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No Blog is an Island – 6.24.11


It’s time for some high-class linkery:

  • Michael Patton gives a really good, basic primer on the differences between Protestantism and Catholocism, describing how the institutional church developed over the centuries to become the Roman Catholic Church, against which Luther et al protested:

The unwritten traditions that were meant to preserve the essence of the Christian faith had developed to such a degree that one could not even see the Christian faith. The essence, which was important before, took on a secondary status to the authority of the institution. In the midst of this, the Gospel began to be obscured to such a degree that a major reformation was needed.

This passage I’ve included is a useful check against those, like myself, who tend to value tradition as an interpretive tool.  I recommend reading the whole thing.

  • JohnDave Medina was a lapsed Catholic and then joined a Oneness Pentecostal group until going to seminary, where he was moved to recommit to the Catholic Church.  He gives a few personal reasons why he did so.
  • Josh Etter explains twelve ways that we can glorify God in the workplace.  I think the first way is the most fundamental: ‘Believe that all legitimate work is holy or unholy before God based on our faith, not the nature of the work itself.’
  • Jeff Dunn, the publisher of, shares a humbling testimony of how he worked for 40 years in the Christian publishing/broadcasting industry until 2009, when he lost his job and took employment at his local Target, selling electronics.

Life seldom—if ever—works as we want it to. If I can encourage you in one thing, it would be this: God orders our circumstances, no matter how hard or crazy or rough they may be. No matter how hard you try to prevent these circumstances from being in your life, it is God who directs the path on which we walk. The best thing you can do is to give up control and float on God’s endless sea of grace and mercy.

  • Michael Patton finishes us off where we started by outlining ten arguments for the existence of God.  They are all good, but I think my favorite (though not necessarily the most persuasive) might be no. 5:

5. The Argument from Aesthetic Experience: This is the argument from universal beauty and pleasure. Beauty and pleasure are universally recognized as such. Even subjective variation in one’s definition of what is beautiful are not distinct enough to relativize this principle. From the beauty or the sunset over the Rockies to the pleasure of eating certain foods, there is a common aesthetic experience that transcends the individual. This transcendence must have a ultimate source. This ultimate source is God.




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  1. Thanks for the mention!

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