- Christopher Seitz recently presented a paper at DTS on “The Trinity in the Old Testament: A Canonical Approach” (HT Ancient Hebrew Poetry).
- Near Emmaue offers an NT Wright podcast that looks pretty interesting in the range of topics that Wright discussed.
- Jim West has a great post of Zwingli’s response to John Eck back in the day.
- Here are some tourist “relics” from Tornio
- And, in case you have managed not to be completely done with all things Lost, Slash Film has a roundup of Lost videos from around the internet.
- Resurgence has posted an article by Michael Horton on “Renewing the Great Comission.”
- Credo vs. paedo: John McArthur and R.C. Sproul discuss their respective views of baptism.
- Scotteriology offers some more thoughts on higher criticism and conservative reactions against it.
- Desiring God has posted another video of John Piper, this time discussing the significance of church membership. Kevin DeYoung offered some thoughts on this a few days ago in a post on “Why Christians Should Covenant Together through Local Church Membership.”
- And, apparently Waterworld may not have been a complete waste of time.
- The Center for Public Christianity has a 4-part video interview with Stanley Hauerwas on religion and violence, Christianity and the University, Reflections on Death, and Friendship and Community. (HT: Per Crucem ad Lucem).
- James McGrath offers a pretty extensive list of online blogs and resources dealing with the homosexuality debate from multiple perspectives. And, on that note, you may remember the preacher who was arrested in the UK for saying publicly that homosexuality was a sin. Well, apparently those charges have now been dropped.
- Resurgence has posted an excerpt from Preaching and the Emerging Church (you can download the free e-book here) that focuses on the issue of confrontational preaching. The excerpt contrasts Dan Kimball’s approach with Mark Driscoll’s, offering some thoughts on the need for preaching that stirs things up a bit.
- While we’re at it, we should note that Mark Driscoll has been named one of the 25 most influential preachers of the last 25 years. Whatever your take on Mark’s ministry style, it would be hard to disagree with that.
- The Huffington Post has a blog arguing that the modern fascination with cynicism and sarcasm in humor (e.g., Jon Stewart) is an expression of the anger and fear that this generation uniquely experiences in a broken and jaded world. And, he’s concerned that the church might be contributing to the problem.
- If you’re looking for a bit of a morbid start to your day. Here’s a video montage of every single death scene in Lost. Or, you could go with Conan O’Brien’s 5 favorite YouTube videos.
Okay, here’s a random phenomenon I’d like some feedback on. When I asked my wife to marry me – down on one knee, ring in hand – she looked me right in the eye and said, “Are you kidding?” Seriously. If I hadn’t been so stunned by this response, I’d have been tempted to say yes and go do something else. And, it wasn’t like this was a surprise. We’d been dating for four years and her family had already started to plan the engagement party.
So, I’ve always assumed that this was just an oddity produced by some weird confluence of astrological harmonizations, or some such thing. But on Sunday I found out that a friend of mine has just gotten engaged, and when he proposed, she said the exact same thing. As I hear it, she actually asked several times. And they’ve also been dating for several years. Is this normal!? Do women commonly assume that guys actually joke about this sort of thing?
If anyone has some deep biblical or theological explanation for this phenomenon, I would appreciate hearing it. Right now, I’m at a loss.
- If you haven’t seen the spoof video that’s been going around on the “contemporvant” worship service, you can check it out at Bob Kafflin’s blog along with his comments (HT: Tim Challies).
- Kevin DeYoung offers some brief words on how to handle questions about assurnace of salvation, focusing on theological, moral, and social responses.
- JesusCreed comments on a new book about the Gospel, ViralHope. I’m hoping to post a review of this one later this summer.
- In keeping with our recent discussions about doctoral programs, Denny Burk offers a video of John Piper dealing with whether pastors should get PhDs
- Liberty University has apparently given an honorary doctorate to Glenn Beck.
- And, finally, Scotteriology tells us that we teach your kids to lie so that they’ll do better in life.
- Faith and Theology has a fascinating post on the somewhat surprising connection between Barthian theology and Korean theology.
- The New York Times has a piece on historical Jesus studies that is worth reading if you want to see what the broader public is saying about this whole discussion.
- The latest edition of the Princeton Theological Review is now available online, with a focus in this issue on mission and ecumenics.
- I’m not entirely sure how to comment on this one, but there is a site out now called churchrater.com that presents itself as a Yelp-like church rating service. So far both NPR and the Chicago Tribune have done pieces on it. It looks like we’re taking church consumerism to an entirely new level.
- And, just when you thought it couldn’t get any worse, YouTube has announced that it now exceeds two billion views per day.
For your Sunday afternoon browsing pleasure:
- Daily Kos has a fascinating post arguing that our universe is actually an “artificial” universe produced by a “creator” living in some other, more original universe. (It’s actually much more complicated than that, but that’s the best I could do in one sentence.)
- Jesus Creed has a brief comment on two books by Luke Bretherton about what Christian participation in the public forum should look like today. He’s apparently arguing for Christian hospitality as a better alternative than appeals to natural law, power politics, or separatism.
- Not that I’m surprised, but I just found out that ABC has canceled Flash Forward. I knew I shouldn’t have started watching this one. They also canceled Scrubs, but I stopped watching that a few seasons back.
- If you’ve been staying up at night worrying about whether your cell phone is giving you brain cancer, a new study has found…nothing. So, you will have to keep worrying for a while longer.
For your Saturday reading pleasure:
- Englewood Review has a two-part review of Radical Ecumenicity: Pursuing Unity and Continuity after John Howard Yoder edited by John Nuget (part 1 here and part 2 here).
- Here is a series of video interviews with Orthodox theologian David Bentley Hart.
- For you Bonhoeffer fans, Euangelion has a review of Bonhoeffer: A Guide for the Perplexed.
- If you’re having a hard time getting up early enough to read this blog (or your Bible), Lifehacker offers the Top 10 Ways to Upgrade Your Morning Routine.