Flotsam and jetsam (12/19)

Good Reads

  • Are the Metro-Evangelicals Right? Andy Crouch (or his headline writer) coined the catchy term “metro-evangelicals” to describe the growing urban resurgence within American evangelicalism.
  • Looking Ahead to 2013: What Should the Church Expect? If you do not make assumptions about the future, then you are not leading. Good leaders constantly assess the cultural climate. In other words, they do research. Good leaders are also willing to change their assumptions. In other words, they are flexible.
  • We Wait Too Long to Train Our Leaders: Practicing anything mildly important, like say skiing or golf, without training is inadvisable. The fact that so many of your managers are practicing leadership without training should alarm you.
  •  Five Things You Should Know about Pastors’ Salaries: In many churches, the pastor’s salary is a quiet issue. There is a sense of discomfort from both the pastor and the members when the topic is broached. Such discomfort is unfortunate, however, because a number of churches will not seek every year to make certain the pastor is paid fairly.

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 Just for Fun   

  • Watch 300 movies in 7 minutes. Kind of. Filmography 2012 is a pretty amazing supercut of scenes from this year’s movies.



One Response to “Flotsam and jetsam (12/19)”

  1. PGR December 19, 2012 at 9:22 am #

    The article on Metro Evangelicals is interesting and a good critique. Keller is a wonderful preacher/teacher and his books have been a genuine blessing to me in my ministry. I regularly give them to folks (cf. Freedom of Self-Forgetfulness).

    But the whole “urbaneutics” of giving chief importance to cities in the kingdom plan falls short. First, Jesus spent more time in the Bumblyburgs than the Metropolis’. Second, it smacks of “Reaganomics as mission,” e.g. convert the folks at the top of the social networks and then let that gospel influence trickle down to the great unwashed. The irony is that Keller would admit he is primarily influenced by Harvie Conn. But Harvie valued cities as places of gospel focus because that is where the poor and marginalized were living, and he wanted to reach them. Last, and the article you linked helpfully points this out, the data from Scripture can be read not as an appeal for city mission, but “big brother” mission, i.e. reach the religious folks who think they get it first.

    Good link. Thanks.

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