Friday, August 29, 2014

Friday Fun: Hello Kitty and Mr. Ed are Frauds?

My daughters only own two Hello Kitty toys, and that's all they know of that universe. I'm thankful that this news won't rattle them.

What's next? Are people going to tell me that Mr. Ed wasn't a horse? Oh, wait . . .

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Evangelicalism and Ferguson: One Pastor's Perspective

There are some powerful thoughts on Ferguson here. It's a long read, but worth it.

As I’ve watched the situation in Ferguson unfold, I’ve waited to gather my own thoughts and to see what other theologically like-minded persons might say. I waited. And I waited. I thought I’d wait in vain. But several brothers have joined the discussion with perspectives and appeals. I respect Trevin Wax for being among the first to say that our racial wounds are not yet healed. I respect Russ Moore for joining with his always thoughtful reflections on these issues. I respect Matt Chandler for trying to help some understand the difference privilege makes in situations like Ferguson. I respect Ray Ortlund for his gracious, quiet way of reminding us that being nice isn’t always required. I respect Josh Waulk, the former police officer now pastor, who provided a different perspective than my own. And I’m grateful for the many encouraging tweets and retweets following my post yesterday. I know I’m not alone and others are prepared to make shows of support for marginalized people.
Nevertheless, most of what’s been said by evangelical leaders thus far (including my post yesterday) has been a general lament. It’s been the expressing of sentiment. There were similar reactions to a similar post I wrote following the Zimmerman verdict. However, there’s not yet been anything that looks like a groundswell of evangelical call for action, for theology applied to injustice. It’s possible that I’ve missed a call for action from my colleagues and peers in the evangelical world. But I don’t think I’ve missed our most influential leaders with the widest reach. They’ve been silent en masse. Today I think we need to be pushed a couple steps ahead.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Binge-Drinking Culture

Some pointers to think about as a new school year begins on college campuses.

Take almost any college in the country, especially the big state schools, and I can just about guarantee that the biggest obstacle to Christian discipleship is not Richard Dawkins or Bart Ehrman or all the heady objections to Christianity that our apologetics are meant to counter. We need apologetics. I’m 100% for taking every thought captive to Christ. But for most 17-22 year-olds the most common temptations to sin are alcohol and sex. Even when there are intellectual objections to Christianity, these are often just cover for a debauched lifestyle. Tens of thousands of college students will walk away from the church this year, or never give it a chance, because their main goal each week is to get smashed and hook up. Rare is the campus ministry that needs to talk about Derrida more than drunkenness.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Good Ol' Unhealthy Competition on Social Media

photo courtesy of THEPATANDDRESHOW/YouTube
The viral video of a #shareacoke pregnancy announcement (made by a Christian couple) reminds us how social media desensitizes us and modifies our human desire to compete. There are some good point in this article.

HT: Marie Osborne and ChristianityToday

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Thoughts on Liturgical Worship

Some thoughts on liturgical worship.

Focusing on desire underlines our need for God to refine what drives us, including our 
liturgical behavior. As we allow God to expose, test, and refine our desires, we will be pushed to change how we participate in, direct and preside over, or revise and steward liturgical forms: connecting together the mind, emotions, and body and enlivening the feedback loop between liturgy and ethics. We might also discover how to live in greater union with other Christians, based on principles other than whether or not they worship liturgically. Without a commitment to these processes, the movement to promote liturgy within evangelicalism runs the risk of becoming a fad failing to produce lasting impact.

You can read the rest here.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

The Day that the Dream of Human Progress Died

Some points to ponder.
The Victorian era was the time of great advance. Continual industrial revolution. Civilisation. As the 20th Century began, mankind was full of hope. The bold notion grew that the Human Spirit would itself evolve and leave behind its savage impulses.
Then, one fateful day a war began so terrible that it was called the Great War, and touted as the war to end all wars. Europe, so long seen as the seedbed of democracy and civilization descended into barbarity.
You can read the rest here.