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
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).
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
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.
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).
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They work in higher education—80% of them in athletics.
For the record – I work for a private university.
Edward T. Welch writes:
“There is nothing wrong with wanting love. It would be positively inhuman not to want it. The problem comes when we desire it too much–when our desire for love becomes the center of our life–which, when you think about it, makes us the center of our own lives. The problem is when we want to be loved more than we want to love. If only life could be a little bit less about us.”
This book is thematically similar to Welch’s When People Are Big and God is Small and ideal for 15-25 year old readers. Check out the endorsements, table of contents, and introduction.
If you’re still looking for high school graduation gifts, particularly for students interested in philosophy, theology, apologetics, or global studies, a classic book you might consider is The Universe Next Door: A Basic Worldview Catalog, now in its 5th edition (with over 300,000 units sold). While this book was first published in 1976, many updates have been made along the way (including new chapters on postmodernism and Islam). If you’ve seen a previous edition, note that this 5th edition, released in 2009, is considerably longer than previous versions.
From a May 6 Alliance for Defending Freedom announcement:
At the government’s own request, a federal appellate court Friday dismissed the Obama administration’s appeal of an order that stopped the president from enforcing his abortion pill mandate against a Bible publisher. The administration’s retreat marks the first total appellate victory on a preliminary injunction in any abortion pill mandate case.
The short answer is that it depends on what you mean by an evangelical. Christianity Today has a nice infographic on this oft-quoted figure. Three take aways:
1. If you call yourself an evangelical but don’t go to church or hold evangelical beliefs, you’re also unlikely to stay chaste.
For more, check out the infographic.