Anne Rice on First Things blog

By now you have probably heard about Anne Rice’s de-conversion from Roman Catholicism. The famous vampire novelist came back to Catholicism about 12 years ago (see video below), but now has decided that she can no longer be a Christian. In short, she wants to be devoted to Jesus, but she can’t stand what the Roman Catholic Church stands for. So she’s checking out. She made the announcement Wednesday on her Facebook page, and you can read her remarks there. Earlier today, she commented on one of the blogs at the First Things site. She writes: Continue Reading →

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Reformation Conference

Southern Seminary is pleased to host the first North American conference for Refo500, a global project to direct attention toward 2017 and the quincentenary of the beginning of the Reformation.  Featured speakers include Albert Mohler, Timothy George, Joel Beeke, Peter Lillback, Herman Selderhuis, David Hall, and many others. The conference will meet this September 27-28 on the campus of Southern Seminary in Louisville, KY. Click here for more information and to register for the conference.

“Refo500: Challenges and Opportunities between Now and 2017” Continue Reading →

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Mark Dever vs. Jim Wallis

Mark Dever has an informal dialog with Jim Wallis about the church’s responsibility to promote social justice. This video is part 1 of the conversation, and there are more videos to follow.

As you might expect, Dever and Wallis markedly differ about the role “justice” ought to have in gospel ministry. This section of the conversation is about race relations. Dever’s point is that the church as the church should not confuse its mandate to preach the gospel with social justice concerns. Wallis argues that that gospel ministry includes efforts at racial reconciliation in the wider culture.

What I find most interesting about this first segment is the differing ways that these two men come at this question. At the end of the video, Mark presses Wallis on the meaning of Ephesians 3 and its bearing on the issue. Wallis never addresses the text. Dever addresses the scripture as the normative basis for answering the question. Wallis goes elsewhere.

Christianity Today‘s leadership blog hosted this conversation. Keep your eyes peeled for the rest of the interview at www.outofur.com.

(HT: @TimmyBrister)

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Hollywood vs. the Heartland

Robert Duvall recently sat for an interview with Christianity Today. I found this exchange to be pretty interesting:

CT: Why do you think Hollywood has a tendency to mock Christians and preachers?

Duvall: Well, it’s not just Christians. I mean, I’m a Christian. But they mock the interior of the United States of America, the heartland. They don’t go out of their way to understand what’s really there.

I think his analysis is remarkable. It’s the “heartland” that Hollywood likes to lampoon, not just heartland religion. He sees the real divide to be a cultural one, not a merely a religious one.

This observation is correct so far as it goes. I think he’s right to see a cultural elitism in Hollywood depictions of people in the “fly over” states. Nevertheless, Hollywood often displays an ire against evangelical Christianity in particular that goes far beyond any mere cultural divide. There’s more to this antipathy than Duvall allows (John 15:18-27).

Read the rest here.

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Desktop Extinction

Roughly 80 percent of computers sold are laptops. But nearly 90 percent of U.S. homes still have a trusty desktop. So are desktops going the way of the Dodo? According to this report, they may be.

“The desktop is where the family photos are kept, where music lives. It’s more comfortable for older buyers who prefer larger screens and full-size keyboards. Parents like being able to keep tabs on the online activities of young kids. And enthusiasts who edit video or play games get more power per dollar in a desktop…

“The fact remains, laptops continue to gain while desktops continue to age, despite these occasional surges. Nearly half of the Windows desktops found in homes are four years old or older. By comparison, only 18 percent of laptops are less than a year old.”

Read the rest here.

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Who is the Bible for?

I’m calling on bible scholars to take a moment of prayerful self-examination as you consider this from P. E. Hughes:

“The Bible is for everyone. It is not the preserve of the specialist. To allow it to become the book of the expert, on whose pronouncements the average person is dependent, is an abuse and inversion that can lead only to disastrous results. The effect is to take the Bible out of the hands of those for whom it is intended, that is, the totality of mankind. Continue Reading →

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The Essential Edwards Collection

For a limited time, Westminster Books is selling all five volumes of The Essential Edwards Collection for a 50% discount from the cover price ($44.95).  For one week, from Tuesday, July 27th through Monday, August 2nd, they will sell the books for $22.50, the equivalent of one free book relative to the current Amazon price. If you haven’t purchased the series yet, looks like now is the time to do it.

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