Archive for November, 2013

On Multi-site

November 30, 2013

Some thoughts on the multi-site church movement. I have some ongoing concerns (some of those theological issues Stetzer mentioned). But these are some helpful thoughts.

Discerning Reading

November 30, 2013

Some good thoughts on helping people in churches to read with more discernment. There’s a real need for this. As the post suggests, rather than slamming books we should teach people how to read carefully.

Bonhoffer and the Conspiracy

November 30, 2013

Interesting debate about Bonhoffer’s involvement (or not) in the Hitler assassination plot.

The End of Protestantism

November 30, 2013

Peter Leithart’s thoughts on the end of Protestantism. Worth a read.

Francis Grimke

November 30, 2013

An interesting case study of an African-American reformed pastor. The post suggests he is important for 3 reasons:

  1. He is an American. American Reformed political thinkers often appeal to theologians and theological traditions which neither originated nor found significant concrete expression in the United States. Its important that we take into consideration those whose theological engagement proceeds from the actual historical circumstances that we so often debate, not least chattel slavery and Jim Crow.
  2. He is Reformed. Grimke’s work bears out his indebtedness to his Princetonian Reformed education. Hodge, of whom Grimke spoke fondly for the rest of his life, once described Grimke “a very able man, highly educated, of high character, and worthy of all confidence.”  Princeton President James McCosh praised him when he said “I have heard him preach, and I feel as if I could listen to such preaching with profit from Sabbath to Sabbath”[2]
  3. He speaks from an oppressed position, a victim of America’s “original sin” of slavery. Most Reformed discourse concerning political theology is dominated by white males who have the privilege of theorizing without having to endure any form of bias or discrimination. Despite the degree to which this impasse of privilege and oppression has been alleviated, it nevertheless remains that white Reformed Americans are the products of a tradition that has often failed miserably and tragically when it comes to racial bias and discrimination. We need Grimke’s voice.

Some Friday Humor

November 30, 2013

There is such a thing as a dumb question. This proves it.

Calvin on the Lord’s Supper

November 29, 2013

An essay on Calvin’s view of the Lord’s Supper. The post suggests it be called suprasubstantiation.

Some Catholic Humor

November 29, 2013

A link to Between Heaven and Mirth, a book on humor by a Catholic author. Per Enns,

Martin feels that humor should be a central component of the spiritual life, but, speaking of his own Roman Catholic tradition, he laments that humor, “is seen almost as a strike against a church leader, when it should be seen as a requirement” (p. 51).

Why I Teach?

November 29, 2013

An essay on teaching.

Two Reviews of Strange Fire

November 29, 2013

The book, that is. One by Tom Schreiner (cessationist and Reformed), the other by Craig Keener (continuationist).