Archives for July 2011

The Elegance of Evangelicalism

John Stott was the elegant evangelical. Not elegant in the sense of a contrived aesthetic. Not elegant by way of trying to be elegant. Not elegant by way of marketing elegance. No, Stott stood there faithfully and biblically and piously in such a way that the best of evangelicalism was elegantly displayed. As a college [Read More…]

Nick Kristof on John Stott

I’m a bit amazed by the kind of people who are praising John Stott, and I’m not surprised it is Stott but I am surprised by the sorts who see in him the elegance of evangelicalism. Including David Brooks and now Nick Kristof, both of them not particularly religious public intellectuals. Yes, Stott often stands [Read More…]

The Cape Town Commitment 12

The second part of the Cape Town Commitment [The Cape Town Commitment: A Confession of Faith and a Call to Action (Didasko Files)], is a call to action, and its focus is on the world we serve. Here are the themes of the second section, the section that calls for commitment to these elements: truth, [Read More…]

Prayer for the Week

Let your continual mercy, O Lord, cleanse and defend your Church; and, because it cannot continue in safety without your help, protect and govern it always by your goodness; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. [Read more…]

Saturday Afternoon Book Review (Wade Hodges)

I was very impressed with the deadly serious honesty in Wade Hodges’ e-book, Before You Go: A Few Sneaky-Good Questions Every Minister Must Answer Before Moving to a New Church, about pastors leaving churches and what they need to think about. So I asked Wade to write something up for this blog about why he [Read More…]

John Stott Remembrances

Today I want to open up the Comments to anyone who wants to record memories of John Stott, and you can also drop links to obituaries and memorials about this great man’s ministry. Perhaps you want to comment on what you have learned from him, which of his books has been most influential, or some [Read More…]

Weekly Meanderings

No surprise here. But last Saturday was a super-soaker, almost 7 inches of rain: “At O’Hare International Airport, 6.86 inches of rain had fallen as of 9:30 p.m. Saturday, the highest single-day total in Chicago since records were first kept in 1871, according to the National Weather Service. The city’s previous single-day record was set Sept. [Read More…]

Ashkenazic Jews are Smarter

By Hank Pellissier: Ashkenazi Jews are smart. Shockingly brilliant, in general. Impressively greater in brain power than the bulk of the human population. How did they get that way? Ashkenazi Jews, aka Ashkenazim, are the descendants of Jews originally from medieval Germany, and later, from throughout Eastern Europe. Approximately 80% of the Jews in the [Read More…]

Apples and Oranges, but still!

From Business Insider: According to the latest daily statement from the U.S. Treasury, the government had an operating cash balance of $73.8 billion at the end of the day yesterday. Apple’s last earnings report (PDF here) showed that the company had $76.2 billion in cash and marketable securities at the end of June. In other words, [Read More…]

Beyond Cynicism 2

Andrew Byers, in his very fine new book, Faith Without Illusions: Following Jesus as a Cynic-Saint, claims “cyncism is a sickness” and defines it as being contemptuously distrustful of human nature and motives. One of the reasons cynicism develops is legalism, and the cynic, when abandoning legalism, often ends up with a cynical substitute, but [Read More…]