I’m contemplating if I want to take this blog in a different direction. I still don’t know what direction that would be, but I want to narrow the focus a bit. Until I figure that out here are my links and memories of interest for the week ending 7/16/11:
Does The Word “Evangelical” Mean Anything Anymore? – Randy Alcorn asks if we’ve lost site of what the word “evangelical” really means? A good post in light of Love Wins, et.al.
I feel like right now among evangelicals—including authors, musicians, speakers and pastors—there’s a runaway train of unbiblical and unclear thinking.
We are improvising theology on the fly with little regard for the Scriptures or the historic orthodox Christian faith. We act as if the Christian faith began with us, and we are perfectly free to modify it in light of the latest cultural winds. To put it bluntly, there is not only more and more false doctrine in churches, there is also more and more of it coming from evangelical pastors and authors and publishers and colleges.
The Spirit Led Me To: This is from a blog I recently started following on the subject of what it means to be led by the Spirit. We’ve all heard someone say or said ourselves, “I just felt led to…”
On the other hand, it is without Scriptural or theological foundation and thus entirely invalid to say, “The Spirit is leading me to sell my house and just step out in faith,” or “The Spirit is leading me to preach in your pulpit this Sunday.” Though the person might be sincere, this really is just scrambling for some authority to validate one’s own subjective gut-feelings and impressions. Instead, we should call them what they are: gut-feelings and impressions.
And if you disagreed with me, what if I told you that the Spirit led me to write this blog post? What could you do? You’d be entirely stymied by my appeal to the authority of the Spirit with no objective means of evaluation. You most certainly wouldn’t want to resist the Holy Spirit by disagreeing with me, now would you?
The God In Our Heads: This states the primary thing I struggle with personally in my view of God. Always glad to know I’m not alone in this flawed thought process.
He finds something I love and then asks me to do something I’d hate. He knows I love writing and hate math so soon he’s going to make me teach Calculus.
Heaven Is For Real…Well Duh: Commentary on the bestselling book, Heaven Is For Real which recounts the story of a 4 yr old boy who went to heaven and met blue-eyed Jesus. In case you’re wondering if this review is positive or negative, I give you the first paragraph of the post:
This annoying little book is not going away.Upon hearing his 4-year-old claim that he had visited heaven and met Samson and a blue-eyed Jesus, Pastor Todd Burpo encountered the same challenge all parents of toddlers frequently face. When my boy claims that he is actually Superman I wrestle with an identical dilemma: Do I just smile and play along til he grows out of it, or do I write a book sharing the claim with the world? What to do, what to do?
Colonel: This is another new blog I was exposed to via a guest post on Adam McHugh’s Introverted Church website. The notion of “mature cynicism” stopped me in my tracks. It’s a good read, and a good thing to examine in our own lives.
When we visit Colonel, he reminds us that we are young, inexperienced, naive, and silly. Once you see evil, once you get out there in the world, once you see that you can’t save everyone, he says, you’ll quit. Once you get your head on straight and get a little maturity, you’ll lose that ignorant passion.
And then what? Settle into a life of “mature cynicism”? Is that what maturity is? Losing any fire that you have and giving up on the world? Complaining that the world is the way it is, but doing nothing about it?
As always, questions and comments are welcome.