Larry submitted 15 weeks ago - (www.theamericanconservative.com) » 0 Comments
“The death of a culture begins when its normative institutions fail to communicate ideals in ways that remain inwardly compelling,” Rieff writes. By that standard, Christianity in America, if not American spirituality, is in mortal danger.
From billboards to books, columns to community projects, atheists and other non-believers have campaigned that morality can be separated from religion. Unfortunately for them, many around the world see a belief in God as a prerequisite for being moral. A majority of people in 24 of 40 nations surveyed by Pew said it’s necessary for a person to believe in God to be moral. In the U.S., a slim majority (53 percent) said the same.
Hey friends, catch this interview of John Dickerson (author of The Great Evangelical Recession), who joins Darrell Bock to discuss his recent work. Start at 6:30, where Darrell Bock asks John to unpack his concept of "inflation" as a key concept in understanding contemporary American Evangelicalism.
I am the poster child of the New Calvinist movement. Tim Challies and I in our latest infographic take a look at the formation and life of this movement, that in 2009 Time Magazine said was "changing the world."
I’m all for praying that the Lord would protect people and heal people and bless people. But I’m also not God and I don’t know what people truly need. Maybe a hedge of protection is the very thing that is keeping a brother or sister from really seeing and savoring Jesus Christ. Maybe what is needed is the furnace of affliction to remove joy-robbing dross.
Larry submitted 20 weeks ago - (thinkchristian.reframemedia.com) » 0 Comments
First-world believers are "right-handed" readers interpreting a message written to the spiritually and socio-economically "left-handed.” If we are to understand the Bible correctly, we need to be aware of the privileges and prejudices we bring to our analysis. The Bible is the power of God unto salvation for all; but there are differences in the way the Sword of the Spirit must be handled to make sure we do not read our own unspoken biases into the text.
Matthew McConaughey’s Oscar acceptance speech began, to the uncomfortable astonishment of the audience, with his looking heavenward to acknowledge God and his dad, a working-class southern guy who is still drinking Miller Lite in heaven. He thanks his father for teaching him how to be a man and his mother for teaching him how to respect himself and others. It was an audacious effort to forever brand himself as a Christian-stoic son of Texas.
Larry submitted 22 weeks ago - (alastairadversaria.wordpress.com) » 0 Comments
Over on the Center for Pastor Theologians (well worth following), there has been a discussion of the most influential evangelical theologians and scholars of the past fifty years. Two lists were drawn up by Gerald Hiestand: one an initial list of twenty-two names and another with sixty. Important to note is that the question concerns the most influential evangelical theologians, not the evangelicals who have exerted the greatest theological influence.
I do not dispute that there is a legitimate distinction to be made between orientation and behavior. I do question, however, whether the Bible supports the notion that only homosexual behavior is sinful while homosexual orientation is not.