The President Addresses Financial Crisis

Last night, President Bush addressed the nation concerning the financial crisis that is gripping the country. In case you missed it, you can watch the entire address above. In addition, here are two recent articles written by reliable Christians that attempt to explain what is happening from a Christian perspective.

“A Christian View of the Economic Crisis” – by Albert Mohler (AlbertMohler.com)

“Thinking Biblically about the Banking Crisis” – by David Kotter (Between Two Worlds)

A Critique of Rob Bell’s Feminine God Language

In his latest NOOMA video, Pastor Rob Bell argues that the Biblical depiction of God is often a feminine one:

There is this maternal impulse, this ancient nurturing instinct. And it transcends time; it transcends culture; it transcends economics. There is an ancient mothering impulse, and it’s also a divine impulse. Throughout the Bible, God is described as compassionate. In Hebrew, the original language of the Scriptures, it’s the word “raham.” It’s also the word for “womb.” So, God is compassionate. God is “womb-like”? This is a feminine image for God.

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Presidential Debates

The Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD) has announced the dates and times of the upcoming debates (see schedule below). The first one is on Friday of this week.

The CPD’s website has this to say about the “breakthrough” format for discussion:

“Both campaigns, without public controversy, with quiet cooperation and with minor revisions, have agreed to CPD’s proposal that each debate will be divided into issue segments allowing time for each candidate to comment on that issue followed by a free-flow conversation/ discussion between the candidates including the possibility of direct exchange between the candidates.

“These formats are an historic breakthrough in the history of televised debates. Televised debates have been hampered by restrictive time limits resulting in scripted, poll-tested, bumper sticker responses. In 2008, when stakes are higher than ever, issues more complex than ever, voter interest more intense than ever, voter education calls for a more expansive discussion between the leading candidates for president and vice president of the United States on the issues confronting America. The Commission commends Senators Obama and McCain for their understanding and acceptance of this need.” Continue Reading →

Using “God’s Will” To Manipulate

I couldn’t agree more with S. M. Hutchens’s remarks about how some would-be suitors appeal to the “will of God” in manipulative ways.

“A young woman whose family I have known for years called me for advice. She had just been told by a young man that after long and earnest prayer, after seeking the face of God for days, the Holy Spirit had informed him it was God’s will she form a romantic attachment with him. With little deliberation and equal gravity I informed her she could tell her swain and his Spirit to go jump in the lake, and add a boot in my name to their collective backside with her good riddance.”

Since I am the Dean over a school of undergraduates, I would add my own specific application of this advice to Christian college students. Continue Reading →

Anti-Americanism and Human Evil

Joe Loconte of The Weekly Standard reports on a poll showing the anti-Americanism of America’s European allies. Loconte gives an explanation for this antipathy that is in part theological:

‘The poll, conducted between July 15 and August 31 and involving over 16,000 respondents, suggests that America’s European and NATO “allies” are in fact infested with legions of anti-American conspiracy theorists. Continue Reading →

Megachurch Faith

The Washington Post reports about a study conducted by researchers at Baylor University. Here’s what they found out about the beliefs of people who attend megachurches:

‘Baylor researchers found that megachurches tend to be more evangelical than small churches.

‘Ninety-two percent of megachurch members believe that hell “absolutely exists,” compared with just over three-quarters of small-church members, the survey found. And eight in 10 megachurch worshipers believe that the Rapture — when followers of Jesus Christ believe they will be taken to heaven — will “absolutely” take place, compared with less than half of those who attend small churches.’

Read the rest here:

“Big Churches Not Always Impersonal, Study Finds” – by Jacqueline L. Salmon (Washington Post)

The Tigers Beat the Tigers

The LSU Tigers put a whoopin’ on the Auburn Tigers tonight, and it was a great game. After seeing Florida put a shellacking on Tennessee and hearing Alabama lower the hammer on Arkansas, it was good to see a hard-fought game. I think that Tigers v. Tigers may have been the best game all day.

The SEC has four other teams ranked in the Top 10, and LSU will have to play all of them before the season is out. So this was a big win for LSU. One down and three to go.

One other thing. In terms of difficulty of schedule, compare LSU to USC. USC is the number one team in the nation and the darling of the media. Yet USC only plays 2 ranked schools all season, only one of which is a top 10 school. USC is really good, but let’s not pretend that their league or their schedule is anything like the SEC’s. When we set LSU’s 3-0 record next to USC’s 2-0 record, we are not comparing apples to apples.

Not that I’m biased or anything.

John A. Broadus: A Living Legacy

Michael Haykin edits a series for Broadman & Holman called “Studies in Baptist Life and Thought.” The volume on John Broadus was just released in August, and my good friend Mark Overstreet has an essay in it titled “Now I Am Found: The Recovery of the ‘Lost’ Yale Lectures and Broadus’s Legacy of Engaging Exposition.” Other contributors include Timothy George, David Dockery, Richard Melick, and Tom Nettles.

John Broadus is a towering figure in the history of Southern Baptists. Charles Haddon Spurgeon called Broadus “the greatest of living preachers.” Broadus served as the second president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. In addition, Continue Reading →

Responding to David Gushee

I mentioned on Monday that David Gushee penned an opinion piece for USA Today in which he criticizes conservative evangelicals who support Sarah Palin’s candidacy. He writes:

“It is an uncomfortable fact that many of the theologically conservative Christians who have endorsed Palin’s nomination would not be willing to endorse her or any other woman for service as pastor of their church. Women cannot serve as pastors in groups such as the Churches of Christ, the Southern Baptist Convention, the Presbyterian Church in America, most non-denominational Bible churches, and an influential advocacy group called the Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood (CBMW).”

I belong to two of the groups that Gushee lists as transgressors on the gender question: the SBC and CBMW. I know, therefore, a little bit about the biblical and theological basis for the complementarianism represented in these organizations (though I am not claiming to speak for either one of them). With that in mind, allow me to respond briefly to the series of questions that he puts forth in his article. His questions are in bold, and my response follows each one. Continue Reading →

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