- My Top 10 Theology Stories of 2013: The only thing I know about your reaction to this list of top 10 theology stories is that you won’t agree. Maybe partially, but not entirely. And that’s okay. None of us sees the full picture from God’s perspective. In five years we may not be talking about any of these events and trends….Actually, you’ve probably already forgotten a number of entries on this year’s list! (The Gospel Coalition)
- Phil Robertson on Homosexuality: A Conservative Christian’s Response (my favorite post on the Duck Dynasty brouhaha): while many conservatives probably line up with Phil Robertson and his remarks—perhaps wondering what the problem is and bemoaning our secular culture for hanging a man for being honest—I want to say that I was offended and discouraged at Phil’s remarks. (Preston Sprinkle) (You should also check out The Robertson Family Official Statement and Joe Carter’s Race, Reconciliation, and Phil Robertson.)
- The Great American Gender Debates of 2013: From Supreme Court cases to blockbuster films, these are the narratives on sex and gender that dominated the news this year. (The Atlantic)
- Art as Therapy: It comes naturally to most of us to think of music as therapeutic. Almost all of us are, without training, DJs of our own souls, deft at selecting pieces of music that will enhance or alter our current moods for the better. We know to go for something sonorous or vulnerable to dignify a downward spirit or to regain hope with a fast, generous rhythm. Yet few of us would think of turning to the visual arts for this kind of help. (Alain de Botton)
- Kindle Deal: Historical Theology by Gregg Allison. $5.99.
Just for Fun
- A while back, Mercedes produced a popular commercial using chickens to describe Mercedes’ handling. Watch the original, and then check out Jaguar’s fabulous response.