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No Blog is an Island – 2.25.11

  • Trevin Wax asks whether we should baptize small children (not infants, but elementary-aged kids who profess faith).  John Starke responds, ‘Yes!’  This is something I’ve wondered, and (after taking a week off of the Wednesday essay next week) I’m going to do a larger, baptism series next month.
  • Tim Challies, channeling (however unwittingly) my comments yesterday, wonders how modes of communication have evolved over time and have affected our understanding and transmission of Scripture.
  • Brian LePort has a handy primer (born out of a book review) on theology and the question of the canon.
  • Trevin Wax breaks down three categories of Gospel definitions: the story for an individual (Romans Road), the story of Jesus (the gospels), the story of the Kingdom and the redemption of creation (the Bible).  He then turns this into a three-legged stool illustration of how these definitions interact and work together for God’s glory.
  • Chaplain Mike at iMonk has an interesting example of the prosperity gospel at work, showing that it’s more than just praying for wealth but an enticing narrative of success.*
  • Marc Cortez wonders if we should have a Rosetta Stone for Christianese.
  • Michael Patton looks at one of those Bible stories that gives readers fits (Lazarus and the rich man), and he argues that the ‘Protestant Purgatory’ called Abraham’s Bosom is a myth.
  • Mark Stevens describes a cool creative project his church does for Lent (and other liturgical seasons).
  • Keith Mathison discusses the unity of Scripture in his review of Mark Strom’s The Symphony of Scripture.
  • Joe Carter looks at new research showing that the oft-cited statistic of Christians and nonbelievers divorcing at the same rate is a myth.  This is something I’ve always suspected and attributed to the false self-identification as Christian of many respondents.
  • Gene Fant bemoans the demise of that iconic image of American Protestantism, the steeple.
  • Jeff Dunn explores the theological themes of The Shawshank Redemption, namely that it displays the power that the ‘prison’ of legalism and religion have over us.  This is interesting to me because I’ve always considered this movie to be overrated.†  I think  I need to rewatch it.


* I don’t know Joyce Meyer other than in the linked article, so consider this a disclaimer that I’m not necessarily labeling her here.  That said, her message as presented is troubling.

† Sacrilege!

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