- Kevin DeYoung, Those Tricksy Biblicists - a very helpful summary of, and response to, the discussion surrounding Christian Smith’s The Bible Made Impossible: Why Biblicism Is Not a Truly Evangelical Reading of Scripture.
I am very interested in “rescuing” the inerrancy, clarity, necessity, and sufficiency of Scripture, but have no interest in promoting a biblicism that eschews church tradition, cultural context, and a christocentric reading of Scripture. Does that make me a biblicist? Or maybe it means, like Smith concedes relative to J.I. Packer, that I am “no simple-minded biblicist,” not “a straight-out, hard-core biblicist.”
- Roger Olson, Was Kierkegaard an Evangelical – Part 2 - a great discussion of Kierkegaard, truth, and subjectivity.
I can say with confidence that MacArthur and Schaeffer were both wrong about K. There is no hint in K’s writings that he denied the “True truth” of God’s revelation of himself in Jesus Christ and the gospel. He simply didn’t think this truth is amenable to rational or empirical proof and that trying to prove it undermines it because this particular truth, by its very nature, requires personal commitment.
Here is my basic formula:
For every 100 souls, there must be a full time pastor/elder to watch over them. I have about 100 members and I am the only full time pastor at my church, but I feel like I am able to keep up with what is going on in everyone’s lives and give the attention where it is most needed with the help of other unpaid elders.
- Mark Stevens, Scholars, Pastors and Idolatry…
Surely pastoral ministry is in far greater need of workers than universities and seminaries! I wonder of the rise of the celebrity scholar has provided us with another false god to worship. The lure of book deals, travel and SBL meetings appears far better a life than sermons, marriage counselling and board meetings!
- NPR discusses Leftovers, a new novel about the lives of people left behind after the rapture. (No, it’s not just another Left Behind novel.)
- The Tennessean offers an interesting summary of the complementarian/egalitarian debate. I’m always curious to see how that gets portrayed in popular media. And, this story actually does a decent job.
- And, here are 18 Things You Didn’t Know about ‘Firefly’