And here are your links:
Kevin De Young has a well-argued case (with which I ultimately disagree) that Hell is an active punishment, not just the consequence of rejecting God.
Brian LePort looks at how, in recent weeks, a debate has arisen among bibliobloggers: is the doctrine of the Trinity necessary for Christians?*
Matthew Lee Anderson responds to Donald Miller‘s argument that the church shouldn’t be led by teachers and scholars.
Sam Storms lays out what Paul says in Romans about people who die without ever having heard of Jesus. He follows up with a definition of ‘honest athiests.’
Joe Carter links to a piece in USA today that identifies the fastest growing Christian denomination in the country as Seventh Day Adventists, another sign of the growing popularity of legalist faith in our culture.
Trevin Wax has a great interview with Sarah Pulliam Bailey on why the press doesn’t understand religion.
Matt at The Church of No People ruffles some feathers with his discussion of women in leadership, married co-pastors, and pastors’ wives.†
Douglas Wilson breaks down the concept of ‘bad words’, categorizes them (vulgarity, obscenity, cursing, swearing), and explores what the Bible says.
Michael Patton coins the term, ‘ambient orthodoxy‘ — all those beliefs we’ve held as a church but never really talked about because no one within the church has thought to dispute them.
Matthew Lee Anderson encourages anyone tempted to say, ‘It’s because of people like _____ that Christians have such a bad reputation,’ to question their motives for doing so.
Jon Acuff (funny as always) recounts hearing a bump in the night and then reaching for his missions trip souvenir machete.
* Seems like a pretty short debate to me:
‘So, do we gotta believe in the Trinity?’
‘Alright then. Let’s break out the oyster crackers and grape juice.’
† It appears that the successor to Love Wins as hot Christian book du jour is Carolyn Custis James’ Half the Church, which examines the attitude and culture within the church toward women – globally, locally, and in leadership.‡
‡ The debate obout ordaining women as pastors is one of the three most polarizing within the church (along with evolution and predestination); I’ll probably think about it and write on it later, but (as with the baptism debate, which took place mainly in February) don’t hold your breath.