- Two Approaches to the Incarnation: Paul Helm argues that we need to view the incarnation more as God’s condescension into the world than a military conflict between opposing powers.
- Confessing Courage – Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906-1945): “he taught that courage is not only standing up against the unbelieving world; it includes standing up against one’s own sin in the context of the local church.” (HT Trevin Wax)
- Literacy Matters–In Church: “In my former work as a high school teacher and now as an educational researcher, I’ve been amazed at the diversity of teens’ experiences, delighted by the creativity and resourcefulness that they demonstrate in various contexts, and impressed with their articulation about things that matter to them. My experiences with teens don’t negate these “moralistic therapeutic deism” findings from recent national studies, but they do prompt me to go beyond blaming teens for being self-centred and inarticulate.”
- The Book of Books: What Literature Owes the Bible: Marilynn Robinson has an excellent piece in the NYT on literature and the Bible. “The Bible is the model for and subject of more art and thought than those of us who live within its influence, consciously or unconsciously, will ever know.”
- Denny Burk offers a plan for reading the Greek NT in one year.
- Out of Ur offers some excerpts from Rob Bell’s farewell letter
Just for Fun
- The 29-second wait to see what happens to this cat is totally worth it. Trust me.