Archives for June 2012

Mental Weasling and Extreme Partisanship

This post is by Ann F-R, and it is on Jonathan Haidt’s new book, The Righteous Mind. Last time, we looked at how naturally humans weasel our way – or, to be more exact, we imagine we weasel our way – out of accountability to our own words and actions, and seek justifications to confirm [Read More…]

Love it!

Two of my students, and you can go to this link to get to Kate and Miriam, two wonderful students, wrote the Jesus Creed on the wall of their room! Awesome! [Read more…]

Economics Since Jesus

By James Nye: “Viewed as a whole, the graph shows the creeping restoration of Asian economic supremacy as the rest-of-the-world catches up to the West and surpasses its levels of industrialisation. Charting the globe’s 10 major powers since the time of Jesus, the graph can be broken down by simply applying a cut off point at [Read More…]

Baptists Chasing Methodists

From Christian Post: Membership in the Southern Baptist Convention dropped again over the last year, according to a new report. The largest Protestant denomination in the country now counts less than 16 million members. This marks the fifth straight year the SBC has lost members. Primary worship attendance has also dropped by 0.65 percent to [Read More…]

Brickner, Piper, and the Pickle Jar

The issue here is if Israel as a State is a reflection of divine election and mercy, or whether the NT promises annul that national election. Brickner says Yes the State is the result of divine mercy/election because he believes the NT does not annul the promises to ethnic/physical Israel but thinks they continue right [Read More…]

What Makes a Church Work?

In the 1970s and 80s, Willow Creek did something churches hadn’t previously done — they surveyed a community to find out why people were not going to church and then imagined and created a church that met the needs of that demographic. Mark Driscoll and Rob Bell each established a church called “Mars Hill” and [Read More…]

The Heresy of American Nationalism

I didn’t spend my time wandering ahead in Ross Douthat’s Bad Religion to see what was next on his heresy agenda, so I was surprised a right-wing analyst in the NYTimes would take on America’s nationalism as a heresy. The one person in his scope in this chp is Glenn Beck, who himself blames Woodrow [Read More…]

Jeff Cook’s New Kind of Apologetics

Gotta watch this … I hope Jeff’s book will be widely read. [Read more…]

CT’s Discussion betw. Brickner and Piper

CT’s discussion between Messianic Jew David Brickner and John Piper concerns supersessionism, though both of them are soft-shoeing enough the debate isn’t as clear as it ought to be… hoping for some more clear-headed thinking in the days ahead. Michelle Van Loon gets after it a little more directly: This week, Christianity Today’s website featured the [Read More…]

Prayer for the Week

O Lord, make us have perpetual love and reverence for your holy Name, for you never fail to help and govern those whom you have set upon the sure foundation of your loving­kindness; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. [Read more…]