- Your Calling Isn’t Just Between You and God: When I tell the story of how I came into preaching as a calling, I have to acknowledge that my experience in the church is unusual. Not too many women have a story of how their church community called them out as a leader long before they saw that gift in themselves. And yet, communal affirmation may be especially crucial for women, who can be slow to self-select for leadership positions. (Hermeneutics)
- The Dangers of Suburban Contextualized Theology for the Urban Christian: This is not to say these books are evil or cause all believers in the urban context to harm themselves. But contextualization is important. We must consider the implications of what we teach and how it will be understood by people from different backgrounds. Books should challenge us to not value anything in our lives above Christ; but the application of this command will look different among varying backgrounds. (Reformed African American Network)
- 7 Suggestions for When You Preach about Homosexuality: The greatest impact of any sermon is not in the one hour service with God’s people gathered, but in conversations and applications during the other 167 hours of the week when God’s people scatter. This plays heavily in the recommendations below. It is God’s Word that changes hearts, but especially on sensitive subjects, God’s Word is often most effective in relationships of trust. With that said, here are some points to consider if you are preaching or teaching on homosexuality. (Bran Hambrick)
- Theology Conferences Part I of II: A Brief How-To Guide: If you are interested in an academic career, welcome to the world of conferences. For all their weaknesses, these are one of the main heartbeats of the academy. Over two posts, I will do my best to pass along what I have learned, thus speeding up the learning curve. (Scriptorium Daily)
Just for Fun
- Jurassic Park as a nature documentary actually looks pretty interesting.