Archive - May, 2013

Tim Keller on Gospel Humilty

Keller writes:

C.S. Lewis in Mere Christianity makes a brilliant observation about gospel-humility at the very end of his chapter on pride. If we were to meet a truly humble person, Lewis says, we would never come away from meeting them thinking they were humble.They would not be always telling us they were a nobody (because a person who keeps saying they are a nobody is actually a self-obsessed person). The thing we would remember from meeting a truly gospel-humble person is how much they seemed to be totally interested in us. Because the essence of gospel-humility is not thinking more of myself or thinking less of myself, it is thinking of myself less.

This and more in Keller’s excellent book The Freedom of Self Forgetfulness.

Feature Film on Rich Mullins

I enjoyed Rich Mullins’ music, particularly songs like Calling Out Your Name and Awesome God. The entire album Winds of Heaven, Stuff of Earth was great. But I don’t remember his music being as controversial as this trailer seems to claim. Did I miss something?

HT: Justin Taylor

40+ Years of Ligonier Ministries

A nice little video:

The Kids Are Not Really Alright

Sad Single Mom.Bradford Wilcox wrote an excellent article for Slate last year on how the children of single parents fare. An excerpt:

Take two contemporary social problems: teenage pregnancy and the incarceration of young males. Research by Sara McLanahan at Princeton University suggests that boys are significantly more likely to end up in jail or prison by the time they turn 30 if they are raised by a single mother. Specifically, McLanahan and a colleague found that boys raised in a single-parent household were more than twice as likely to be incarcerated, compared with boys raised in an intact, married home, even after controlling for differences in parental income, education, race, and ethnicity. Research on young men suggests they are less likely to engage in delinquent or illegal behavior when they have the affection, attention, and monitoring of their own mother and father.

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Boy Scouts approve plan to accept openly gay members

The story is breaking: The ban on openly gay members was removed today by a popular vote of 61%. The ban on gay leaders remains in effect.

We’ll have to see what impact this has on membership.

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John Piper Answers: Was Chris Broussard right?

Tony Reinke asks John Piper if Chris Broussard was right with regard to Jason Collins’ public announcement that he was both a practicing homosexual and a Christian. You can listen below or at the Desiring God site.

HT: Denny Burk

Almost Christian – Kenda Creasy Dean

The Center for Youth Ministry Training has a lengthy, informative review of Kenda Creasy Dean’s provocative book, Almost Chrsitian: What the Faith of Our Teenagers Is Telling the American Church. Here’s an excerpt:

Four characteristics tend to accompany consequential faith in teenagers

Dean names four characteristics (or cultural tools) that occur with regularity in those whom the NSYR found to be highly devoted. First, teens with consequential faith tend to have “a creed to believe” and were able to articulate their beliefs about a God who was both personal and powerful (71). Second, teens with consequential faith tend to have a “community to belong to”—they find identity within their congregations and have a significant number of adults with whom they can speak about issues of faith and life (73). Third, teenagers whose faith makes a difference in their lives evidence a “call to live out”—they understand their lives as being oriented by a divine vocation on behalf of others rather than being oriented to pursuit of self (75). Fourth, consequential faith seems to come attached with a “hope to hold onto”—a belief that their lives are caught up in a larger story that’s “going somewhere” because it is guided by God (77).

Read the whole thing. Or check out Michael Horton’s audio interview of Professor Dean (she’s a professor of Youth, Church, and Culture at Princeton Theological Seminary).

German Homeschoolers Denied Asylum in U.S.

Bad news from Krista Kapralos, writing for Religious News Service:

A German family seeking asylum in the U.S. so they can home-school their children lost their appeal in federal court on Tuesday (May 14), but their lawyers say they’re prepared to petition the U.S. Supreme Court to take the case.

This decision came from the Cincinnati-based 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. For more on the history and what comes next for this case , see Karpralos’ article.

HT: Sarah Stanley

Signature in the Cell – Stephen Meyer

The ground-breaking work on Intelligent Design by Stephen Meyer, Signature in the Cell: DNA and the Evidence for Intelligent Design, is currently available for only $2.99 in the Kindle store. Not sure how long the deal will last. The description and a blurb: 

Named one of the top books of 2009 by the Times Literary Supplement (London), this controversial and compelling book from Dr. Stephen C. Meyer presents a convincing new case for intelligent design (ID), based on revolutionary discoveries in science and DNA. Along the way, Meyer argues that Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution as expounded in The Origin of Species did not, in fact, refute ID. If you enjoyed Francis Collins’s The Language of God, you’ll find much to ponder—about evolution, DNA, and intelligent design—in Signature in the Cell.

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Preparing for the Future in the Age of Facebook

The opening of my guest post on the Desiring God blog:

The regular use of our minds — thinking, reading, studying, analyzing — is a necessary means to loving God in this world. God gave us a Book, and he ordained that insight into its message be given by means of focused mental effort (2 Timothy 2:7; Ephesians 3:4; Acts 17:11–12) combined with supernatural illumination (2 Corinthians 4:4–6; 1 Peter 1:23). We should become attentive readers even if only to see the glory of God in the pages of Scripture and to be equipped for every good work (2 Timothy 3:16–17).

But the use of our minds is a critical means to loving God in a wide variety of secular occupations, too. Intellectual effort can take many forms. Some read books, others “read” equations, still others “read” historical, financial, or scientific data. But the goal for Christians is the same: Using the mind to fan the flame of worship toward God and service towards neighbor (Luke 10:27).

Read more at their site.

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