Giving Thanks for Mark Driscoll (and Congregational Polity)

Some of you have been following the events related to Mark Driscoll’s publishing plan. It’s been a winding affair, but long story short, according to Warren Cole Smith of World Mars Hill Church essentially bought a best-seller spot for a recent Driscoll book. It was found out, controversy ensued (on the blogosphere, of all places), and [Read More...]

Books on Tap: Morley, Wax, Carson, Cole, Beale, and The Essential Edwards Collection

I’ve received some books recently, and have a minute at present to quickly pass on word about them.  I’m no expert on any of the books or subjects covered below, but I do love books, and it’s fun to try to let others know of possibly edifying works. First, Patrick Morley’s Pastoring Men came out [Read More...]

The Link 9.25.09: Glenn Beck, The Way We Die, and Driscoll’s Free Stuff

This is an eclectic day.  As usual.  For the report on Ravi Zacharias, see number 7. 1. Time Magazine recently ran a piece on conservative commentator Glenn Beck.  Interesting read. 2. A piece to read from the NYT on the debate over health-care, end-of-life issues, and “death panels.” There’s a bunch to sort out here, [Read More...]

The Link 9.4.09: 16 Straight Field Goals, Health Care, and 36 Hours in Zagreb

Got alot of good stuff for you today: 1,I’m pretty sure that you’ve never seen anything like this.  16 STRAIGHT FIELD GOALS by Jamal Crawford back in 2007.  It is a masterpiece performance by a supremely talented but enigmatic performer. 2. Speaking of Crawford, check out his dribbling skill.  He comes into the video somewhere [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...]

The Link 7.10.09: Calvin, Yoga, and Mars Hill

1. Happy birthday, Jean Calvin.  Kevin DeYoung has some good words on this incredible man. 2. Charles Krauthammer suggests that President Obama’s latest foreign junket did not go as well as some might think. 3. The NYT covers efforts to create a list of registered yoga teachers.  This one can be filed under ironically hilarious. [Read More...]

Families Leaving Cities: Urban Trends in Chicago and Elsewhere

A friend of mine hipped me to an insightful article on how families are migrating out of cities–including Chicago–at unusually high rates: “Since the 1990s virtually all the gains made in the New York economy have accrued to the highest income earners. Overall, New York has the smallest share of middle-income families in the nation, [Read More...]

Dude, You’re Not Mark Driscoll, and Other Ways to Find a Pastoral Identity

9Marks just released its new eJournal on helping young pastors. I highly commend it to you–it looks very, very helpful. I had a thought on this topic.  It strikes me that young pastors, which I hope will one day include me, need to emulate our leaders and heroes, but only to a point.  We need [Read More...]

The Link 3.13.09: New Calvinism and Facebook Flaming

1. Neo-Calvinists, restless young theologians, we have been discovered by the secular media.  Time magazine just included “The New Calvinism” as one of its ten world-changing ideas (HT: JT).  This makes sense.  We are a weirdly fascinating bunch.  We defy a lot of the stereotypes held by non-Christians.  We’re thoughtful, culturally attuned, fun, and even [Read More...]

The Link, February 20, 2009: Kobe Bryant, Whiny Students, and Sermon “Battle Plans”

1. You should watch the hilarious Nike viral video featuring Kobe Bryant as a salesman for “ankle insurance.” Well worth the 2:20 of your life. 2. Grade-obsessed students, meet thy judgment: the Times has a great story on grade inflation and student attitudes. Key quotation: “A recent study by researchers at the University of California, [Read More...]


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