Justin Taylor linked to a YouTube video of some really bad music from an Emergent Christian group. You can see and hear it here. Though I sympathize with the frustration one might have with this kind of a song, we need to remember that Emergents are far from having the market cornered on bad Christian music. See below for one of the all time low-lights. Continue Reading →
“By reviving historic stereotypes, Senator Obama’s speech and the uses to which it is being put has dealt a severe blow to race relations in America. It is giving a big boost to what someone has rightly called the soft bigotry of low expectations. . . Continue Reading →
Discussions about the recent suspension of Peter Enns from his teaching post at Westminster Theological Seminary have been all over the blogosphere. If somehow you have missed the story, Christianity Today ran a piece yesterday explaining the whole situation. Here’s the heart of it:
‘Westminster Theological Seminary’s board voted to suspend tenured professor Peter Enns last week after a two-year theological debate over his 2005 book, Inspiration and Incarnation. . . Continue Reading →
Michael Gerson hits another homerun with his column in today’s Washington Post. He argues that Senator Barack Obama’s record on abortion is anything but moderate. Obama is a radical pro-choicer. Gerson writes:
‘Obama’s record on abortion is extreme. He opposed the ban on partial-birth abortion — a practice a fellow Democrat, the late Daniel Patrick Moynihan, once called “too close to infanticide.” Obama strongly criticized the Supreme Court decision upholding the partial-birth ban. In the Illinois state Senate, he opposed a bill similar to the Born-Alive Infants Protection Act, which prevents the killing of infants mistakenly left alive by abortion. And now Obama has oddly claimed that he would not want his daughters to be “punished with a baby” because of a crisis pregnancy — hardly a welcoming attitude toward new life.’
Of course Gerson is right. Obama stands ideologically on the side of the culture of death. I’m thankful that there’s someone at the Washington Post who is willing to point this out.
April fools! I confess. I used a little bit of misdirection in the survey that I posted yesterday. Yes, it was tricky. But it was an April Fool’s gag with a point.
What was the trick? I began the post by discussing the fact that many people believe that President Bush lied about WMD in Iraq before the war. But in the last sentence of the fifth paragraph, I stopped using Bush’s name and substituted the generic appellation “the President of the United States.” Continue Reading →
March 20 marked five years since the beginning of the war in Iraq, and yet many Americans still don’t understand it very well. Opinions seem to be driven more by partisan politics than by a balanced consideration of the issues.
Since the beginning of the Iraq War, the public discourse about the conflict has become increasingly wearisome. For me, the revisionist histories of the run-up to the war have been particularly frustrating. The public’s general inability to recall more than a few nanoseconds of the historical record have given the revisions some staying power. Continue Reading →
My dear friend and colleague Dr. James Bryant has a new book that was released just last year The New Guidebook for Pastors. His co-author is Dr. Mac Brunson, and the publisher is Broadman & Holman. Here’s a description from Amazon.com:
‘The New Guidebook for Pastors is written in the tradition of classics like Criswell’s Guidebook for Pastors. But since most pastoral guidebooks available today date back to 1980 or earlier, this new resource by Mac Brunson and James W. Bryant will offer fresh experience-based encouragement to all pastors in their pursuit of excellence and development in their God-called profession. Continue Reading →
I was an intern for Dr. Daniel Wallace as a master’s student, and he also supervised my master’s thesis. So I am always excited to see his work receiving some attention. In recent years, he has been focused on his task as the director of the Center for the Study of New Testament Manuscripts. Last summer, his group uncovered a treasure trove of 47 ancient Greek manuscripts of the New Testament. Last night, the local ABC affiliate did a brief story. Here it is:
I thought it was funny that the reporter referred to Dr. Wallace with the non-descript “Frisco man” and with “modern day Indiana Jones.” There are several other layman’s slips, but it is an otherwise good report.
‘The program was in all likelihood a pawn in a larger battle for the soul of the Missouri Synod. The church is divided between, on the one hand, traditional Lutherans known for their emphasis on sacraments, liturgical worship and the church’s historic confessions and, on the other, those who have embraced pop-culture Christianity and a market-driven approach to church growth. Continue Reading →
There is a new biography of Charles Schultz, the creator of the “Peanuts” comic strip and of the famous television special “A Charlie Brown Christmas.” Russell Moore has given an outstanding review of the book for Touchstone magazine, and you should read it.