Archive for February, 2014

Lacrae and Rapping as a Christian

February 22, 2014

A profile of Lacrae with discussion of the need to create art that reflects a Christian worldview rather than Christian art. An important point.

Some Facebook thoughts

February 21, 2014

Two interesting videos about facebook. Not sure they’re fully accurate, but they seem to make a lot of sense.

The Problem with Facebook: where are the dollars going to come from?

Facebook Fraud: Fake likes and how they shape facebook

 

 

Jonathan Edwards and Slavery

February 21, 2014

A video montage of several African-Americans discussing Jonathan Edward’s connection to slavery.

I Can’t Change

February 20, 2014

A very thoughtful perspective on Christianity and homosexuality.

Denominational Chart

February 20, 2014

I enjoyed this chart on denominations.

Missions and Mission

February 20, 2014

John Piper here comments on the recent study about the impact of missions on the health of nations. Here’s his point:

The implication is that the way to achieve the greatest social and cultural transformation is not to focus on social and cultural transformation, but on the “conversion” of individuals from false religions to faith in Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of sins and the hope of eternal life. Or to put it another way, missionaries (and pastors and churches) will lose their culturally transforming power if they make cultural transformation their energizing focus.

There are elements in this I appreciate, but I am afraid it may tend back to the old model of not really worrying about systemic issues. In a sense, it reduces God’s purposes in the world to evangelism, but it’s much more than that.It’s more helpful to think in terms of the mission of God; both/and rather than prioritizing one or the other.

Scared Straight

February 20, 2014

This is fairly funny. Higher education and debt are the topic.

You are what you read

February 20, 2014

As a follow up Rosario Butterfield’s visit to Wheaton, she provides some thoughts on reading and its role in transforming our understanding.

An Open Secret

February 20, 2014

The fact that the New York Times feels comfortable to say that gay marriages often omit fidelity and monogamy (their words) says something about where the marriage debate stands. I seem to remember not that long ago that the argument was that there would be no major differences and that those who suggested this might be the case were ridiculed for their bigotry. A secondary redefinition of marriage, perhaps?

Jesus and Empire

February 20, 2014

I’m teaching a course on Paul’s letters (and Acts) soon so am interacting a bit with N.T. Wright (actually a lot; the class is reading his Justification and Piper’s Future of Justification). But then there is this huge monstrosity from Wright I would like to be familiar with too. There’s not enough time. But posts like this have sparked my interest in important themes.