A La Carte (8/13)
Gospel or Spirit? - Good thoughts here from Trevin: “Evangelicals love to speak in theological shorthand. We employ phrases and terms that become popular, become a badge of identification, and over time get emptied of their meaning.”
Taking the Text Seriously - I enjoyed this one. “Expository preaching is a new buzzword. Everyone is doing it. But not really. They used to sing, ‘Everybody talking about heaven ain't going.’ New verse: ‘Everybody talking about expository preaching ain't doing it.’ That's fine. Really. It is. If your preaching is not expository, that's okay. But it is not okay to be unbiblical.”
The Debate - “One of the main rhetorical strategies of gay marriage supporters has been to frame the issue as the next phase in the struggle for civil rights in America. As a consequence, they brand traditional marriage supporters as ‘bigots’ who support ‘discrimination’ equivalent to that of Jim Crow. For the most part, that rhetorical strategy seems to be working. This means that if you are a Christian who believes the Bible, there are many who simply believe you to be a morally retrograde bigot.”
Lessons from an Olympic Hero - John Percival proposes ten lessons we ought to learn from Eric Liddell.
Complicated Isn’t Compromised - “The world isn't a black and white place. Despite our two party political system and fundamentalist church roots, life doesn't offer the luxury of a mere two perspectives on every issue - right and wrong, good and bad, up and down, yes and no, now or never. There are a multitude of options throughout life - both, neither, maybe, all of the above, later. The world is complicated, and people who tell you otherwise likely see themselves as wiser than the rest but are more likely blinder.”
Is there nothing to sing about today? Then borrow a song from tomorrow; sing of what is yet to be. Is this world dreary? Then think of the next. —C.H. Spurgeon