- Tim Kimberly, The Top Ten Theologians: #9 – Karl Barth
I anticipate, of all the Top Ten Theologians, Karl Barth (pronounced Bart) will be the most debated theologian on the list. I wrestled more with his inclusion and position on the list than I did with any of the other theologians. It is with excitement and yes, some trepidation, that I offer to you the life of Karl Barth.
- Philip Ryken, The Importance of the Arts in Christian Higher Education
Having experienced the enriching influence of the arts in my own life and believing that they are not merely a legitimate calling for certain individuals but also a necessary calling for the church, I see encouraging the flourishing of the arts as part of my role as the president of a Christ-centered college.
- Fred Sanders reflects on the passing of Gordon Kaufman, one of the leading liberal theologians of the last century.
Theology, according to Kaufman, finds its home within the general imaginative activity of humanity. The human mind constructs worldviews, and some of these worldviews include a God as the ultimate reference-point by which reality is comprehended.
- James K. A. Smith, The Medium Is the Message – reflecting on the formative nature of Christian liturgy.
What we need is Christian worship that embodies the unique logic of the Gospel, practicing and enacting the specificity of the Christian narrative. This is why, over time, the church, led by the Spirit, has communally discerned a certain given “shape” for core elements of Christian worship (which can then be “indigenized” in different ways in different contexts at different times).
- James McGrath gets the September 2011 Biblioblog Carnival started early with a truly impressive roundup of Bible/theology blog posts from the first half of August.
- Kevin DeYoung offers The Ten Commandments for Commenting on Blogs
- Lifehacker, The Simple Rules of the Oft-Abused Reply All
- And, here are the Worst Summer Movie Sequels of all time. Sadly, I’ve actually seen a few of these. Happily, I’ve only seen a few.