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Al Mohler: “A stable and functional culture requires the establishment of stable marriages and the nurturing of families. Without a healthy marriage and family life as foundation, no lasting and healthy community can long survive.”
Anthony Bradley addresses the emphasis on urban churches: “By overlooking the working class and small towns, we are inadvertently missing new opportunities to bring the gospel and holistic redemption to areas where the majority of America’s poor people live, where suicide rates are surging, where we find the new frontier for America’s worst HIV problems, where the mortality rates for middle-aged white women are at all-time highs, where manufacturing is dying out, where Americans are the most depressed and nihilistic about life, where America’s drug use is the highest.”
This is interesting for a number of reasons, but primarily for how it shows evolution beginning to crumble. You can either listen to the show or read the transcript. “A meeting of top biologists from around the world at the Royal Society last November was convened to study new trends in evolutionary theory. It has led to speculation that the Neo-Darwinian paradigm is in crisis and is becoming widely rejected in the scientific community.” (No, the people here are not young earth creationists by any stretch, but still present major issues with the prevailing theories of evolution.)
Everyone has a theory on what’s going on in this video. What’s yours?
This is very helpful! “The Bible is not the same thing as the Scriptures. The modern Bible is a technologically advanced material artefact, with which we engage with—and conceive of—the Scriptures in particular ways that are largely encouraged by the artefact itself. As we have too easily and uncritically equated the artefact of the Bible with the Scriptures, it is important for us to go to the effort of making it strange to us again, of acquainting ourselves with its particular artificial character.”
The Master’s Seminary has just launched The Institute for Church Leadership, which is meant to help train elders in local congregations.
The ridiculous situation at the Oscars proves how much typography matters.
Dave Mathis did a great job of reviewing The Shack here.
Family is under attack. As Christians we are accustomed to hearing about divorce and pornography and gay marriage and so many other moral issues. Have you ever considered how many of these moral issues relate directly to family?
Many a brilliant thirty minute sermon was undone by the preacher carrying on to the fifty minute mark.—Carl Trueman