A great question. How is it possible to make Christianity boring and dull? Many people seem to do so and it’s worth thinking about how to avoid that.
An interesting post about the way the music of much of the contemporary Christian scene was originally part of an organic liturgy or perhaps charismatic sacrament. As such, when they were borrowed by more mainline traditions, something important was lost about their function. That is (in Veith’s words):
So worship implies a theology, and theology is embodied in worship. And you can’t just mix and match.
Some reflections on Christian colleges and their evolution, inspired in part by Molly Worthen’s book mentioned a few posts back.
A thoughtful discussion of what it means to say God creates the world for his glory. Is God an egotistical maniac? As you might guess, the answer is no and this post will help you avoid some of the common misunderstandings of the concept.
An interview with Molly Worthen, whose Apostles of Reason: The Crisis of Authority in American Evangelicalism looks to be an interesting read. A number of ideas worth pondering, from her definition of evangelicalism to her take on some of the more current trends in the movement.
A bit of a controversy this past week. Here are a few interesting takes on it.
Here’s a link to one of the original posts with a link to a discussion of Rap music by a bunch of older (mostly) white guys. If I’d been on the panel, I would have been one of them (but hopefully would have said something more helpful and constructive).
Then came the responses. Here are just a few:
From Owen Strachan.
Here’s Mike Cosper.
And Ligon Duncan.
And there are many more out there. And let’s face it, if you’ve lost Al Mohler, you probably have gone too far.
This explains a lot. Maybe it’s good we don’t have tenure? On second thought, it still mostly works the same.
An essay which discusses the increasing stratification of the professoriate and some possible alternative futures. Worth a read.
I think it’s more right than wrong, and that’s scary. And a bit funny.