Things You Should Read: The New Themelios Journal

Just saw that the new Themelios is out.  You will want to give this one some time.  Oodles of good pieces and reviews geared at thinking Christians of all types. The new issue includes a nice piece from D. A. Carson of Trinity Evangelical Divinity School on the imperative behind missions.  Here’s a snatch: But [Read More...]

Do Academic Papers Matter, or Are They Pointless?

I just submitted a paper proposal for the 2012 meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society.  In the course of doing so, and after seeing a Tweet from a friend indicating a stronger desire to preach than give a paper, I thought I would say something brief about this. In short, academic papers matter.  Too often [Read More...]

Shaka Smart & How Athletic Coaching Is Like Pastoring

Shaka Smart is the basketball coach of Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) in Richmond.  For two years in a row, his teams have made it to the national tournament and overachieved.  He’s coveted now by many larger schools who can pay him a great deal more money than VCU. But he just surprised the college basketball [Read More...]

How to Learn from a Demon: Panel on Screwtape Letters

This from Theolatte, the blog of Dan DeWitt, the dean of Boyce College: Today at Boyce College we hosted a panel discussion on the impact of Lewis’ The Screwtape Letters in light of the seventy year anniversary of its publication. The participants included: myself; Dr. Jim Orrick, Professor of Literature and Culture; Dr. Owen Strachan, Assistant Professor [Read More...]

C. S. Lewis on Submitting with Patience

From The Screwtape Letters, number VI: Your patient will, of course, have picked up the notion that he must submit with patience to the Enemy’s will. What the Enemy means by this is primarily that he should accept with patience the tribulation which has actually been dealt out to him—the present anxiety and suspense. It [Read More...]

Jonathan Edwards on Roles within the Godhead

According to Michael McClymond and Gerald McDermott, for Jonathan Edwards, Trinitarian roles were important. More than most early modern Christian thinkers, Edwards delineated distinct roles for each of the three divine Persons.  The Father is “the fountain,” “the Deity without distinction.”  He is the great “author” of the plan of redemption who provided a redeemer [Read More...]

Are Mixed Martial Arts Ethical for Christians?

As it has done before, the New York Times just covered Mixed Martial Arts.  The article, “The Fight Club Generation,” is well worth reading. Here’s a snatch: Evidence that cage fighting has replaced boxing as the combat sport of choice, at least to some men of a certain age, has been quietly mounting for years. [Read More...]

Gospel Shrewdness: Why Churches in University Towns Are Highly Strategic

Al Mohler, president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, just preached a gripping sermon on what he called “gospel shrewdness” from Luke 16:1-13.   I heard Dr. Mohler speak on this subject in the White House when I worked for the same some years back; his brief remarks then stuck with me.  I had not heard [Read More...]

Make Disciples of All Nations: March 2012 Credo Magazine

Along with the brand-new 9Marks eJournal, Credo magazine’s March 2012 issue just released online.  It’s on missions, and it looks terrific. Here’s the blurb: “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that [Read More...]

Youth Football & Collisions: Really, Really, Really Bad News

ESPN just released this frightening data from the first study of youth football and the impact of head-to-head collisions: The first-ever study to measure the head impacts among youth football players has found that some hits absorbed by second graders are as forceful as those in the college game, and that unlike at in high [Read More...]