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No Blog is an Island – 4.1.11

04.01.2011

No foolin!

Rachel Held Evans has an insightful take on the growing division among young evangelicals between the poles of ‘Reformed’ and ’emergent.’

Derek Ouellette suggests that Love Wins is less about universalism and the afterlife than it is about the realities of Hell on Earth and the Kingdom of Heaven in the here and now and what the Gospel means in that context.  He follows this up with a more critical assessment that Bell is in over his head as a scholar and that the most favorable response that can be given to the book is, ‘Point taken.’

Lisa Robinson agrees that we cannot shy away from bold proclamations of truth but qualifies that not every doctrinal argument is fundamental, and so there remains a place for humility and doubt.

Matt at The Church of No People notes an interesting trend: while evangelicals are battling over how orthodox or how vague/suggestive to be, the fastest growing churches in this country are the hyper-legalistic Latter Day Saints and Jehovah’s Witnesses.  What does this mean?

Jeff Dunn interacts with the writings of the late Michael Spencer to give a helpful FAQ on Grace and how it is misunderstood.

The Christian Post interviewed Tim Keller and Gabe Lyons on the role of the church in a post-Christian culture.

Kevin DeYoung outlines the exclusivist doctrine of Jesus as the only way to salvation.

Justin Taylor (along with Jared Wilson) has ‘unearthed’ a letter of feedback to St. Paul, chastising him for his harsh words to the brethren in Galatia.

Peter Berger gives a historical account of the Copts, touching on the ecumenical councils in church history along the way.

Jon Acuff shared a plane ride with Michael W. Smith* and agonized over how to introduce himself.

Chaplain Mike assembles Lutheran, non-denominational, Anglican, and Orthodox contributors to discuss the meaning of Lent in their respective traditions.

Tim Kimberley reacts to the charismatic antics of ‘Crazy Worship Lady.’ 

Jon Acuff ponders the eternal questions, like when to say ‘Psalm’ and when to say ‘Psalms.’

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* [synthesizers] Woah-woah-wo-woah! [synthesizers]

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