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No Blog is an Island – 3.11.11


Since we did the Rob Bell post last week in lieu of links, today’s links are a bit augmented, containing, as they do, material from the past two weeks.  Enjoy, but space it out a little so you don’t overload on interesting things!

  • Appropriate to the current season of the church calendar, Dan Thompson explores how Lent is about more than giving stuff up, and the folks at Culture Matters look at the Lenten fast as a cultural artifact.
  • Lisa Robinson bucks the evangelical trend and claims that Christianity is indeed a religion, not just a relationship.  Trevin Wax looks at where the ‘personal relationship with Jesus Christ’ term comes from and what it means.
  • Michael Patton looks at how an unquestioned faith is brittle and fares poorly when exposed to information and questions from the oustside world.
  • Marc Cortez, as part of his great series comparing the contemporary church with that of the Dark Ages, looks at the cultural trends that make church seem optional to the busy believer.
  • Daniel Kirk wonders how we should read the passages in which Paul explicitly states that his words are not the Lord’s but only his own.
  • Peter Berger explains how the frustration of abolitionists’ inability to find verses to support their cause lead directly to the liberal movement in Protestantism, wondering whether the Bible is the Word of God or merely contains the Word of God.
  • Marc Cortez shares a devotional that explores whether theology is just self-centered navel gazing or a form of worship.  Does theology matter?
  • Tim Keller (.pdf) has a fascinating article on the many ways church size impacts ministry and the faith of the congregants.
  • Damaris Zehner: ‘Where is the line between works and grace, between activity and passivity — or is there a line at all?  Does the grace that makes good works unnecessary for salvation diminish or expand our scope for good works?’
  • Kevin DeYoung, on a similar note, discourages us from comparing our good works with those of other believers, noting that ‘some of us will do more of a particular good thing [ie, prayer, reading, witnessing] than others and some will do less.  And the difference may not be sinful.’
  • Douglas Wilson offers, contra Rob Bell, seven reasons why we cannot water down the Lake of Fire.
  • Jeff Dunn examines the Eucharist as the only way to experience the bigness of God.
  • Daniel Kirk struggles to reconcile unanswered prayer with the promises in John that God will give us what we ask for.
  • Brian LePort looks at Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus as possible ‘secret disciples,’ and wonders about the implications that has for whether there can be such a thing as non-professing Christians and when that might be appropritae.
  • Chaplain Mike sees in the tragic Children’s Crusade the eternal truth that all of our efforts to do God’s work apart from Him end up as failures, for which God lovingly forgives us.
  • RC Sproul Jr. lists five things he’s surprised he cannot find in the Bible.
  • Credo House has a couple of cool, short videos up on what Bible translation is best/what books belong in the Bible and whether theology kills faith.
  • Christianity Today has a great chart of the 27 hymns that appear in nearly all Protestant hymnals over the last 130 years.  I was a little surprised at some of the ones that didn’t make the cut.
  • Jon Acuff has a great take on people who refuse to get involved with their church and then complain that the church hasn’t been friendly or welcoming.

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