A La Carte (January 10)
(Yesterday on the blog: January New and Notable Books)
David French is one of many who has responded to some concerning new guidelines from the American Psychological Association. Also, read Joe Carter for a summary of the issue.
This is a worthwhile read for pastors and teachers. “We assume far too much of our people. By that, I don’t mean that we assume they are cleverer than they really are. Nor do I mean that we have a tendency to expect them to do too much work in the church. What I meant was that we assume they take in far more from our sermons than they really do. It would probably be more accurate to say that we assume far too much of our teaching programmes and abilities.”
Juan Sanchez: “It’s not enough to be an eloquent, competent, educated, passionate, and accurate teacher. To be useful in ministry, the gospel we share must be complete. Gifted teachers may wow and win audiences, but because of their theological blind spots, they may also lead them away from Christ and his gospel. Incomplete theological teaching stunts Christian growth, harms spiritual well-being, and, as we see in many cases on social media and in our churches, causes division.”
Becky Pliego asks and answers this question: “Why do we stop reading our Bibles? Really, think about it. It is not because we lack the time to do it. If we are breathing we have time -and God knows we do have time! In reality, we stop reading our Bibles because we lack the faith to believe that God himself speaks to us through it.”
Samuel James wrote a response to some of my recent thoughts on blogging. He both agrees and disagrees with me. Let’s all keep the conversation going!
Over 250 Dutch leaders have signed The Nashville Statement and, in so doing, have drawn a lot of criticism (and potential criminal investigation).
I find it interesting to see how different people are interpreting the purity movement that swept evangelicalism in the early 90s. This article tells about Josh McDowell traveling with Petra to share the message. “So is it any wonder that when young men are taught they can expect divinely-sanctioned indulgence as a reward for their will power and young women are expected to go from innocent lamb to lusty tiger literally overnight, the marriages of middle-aged evangelicals are still recovering from the effects of the purity movement?”
I now take one day a week and one week a year away from the digital buzz. And then I fight the daily battle.
If you were a hundred times worse than you are, your sins would be no match for his mercy. —Tim Keller
When Evangelicals go Anglican or Presbyterian
The phenomena of Evangelicals (usually of a non-denominational, baptistic, low-church variety) converting to Presbyterianism, Catholicism, Orthodox, or Anglicanism is interesting on theological and sociological levels. Much has been written about the surge of evangelicals into liturgical churches (see here and here, plus the book Journeys of Faith: Evangelicalism, Eastern Orthodoxy, Catholicism, and…
“Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and today, and forever.” Hebrews 13:8 As we cross the threshold into a new year and begin putting one foot in front of the other, we can feel the tenuous shakiness of change all around us. Yet as we look forward, with that familiar mix of…