a lot of people in the process. But I know that I have a duty to put things in context – and I really, really try. But honestly, Mark, buddy, pal…you make it really, really hard.
Many theological tasks can be done, quite competently, by a non-believer: much of church history and biblical exegesis, for example. But the very heart and centre of theological investigation is reflection before the face of the transcendent mystery which we call God.
- Here’s a reflection on Rob Bell’s Love Wins from the books editor: Rob Bell’s Hell. (HT Tim Challies)
But why such hostility? Why would leaders attack as a threat and an enemy someone who shares their views of Scripture, Jesus, and the Trinity? What prevented leaders from saying, “Thanks, Rob, interesting views, but here is where we disagree”? When did “believing the right things” become equated with determining who is “saved” so that, as some have claimed, affirming Rob’s teachings might jeopardize one’s eternal destiny?
- Brian LePort had a post picked up by RelevantMagazine that is well worth reading: A Letter to My 18-Year-Old Self.
A decade ago it was almost my 19th birthday. This would mark the end of my teens. I was about to begin college, leave my family and hometown, and attempt to evolve into this thing called an “adult.” All things considered, I think I’ve done well, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t at least a few things I wish I would have known. The following is a letter to the 18-year-old me. This is what I would want to tell him if I had limited space to advise him about the future
- Shane Claiborne looks at The good, bad and ugly parts of the emerging church. (HT Koinonia)
Some “emerging church” folks have repeated some of the mistakes of fundamentalism (only with more tattoos), and others have repeated the mistakes of liberalism (only with more wit).
- Here’s an interesting look sat Why We Oppose Votes for Men, a 1915 parody of the reasons given for not allowing women to vote.
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