Are iPhones Making Us Unkind?

Technology changes us.  We’re often aware of how helpful it is, and thus we rush to use and apply it.  But we’re not often aware of the effect it has on us. You may recall the seminal 2008 article “Is Google Making Us Stupid?” by The Atlantic writer Nicholar Carr (his blog is engrossing).  In [Read More...]

David Brooks: We Need a Moral Economic Awakening

NYT columnist David Brooks has a thoughtful column out today called “The Next Culture War” that suggests that the shameful levels of debt our country is now carrying are a moral issue.  He’s got a great point, I think, though I disagree with him on a number of matters (the “culture wars” and the issues [Read More...]

Words from the Fire: Mohler’s Latest Challenges Church and Culture

Al Mohler has word out about his latest book, Words from the Fire: Hearing the Voice of God in the 10 Commandments (Moody, 2009).  On his website, he gives a teaser from the book’s introduction that caught my attention: The great philosophical crisis of our day is an epistemological crisis – a crisis of knowing [Read More...]

Don Carson, David Dockery, Tim Chester, and Ravi Zacharias: Events to Note (and Attend)

I wanted to compile a list of some notable conferences coming up that folks should be aware of.  I get sent notice of great events somewhat regularly, and it’s a privilege to play a very small part of conference promotion.  All of these events are coming up in the next month or so. 1. Wednesday, [Read More...]

Powerhouse Conference at Union University: Southern Baptists, Evangelicals, and the Future of Denominations

In just one month, from October 6-9, 2009 in Jackson, TN, Union University is hosting one of the more interesting conferences to be held in conservative Christian circles in 2009-10 (yes, I’m on the school calendar).  It’s entitled “Southern Baptists, Evangelicals, and the Future of Denominations” and it is worth attendance and attention. I would [Read More...]

Books to Buy: Dockery on SBC and Dutcher on Idolatry

Two books to highlight in this installment of Books to Buy.  This is not a review post, but a quick summary designed to put good books on your radar screen. The first is Union University president David Dockery’s new Southern Baptist Identity: An Evangelical Denomination Faces the Future (Crossway, 2009).  The text is an edited [Read More...]

The Link 8.8.09: Sweeney’s Edwards, Together for Adoption, Getting Crammed On

1. You may remember this from a little while back, but Doug Sweeney’s excellent Jonathan Edwards and the Ministry of the Word is now out as of a week ago.  Terrific overview of Edwards’s life and thought. 2. Have you checked out the Together for Adoption website?  If not, you really should.  It’s working toward [Read More...]

The Link 7.17.09: Fetuses Have Memories, Redemption Groups, and Obama on Responsibility

1. This just in: fetuses have memories.  If enough time passes, the personhood of fetuses will be a fact, one demonstrated by science.  What will that mean for the pro-choice movement? (Picture: Gray’s Anatomy) 2. Mars Hill Church of Seattle has a cool program going: Redemption Groups.  Love the attention they give to reaching lost [Read More...]

At SBTS, Fidelity Matters: A Friendly Response to Dave Doran

For those of you who did not follow my post about the Southern Seminary sesquicentennial and the subsequent discussion it sparked, Andy Naselli put together a nice blog about the two sides related to the McCall Pavilion controversy at Southern.  I’ll skip a lengthy summary and say this: Greg Gilbert and Mark Rogers agreed with [Read More...]

The SBTS Sesquicentennial: Recapping A Celebration of Faith

Today Southern Seminary–or, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary–celebrated its 150th anniversary.  This is known in fancy chronological language as a sesquicentennial. The day was an eventful and meaningful one.  Events at SBTS included a lunch at 12:30pm that drew way over 1000 people; a time for campus tours and fellowship afterwards; and a ceremony at [Read More...]


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