Augustine Quotes

October 21, 2014

Here’s a brief selection of some important Augustine quotes. Here’s one:

What does love look like? It has the hands to help others. It has the feet to hasten to the poor and needy. It has eyes to see misery and want. It has the ears to hear the sighs and sorrows of men. That is what love looks like.

The Importance of Baptism

October 21, 2014

From Roger Olson, thoughts on the importance of baptism.

Beauty

October 21, 2014

Some thoughts on beauty. Here’s a bit of the history:

At any point before World War One, if you asked any philosopher or intellectual what was the point of art, poetry, music, painting, sculpture, architecture, all of them of each generation all the way back to Socrates would have said the purpose of art is to seek beauty. Socrates himself would have said that by beauty, by the strong love and longing created in the human breast at the sight of something sublime, we are drawn out of ourselves, and are carried step by step away from the mundane to the divine.

What has changed and what are the implications?

The End of the Rapture

October 21, 2014

The recent Left Behind disaster (apparently the disaster many of us expected) has prompted many comments on the rapture. And some of the criticisms are certainly deserved. N. T. Wright, whose work I generally appreciate takes his shot here. As a Brit, I sometimes suspect he hasn’t heard the best case for and explanations of the rapture, but I’ll take his comments under advisement. Here’s the Gospel Coalition’s representative, one which is skeptical but pretty balanced. The comments at the end are helpful:

And be aware that the secret rapture is one of those “secondary doctrinal issues” over which Christians can disagree. It grieves me to think of churches or Christians dividing over it. If you’re a secret rapture skeptic (as I am, if you couldn’t tell), will you be upset if you’re wrong and you get raptured? “Hey Jesus, why did you rapture me? Didn’t you read my TGC article?”

We could all use a dose of humility on these kind of issues.

An Optimistic Case on the future of the University

October 20, 2014

Here’s an optimist’s case. I’m not entirely convinced, though the bleakest accounts of the future are likewise to me not entirely believable. But big changes are coming – and some things we all like and value will be lost, I suspect.

Flipped Classroom

October 20, 2014

I thought these were some good ideas about the move toward a “flipped” classroom. I wish I’d heard some of these when I began thinking about this.

Online Images

October 20, 2014

This was cool news. Millions of public domain images put on the web.

Bible 3.0

October 20, 2014

Brian McLaren suggests we are entering a new era of Bible reading. Here’s a description:

Bible 3.0, as McLaren characterises it, is an approach that sees the Bible less as inerrant and more as being “in conversation with everything and everyone”.

I suspect this may be what is happening in many cases, though I’m a bit less sanguine about the outcome. There may be a better way.

Some thoughts on evangelicalism

October 20, 2014

Some thoughts on the importance of “form” (structured practices and ways of life) and their sometimes lack in evangelicalism. This would include moving away from more strictly conceptual frames (e.g., worldview) and thinking more deeply. Probably a good thing overall.

Untranslatable words

October 20, 2014

I have to admit I’m a sucker for lists like this. Here’s an example: I have some friends who are frioleros. You’ll have to look to see what I mean. Here’s a hint. I used to live in Minneapolis.


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