- Shawn answers the question “What IS the church?” by offering 3 Things the Church Is & 3 Things the Church Is Not. (I’m not sure how you define the church without referring to either the Gospel or the Kingdom, but he tries.)
If we get our definition of church from the pattern of the New Testament, we quickly begin to realize that the church is NOT how we have primarily defined it in our culture.
- John Johnson reflects on the business of life with Rest – A Four Letter Word?
Eleven years ago, I wrote about an observed hurry, in which we have lost our bearings, our sense of proportion. “Unavailable” seems a word from the past, going the way of cursive writing. But of course, with the aid of technology, it is more severe. We have the capacity to always be on, and if we let technology and social networks continue to influence our lives, we might forget how to shut down. And all of this is leaving us rather thin.
- Mark Driscoll responds to the uproar surrounding his Facebook post…kind of: Gender. Is it a socially constructed reality, or a God-given identity?
That’s a significant question, and how you answer it has massive implications. The question of gender underlies many current cultural conflicts and theological controversies that go beyond even the long standing debates about whether or not a woman can be a pastor and whether or not a man is to function as the head of his home.
- David Lose offers an answer to the question, Where Did the Bible Come From? He doesn’t handle/explain inerrancy terribly well and there’s no pneumatology in his answer, but it’s still worth reading. And, I’m particularly glad that he debunked the whole idea that the canon was established by imperial decree.
Ultimately, the most important factors influencing the final inclusion or exclusion of books into the Bible tended to be far more pedestrian and pragmatic than any of the three theories we considered above might suggest: longevity and utility.
- Peter Singer claims that the greatness of a nation is measured by how it treats animals. Apparently we can do whatever we want to people. But, being mean to animals is just pure evil.
- And, here’s a list of 25 Things You Didn’t Know Had Names.