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Paul Carter gives his take on the biggest threat facing the Young Restless Reformed resurgence (or the New Calvinism, or whatever it’s called now).
“Evangelicals have never been monolithic in their views about divorce. Some believe that the Bible disallows divorce altogether. Others believe that the Bible allows for divorce in certain situations (see Matt. 19 and 1 Cor. 7). There is no one view on divorce that has commanded the consensus of evangelicals.” Denny Burk explains and lays out a very reasonable and biblical view.
This is an interview with Rosaria Butterfield about the power of Christian hospitality. It’s challenging!
“On March 21, at the height of the scandal over Cambridge Analytica’s harvesting of Facebook user data for political targeting, CNN’s Jake Tapper tweeted a quote that he attributed to the computer security expert Bruce Schneier: ‘Don’t make the mistake of thinking you’re Facebook’s customer, you’re not – you’re the product. Its customers are the advertisers.’” Is that true? Well, kind of.
“God calls His people to be truth-loving and truth-speaking people–which is why it’s disheartening to see many self-professed Calvinistic and Reformed ministers downplay doctrinal teaching, preaching and transparency.” Indeed.
“By the early ’50s, as the TV industry moved away from New York and into Hollywood, executives wanted to move away from the traditional approach of broadcasting what amounted to live stage shows. They wanted to shoot comedies on film, comedies that were not live but that still sounded live.The solution to this problem was the laugh track. And the person who came up with the solution was Charles Douglass.”
“Many of us pastor within the conflict of time. The age of pathological efficiency is the air we breathe. Something of our learned experiences has taught our hearts to resist the hours at the hospital, to use our time for something different from the repetitive and trying process of sanctification in others, and to hurry along through prayer so that we can empty our e-mail inbox. We fear the judgment of using our time inefficiently. You cannot prove your worth by your quiet prayers in secret.”
When we stand and sing, we are not only singing to God, but are also singing for one another.
Missionaries are very human folks, just doing what they are asked. Simply a bunch of nobodies trying to exalt Somebody.—Jim Elliot