Flotsam and jetsam (12/31)
- Tullian Tchividjian explains The Tri-Centrality of the Gospel.
There’s a lot of discussion taking place regarding the essence of the Gospel. People are asking questions like “What is the center of the Gospel?” and “Can (or should) the essence of the Gospel be distinguished from its implications?” Some insist the gospel is just the message of Christ’s substitutionary atonement and that anything else is an “entailment” or a “result.” However, the Bible says the essence of the Gospel is bigger than this.
- Stuart offers another good article reminding us of the terrible persecution of Christians in Iraq.
Two Iraqi Christians have been killed in a new wave of apparently coordinated bomb attacks in the capital just two months after militants massacred 46 Christians in a church in the city.
- Matt and Madeleine Flannagan discuss William Lane Craig, Original Sin and Original Guilt. In the process they provide an excellent example of reading someone charitably and carefully before assuming they’re an idiot. A good lesson for us all.
But really it is the duty of readers to read in context, to read charitably – where there are two possible readings, the one that does not entail blatant contradictions two lines later is probably the reading we should adopt… It is unfortunate that in this case it appears many Christians have failed to do so and are so quick to publicly jump to conclusions about one of their brothers.
- Tom Verenna has an excellent post on the destructive nature of labels in academia.
As a friend of mine once said, “atheism and theism died in the trenches of World War 1.” Indeed. If we continue to fear each other, the answers will always elude us and, alas, the past as we know it will disappear to us entirely.
- You can now lend Kindle books to your friends for up to 14 days. (Has anyone tried this yet?)
- And, here’s a list of 10 Unusual Traditions for Ringing in the New Year around the World