- Here’s a fascinating discussion of Deuteronomy 25:11-12 and the lex talionis, in which my JSOT article on that passage receives significant (and not overly positive) attention. I’ve just seen it and haven’t had a chance to comment yet, but go check it out anyway. And, make sure you read the comments, as they’re well worth following.
- Sam Storms, Why I Am/Not Charismatic: My Story
The label “charismatic”, sadly, is not only used pejoratively and often as a condescending slur, it is theologically ambiguous and bears cultural implications as well. One need only note that it is used to describe people as different theologically as Wayne Grudemand Gordon Fee, at one end of the spectrum, and Benny Hinn and Oral Roberts at the other. Has the term outlived its usefulness? Perhaps, but I suspect that it is probably here to stay, whether we like it or not
- Dane Ortlund looks at the life of Francis Schaeffer and the importance of doctrine.
Doctrine matters. But doctrine is meant to fuel some thing else—beautiful, radiant living. Standing immovably on the finished work of Christ will get us there.
- Jerry Rankin, Without the Gospel, It’s Not Missions
We can do a lot of good things that we ought to do, motivated by love, compassion for the needs of others and accruing no personal benefit, but is it missions? “Missions is the activity of God’s people to fulfill God’s mission.” And God’s mission, from before the foundation of the world, has been to redeem a lost world.
- Mark Driscoll’s Facebook comment the other day about effeminate worship leaders has generated quite the firestorm. Rachel Held Evans called him a bully and exhorted people to stand up to him. And, Dianna Anderson blistered him with Dear Mr. Driscoll. There are too many other critics to mention by name, but you can follow the hashtag #ManlyMen on Twitter for some other interesting takes. But, now here’s a defense of Mark Driscoll, arguing that his comments were probably unwise, but not as bad as everyone’s making them out to be.
I know it is difficult for those predisposed to dislike Mark, for those who are salivating for him to say something needlessly controversial — which unfortunately, he is very likely to do on any given day — to think through the lens of charity when it comes to things Mark says, but it seemed evident to me that in the now infamous Facebook solicitation of “stories on effeminate worship leaders” he was merely highlighting a stereotype nearly all of us are aware of and indeed that others make fun of all the time.
- Here’s a look st Social Media, Facebook Friends, and Why They Matter.
- Jim West points out a new online journal – Relegere: Studies in Religion and Reception, “an independent, open-access, peer-reviewed academic journal dedicated to the promotion and dissemination of innovative research in reception history, broadly conceived, within and across religious traditions.”
Jeff Goins, The Surprising Key to Becoming an Authority: “Some of the leading authorities on the web had no idea how to do what they were doing when they set out to teach people.”
- And, here are America’s fattest states: By the numbers – some interesting statistics from recent studies.