- Was John the First Baptist? Was John’s baptism the first baptism the world knew? Commentators are not quite agreed on the history of Christian baptism. Obviously Christians baptize, and obviously Jews don’t. But was John the Baptist the first to actually baptize? Or were the Jews doing baptisms in the inter-testamental period?
- Questions about Contextualization: Of course, contextualization is not merely a communications issue. Proponents really offer contextualization as a necessary missiological strategy. The intent is to find ways to faithfully communicate the gospel message to other cultures (though not all missiologists and practitioners hold to this principle or are successful at its application). In the domestic context, doing missions where we live, I have a few questions and thoughts I’m trying to flesh out.
- Coaching Young Leaders Effectively: Seven Observations: Young, developing leaders are looking for relationship, and they will receive coaching and mentoring from those with whom they have relationship.
- America’s “Angriest” Theologian Faces Lynching Tree: When he was boy growing up in rural Arkansas, James Cone would often stand at his window at night, looking for a sign that his father was still alive. Cone had reason to worry. He lived in a small, segregated town in the age of Jim Crow. And his father, Charlie Cone, was a marked man.
- The Daily Beast lists The 13 Most Useless Majors, From Philosophy to Journalism, based largely on unemployment rates and expected earnings for graduates. And yes, “religious studies” made the list along with philosophy at number six.
- Google has finally launched its new cloud storage service.
- And, while we’re on the subject of technology, here are 7 Ways the Internet Has Been Used for Good
Just for Fun
- Jim Gaffigan on Whales