Brian McLaren will be preaching in Louisville this weekend in Saints Hall at Saint Matthews Episcopal Church. The event will be held at 7pm, Sunday, May 23, and the address for the church is 330 North Hubbards Lane. You can download a flyer with all the details here. The flyer indicates that he will be talking about his new book “A New Kind of Christianity.” Anybody want to go?
I’ve never seen Matt Lauer get choked-up on camera, but he did this morning while interviewing two Christian families for “The Today Show” (see video above). Lauer is astonished by their faith and even asks them if they ever doubted God through their ordeal. Both families confessed their faith in God’s sovereignty over painful tragedies, and it was an unusually beautiful thing to see on network television.
What was the story about? In 2006, five students from Taylor University were in a deadly car accident, and only one of them survived. The lone survivor was a blond-haired co-ed who was hospitalized for weeks after the accident. For five weeks, the girl in the hospital bed was believed to be Laura Van Ryn. As she recovered and began speaking again, family members discovered that she was not their sister/daughter Laura. Instead, they found out her name was Whitney Cerak and that Laura had in fact died in the crash.
It is a terrible story, but one that is filled with God’s grace on these two families. You should have a look at this video. If you are interested in learning the entire story, the Vany Ryn’s and the Cerak’s have a book that lays it all out. It’s titled Mistaken Identity: Two Families, One Survivor, Unwavering Hope.
I’m reading Rob Plummer’s excellent new hermeneutics primer, and I’m planning to post a full review after I’m finished. But I just came across a line that was so good that I had to share it now. Every preacher needs to hear this one:
“I tell my students to hold onto the biblical text like a rider in a rodeo holds onto a bull. And, I also warn them that the only persons in the rodeo ring not on bulls are clowns.”
John Piper gives his answer, and I think it’s a good one. He says,
“The way most PhD programs are set up it is small payoff. Because you have to read so much junk in order to get your PhD. You have to become an expert in what other people are saying, most of which is wrong. Continue Reading →
This video tribute to Wayne Grudem’s systematic theology text was produced by some college students in the U.K. My favorite part is the dance move from “Thriller” near the end.
For those of you who haven’t heard of Wayne Grudem, he is the author of what is one of the most widely-read evangelical systematic theology texts in the world. At 1,291 pages, it is no small book, and that is in part what these students are lampooning. Nevertheless, it’s a classic, and if you don’t own it you should buy a copy now and read it.
(HT: Jon Bloom)
In her interview with Larry King Tuesday night, Laura Bush said that she is for gay “marriage.” In her own words:
“When couples are committed to each other and love each other, then they ought to have, I think, the same sort of rights that everyone has… I also think it’s a generational thing…. That will come… I understand totally what George thinks and what other people think about marriage being between a man and a woman… I guess that would be an area that we disagree.”
Mrs. Bush also talked about a 2001 interview Katie Couric about abortion. On the day of President Bush’s 1st inauguration, Couric asked Mrs. Bush if she wanted Roe v. Wade to be overturned. Mrs. Bush answered “no.” Here’s how she said it to King:
“I think it’s important that it remain legal because I think it’s important for people — for medical reasons and for other reasons.”
(HT: Russell Moore)
When the iPad first came out, Tim Challies gave it a scathing review, calling it “the greatest disappointment in all of human history.” Well, that was then, and this is now. In that earlier review, Challies said that the Kindle did one thing, and it did it better than the iPad. In his latest review, he compares the Kindle with the iPad and says that he will be using the iPad from now on to read books. I think his change of heart is due in no small part to the Kindle for iPad app. Watch the video above, and see if you are ready to drink the Kool-aid too. I think I am.
You’re the man, Tim!
When I was a youth, the station wagon was the quintessential “uncool” car. Somewhere in the transition from ‘tween to teen, everyone my age learned that you didn’t want to be caught dead in a station wagon. Continue Reading →
I’ve been enjoying Kevin DeYoung’s popular introduction and commentary on the Heidelberg Catechism. The book is titled The Good News We Almost Forgot: Rediscovering the Gospel in a 16th Century Catechism, and it is a gem. After a brief introduction, the book is divided into fifty-two chapters, corresponding to the Catechism’s own weekly schedule for mastering its 129 questions and answers. Each chapter begins with that week’s Questions and Answers from the Catechism and then is followed by DeYoung’s brief commentary on that reading. The last chapter is followed by a warm-hearted epilogue, calling on Christians to love theology and experienceâ€”i.e., to reject the false dichotomy between the “head” and the “heart” in the Christian life. Finally, there is an appendix which has a question for a title, “Does the Heidelberg Catechism Forbid Homosexual Behavior?” DeYoung presents a compelling case that it does.
I like this little book mainly because I like the Heidelberg Catechism. DeYoung’s commentary is highly accessible and would be beneficial to any reader interested in learning about the catechismâ€”even the lay-reader with no theological training.
My favorite question and answer from the Catechism is the first, and I close with it.
Q. What is your only comfort in life and death?
A. That I am not my own, but belong with body and soul, both in life and in death, to my faithful Saviour Jesus Christ. He has fully paid for all my sins with His precious blood, and has set me free from all the power of the devil. He also preserves me in such a way that without the will of my heavenly Father not a hair can fall from my head; indeed, all things must work together for my salvation. Therefore, by His Holy Spirit He also assures me of eternal life and makes me heartily willing and ready from now on to live for Him.
Here’s the video of the nomination ceremony earlier today. My thoughts on the nomination are here.