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The Supremacy of Christ in a Postmodern World

Desiring God

In anticipation of a serious dive into DeYoung and Kluck’s Why We’re not Emergent: By Two Guys Who Should Be, I snagged a copy of The Supremacy of Christ in a Postmodern World (editors John Piper and Justin Taylor). Chapter authors include: David Wells, Voddie Bucham Jr., John Piper, D.A. Carson, Tim Keller, and Mark Driscoll. The book exists as a direct result of the 2006 Desiring God National Conference (Minneapolis) held to explore the Supremacy of Christ in our postmodern and increasingly diverse contemporary world. The conference speeches have been complied to form this volume. Read More »

Introduction to Why We’re Not Emergent

Not Emergent

Why We’re Not Emergent: By Two Guys Who Should Be is a sturdy but cordial critique of the Emergent Conversation. It is a critique that may just prove to be the final straw that breaks an increasingly unpopular and self-contradicting camel’s back. Why we’re Not Emergent is a really good read. I highly recommended it to anyone who wants to take a closer and deeper look at the emergent church movement. Read More »

The New Centrist Evangelical Voting Block

Rev Dr Anthony Campolo, professor emeritus of Sociology at Eastern University, Pennsylvania, thinks the new centrist evangelicals could decide the upcoming election. Campolo says:

There are millions of us who espouse an evangelical theology but who reject being classified as part of the religious right.

Right on, Campolo. I do think this fresh expression of evangelicalism is here for the duration. It will be an interesting next few years in the church, to say the least. Good times!

Dinesh D’Souza Debates Christopher Hitchens

If you have not watched Dinesh D’Souza, speaker and author of New York Times Bestseller What’s So Great About Christianity, debate Christopher Hitchens on: Is Christianity the Problem?, you should! Also, be sure to visit dineshdsouza.com for more resources and a much-needed response to the new atheist offensive. Bonus: Check out his most recent AOL News articles titled Atheist Bashing Week (the last paragraph is sharp!) and Ben Stein Exposes Richard Dawkins.

Ron Sider and Evangelicals for Social Action

Have you considered Evangelicals for Social Action? I have; I just joined as a member too! It is very likely that the continued rise of such culturally relevant and biblically solid Evangelical expression will render newer and thinner expressions pointless and maybe even a tad silly too (the more videos like this I watch, the less I want to hang out with either side).

Suggestion: If you are looking for something deeper, don’t toss out all of Evangelicalism just because a whole bunch of people may have not expressed it as well as it could have been. Don’t buy into the latest book-selling gimmick or popular fad. Just dive even deeper into faith and history and do it right yourself. You may find others who will happily join you on this deep journey at Evangelicals for Social Action.

Incidentally, ESA was founded by Ron Sider - author of Rich Christians in an Age of Hunger and The Scandal of the Evangelical Conscience (these books, according to the web site, articulate ESA’s vision). Read More »

Holy Week 2008

Holy Week 2008 begins tomorrow morning! Have a blessed and prayerful week! May you be visited by Father, Son, and Spirit, in the manner most needed. Peace.

A Middle East Council of Churches Mailing

I signed up to be on the mailing list for the Middle East Council of Churches (MECC) while I was in Beirut in 2006. The following communique re: Bishop Boulos Faraj Rahho of the Chaldean Church in Iraq came this morning. I would not even be aware this was happening, if it were not for the MECC mailing. Read More »

The Stubbornness and The Journey

We are a stubborn lot. Let’s not fool ourselves with grandiose visions of our spiritual selves. We are a notoriously stubborn bunch of people, especially as it concerns matters of faith. Very, very few of us will break from the early patterns we set - or that were set for us - in our spiritual journey. Why do you suppose that is? Why do you suppose we think we have arrived, when in actuality God only extended to us an invitation to begin a life-long journey? We are invited, by God, to join him in a journey that only begins when we humble ourselves and say, “Yes!” The journey begins when we say yes to God! We are all invited to this “Yes!” I wonder, however, why and how so many of us confuse or mistake the invitation for the party? Read More »

The Socio-liberal and Conservative Religious Onion

A question concerning the way the Bible is used in this left vs. right USA socio-cultural context of ours has been nagging at me for more than a few days. I can’t quite put my finger on the problem that I feel is revealed in the way the Bible is used to buttress conservative and/or liberal arguments inherent to contemporary socio-cultural debate(s). I do know this much: I think such use of the Bible only produces that which the Bible was never intended to produce. The product? A nationalistic and extremely limited expression of the Gospel. This does great damage to God’s story.

The following is my best attempt to articulate the convolution conceived during the socio-cultural left and right’s wrestling match for the Bible. It’s abstract, at best.

The socio-religious liberal is quick to brand the literal interpretation of the Bible advanced by the socio-religious conservative as detriment. For example, when an important subject such as homosexuality is raised, the liberal interpreter quickly flips to Deuteronomy and points at archaic, forgotten, and/or discarded aspects of the Code. We don’t care if our fabric is made with mixed-materials anymore; we don’t adhere to the Sabbath; we don’t execute adulterers. “This material can not, therefore, be taken literally,” says the liberal interpreter. Fair enough; no ‘major’ problems, yet. The problem, however, arises when the socio-religious liberal, in an attempt to defend his or her respective argument(s) in contemporary socio-cultural debate(s), leaps to another hermeneutic and proclaims aspects of the Code - aspects that are rooted in identity rather than historical and/or cultural relativity, and are consequently not as easy to dismiss - irrelevant. This problem is not located in the declaration of Code irrelevancy itself, but in the literal gymnastics required to make it. Read More »

Luke’s Pragmatic Attribution of the Term Savior

The Lukan reference to Jesus of Nazareth as ‘Savior’ has more to do with the later Christian community’s need for eschatological reconsideration than the author’s Christological perception. Read More »