Flotsam and jetsam (4/28)
Posted by Marc Cortez
- Jerry Bowry argues that the modern seminary system is broken and we are facing The Seminary Bubble. Although his criticisms focused primarily on mainline seminaries, I found this comment particularly interesting:
Historian and sociologist Rodney Stark finds that the historical pattern fits the current one. Decentralized church systems with a history of less formal schooling historically outperform top-heavy ones with heavy academic requirements.
- Mark T. Mithchell offers an interesting look at Pride and Prejudice and Porn.
Admittedly, Austen’s world is idealized, yet consider this: who would you prefer your daughter to bring home? 1) a young man whose sexual imagination has been formed by Jane Austen along with Homer, Virgil, The Song of Solomon, Dante, and Shakespeare or 2) a young man who has spent the last ten years of his life fantasizing about women whose images he has objectified and consumed through pornography?
- Rod shares part of a paper (along with a link to the whole thing) discussing Rick Warren, social justice, and white privilege.
In light of this reality, Warren is only capable of talking about such social relationships and the nature of social injustice as sin in terms of the abstract. The concrete reality of unjust relationships does not become part of his discussion because his theological language is not apt to describing relationships in terms of power. Warren’s silence on the issues of racial and economic justice is indicative of the silence of many European-American churches that choose to remain quiet while instances such as the hanging of nooses in public spaces continues to occur; thus, churches with predominantly minority members are left to shoulder the burden alone in confronting domestic terrorism.
- John Byron debunks The Myth of the Church’s Golden Age.
The fact is, there never was a golden age of the church. The New Testament church was just as messed up as the 21st century church. And I take that as an encouragement rather than a rebuke from the past. The early church was full of greedy, bickering, sinful people who did not get along with each other, did not listen to their leaders and even split off from one another when disagreements became too heated. And sometimes their leaders said bad things about each other. Let’s not forget that all of Paul’s opponents were not non-believers, but followers of Jesus who happened to disagree with the apostle. Not unlike what we experience today.
- James K. A. Smith takes on the new universalism.
The new universalism is not the old universalism. Fair enough. But those of us who reject even the new universalism aren’t gleeful about it. We might even wish it were otherwise. But we also recognize that even our wishes, hopes, and desires need discipline.
- Jim West points out an interesting post offering a peek inside the production of a commentary series.
- Transpositions is hosting a very nice series of posts on imagination.
- Adrian Warnock debates Rob Bell on (what else?) hell.
- Pat Roach is giving away a copy of Saving Leonardo: A Call to Resist the Secular Assault on Mind, Morals, and Meaning. And, on the same note, Koinonia is giving away a copy of Why Do You Think the Way You Do: The Story of Western Worldviews from Rome to Home.
- Here’s an open letter from a student at Southeastern Seminary on cheating by seminary students.
- A 25-year old sues his parents for failing to give him his allowance – it didn’t go very well for him.
- And, by a fair margin, the Godfather tops the list of films people pretend to have seen.
About Marc CortezTheology Prof and Dean at Western Seminary, husband, father, & blogger, who loves theology, church history, ministry, pop culture, books, and life in general.
Posted on April 28, 2011, in Misc and tagged Church History, hell, Ministry, pornography, prosperity Gospel, Rob Bell, seminary, sexuality, social justice, universalism. Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.