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No Blog is an Island – 5.6.11

05.06.2011

I’m still (four months in) trying to find a links format that works.  Sometimes I want to get as much cool stuff up as I can; others I want to highlight a half-dozen or so great items I read that week, with room for my thoughts and reactions as well.  I’ll settle on something eventually.  Here are this week’s links (most of which are kind of melancholy for some reason — oh, well, enjoy your weekend anyway).

John Piper* has a great post on turning 65:

So at 65, I am still gagging at the pictures of leathery old sunbathers on white shores and green links … [D]on’t try to sell me on heaven before I get there.  There is still too much hell left to fight.

David Weiss in Christianity Today has an absolutely heartbreaking piece on retaining faith amidst untreatable Schizophrenia:

I used my cane to hit the handicapped door opener. My hands shook and shadows danced on the wall. In the back of my mind, I saw train tracks. My head lay on the rail. A whistle blew, and I closed my eyes. It blew again and again. My eyes were shut tight. I was anxious and scared. Do suicides go to heaven?

Chaplain Mike encourages us (contra Francis Chan!) that it’s okay to be just a Christian:

It’s OK if you don’t listen to Christian music, shop in Christian stores, wear Christian t-shirts, go to Christian conventions, become a Christian homeschooler or send your kids to Christian schools, patronize Christian businesses, participate in Christian causes, read Christian books, or identify yourself with Christian organizations. You can be a Christian without all that, it’s OK.

It’s OK if you don’t have a big library of theological books or Bible commentaries. It’s OK if you struggle reading through the Bible, because you can’t even make it past Genesis 5—you can’t pronounce that long list of funny names. A great multitude of believers over the centuries never even saw a Bible, except maybe up front in a church somewhere, and even then they couldn’t read it. Guess what? God knew them and they knew him anyway.

Albert Mohler discusses Adrian Hamilton’s assessment that the Church of England is declining to the point of disappearance.  This has great relevance, I think, to the mainline Protestant denominations in this country:

‘Only 1.1m people, some 2 per cent of the population, attend church on a weekly basis, and only 1.7m, or 3 per cent, once a month. This in spite of the fact that around half the population still profess themselves Anglicans.’

[…]

If a church is not passionate about seeing sinners come to faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, if there is no powerful biblical message from its pulpits, then it is destined for decline and eventual disappearance.

[…]

Hamilton’s closing words bear close scrutiny: ‘The Church of England was founded as a political act against the wishes of much of the population and is now dying out of political irrelevance and popular unconcern. History, as we know, moves on, taking no prisoners.’

 

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* Home-boyyy!

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