The funniest part comes at the end when she “sets to do whatever she wants.” Right, that’s how it works.
- People Who Eat People: Hannibal and TV’s New Darkness: From Dexter and The Walking Dead to True Detective and Hannibal, our tastes for television are skewing darker; we’re losing ourselves not just in anti-heroes, but in horror itself. What are we really escaping into, though? (Hazlitt)
- Are Millennials Really Leaving the Church? Yes — but Mostly White Millennials: All the hand-wringing stories about young adults leaving religion overlooks the vibrancy and growth of multiethnic churches. (On Faith)
- Theology Is Poetry: It is the shading in a world of lines, the winch that straining, pulls words from the page and into the 3-dimensional. Despite being the study of an objective Truth, it is the thing that makes a complex faith applicable to a complex life. (Miriam Dale)
- The Literature of the Standing Desk: It’s taller, sleeker, and less hospitable than its slouchier cousin. In the way that it mimics a lectern, a podium, or a drafting table, it reminds the writer that this activity requires blood, enzymes, and exertion. Here is your novel, spread out like a map or a campaign speech. Here are your poems, arranged like blueprints. Pace, stamp your feet, fold your arms, but stay upright. Stand there like it’s the prow of a ship. (The Millions)
- Welcome to Syndicate: A New Forum for Theology: Syndicate provides a new forum for theological discourse. Modeled upon conference symposia, the discourses of Syndicate focus upon particular books and provide substantial critical engagement among a group of scholars whose shared interests intersect upon the featured books. (This looks like an excellent new resource. Check out the current discussion of Ephraim Radner’s A Brutal Unity.
- Liberals’ Dark Ages: How ironic that the persecutors this time around are the so-called intellectuals. They claim to be liberal while behaving as anything but. The touchstone of liberalism is tolerance of differing ideas. Yet this mob exists to enforce conformity of thought and to delegitimize any dissent from its sanctioned worldview. Intolerance is its calling card. (Kirsten Powers)
- Pentecostalization and Pluralization: The New Latino Religious Landscape: In short, pluralization and Pentecostalization are the two great takeaways from the new Pew survey of the Latino religious landscape. I expect that both trends will continue apace in the near future as the competitive marketplace of faith continues to diversify throughout the Americas. (HuffPo)
- Read or Get Out of the Ministry: John Wesley told young ministers to “read or get out of the ministry.” Those are strong words, but Wesley believed reading was essential for development. Of Wesley, A.W. Tozer wrote, “He read science and history with a book propped against his saddle pommel as he rode from one engagement to another.” (Eric Geiger)
The very job that promised life proved to be death to me.
For grading, seizing an opportunity through the teaching, deceived me and through it killed me.
So the teaching is holy, and the classroom is holy and righteous and good.
Did that which is good, then, bring death to me? By no means! It was grading, producing death in me through what is good, in order that grading might be shown to be sin, and through the classroom might become sinful beyond measure.
For we know that the teaching is spiritual, but I am of the flesh, sold under grading.
Romans 7:9-14 VLT (very loose translation)
Romans 7 never made so much sense.
[At the end of each semester, professors everywhere take a collective deep breath…and then let it out in the form of one long complaint. I think we’re mostly annoyed at ourselves for once again assigning more work than we actually want to grade. Anyway, this is a post I wrote a couple of years back, but it fit my mood this morning as I’m finally reaching the end of this semester’s grading. Enjoy.]
- How Not to Fight Calvinists: This isn’t a post about how-to-not-fight Calvinists, because a clear theological dispute can be a good thing. It’s a post about how-not-to-fight them; it’s about one specific tactic that I think is both inaccurate and unproductive. (Fred Sanders)
- Lighten Up, Christians: God Loves a Good Time: We say we want to be like God, and we feel we mean it. But we don’t. Not to be harsh, but if we did really mean it, we would be having a lot more fun than we are. We aim for safety and cultural respectability instead of following our stated first principles: that we are made in God’s image and should strive to imitate him. (N. D. Wilson)
- 5 Ways to Integrate Theology into Your Ministry: Do not, in the name of being faithful, stick to your preaching plan so rigidly that you fail to speak truth into significant events that shock or affect the sensibilities of your congregation….Show them how the Word of God addresses those types of events and how the gospel is the ultimate need. (Hershael York)
- The Church Needs More Tattoos: Not everyone with tattoos is an unbeliever or has lived a hard life, of course. But the larger point remains, how many people don’t listen to our gospel message because they assume they don’t “look” like the kind of people who would follow Jesus? (Russell Moore)