Flotsam and jetsam (5/11)
- iMonk has some very good comments on Skye Jethani’s recent interview with Chuck Swindoll, “The Problem with Pizzazz: Has entertainment replaced Scripture as the center of our worship?”
In my opinion, Chuck Swindoll makes some spot-on observations as he talks with Jethani about how the church has become enamored of technology, how worship has become a “show” that an audience attends rather than a meeting that takes place between God and his people, and on the importance of church leaders asking tough questions of themselves and one another about how much our programming mentality is taking energy away from the real work of the ministry—study, prayer, working with people.
One of my readers…raised several important observations during an email discussion about how liberal Christians selectively use the Bible. He asked me to share my position on how the Bible is used by liberal Christians, and a perspective on how it should be used.
- Michael Jinkins searches for the right analogy to describe the church today.
Whenever I hear someone say that the situation we face now is graver, more challenging than any we have ever faced, I stifle a laugh. Our low point surely was at the beginning of the Christian movement. We muttered and worried in that room long ago and could not imagine that Christ was raised from the dead, risen with healing in his wings, and with his death and resurrection had judged even our highest aspirations as inadequate. He pronounced our greatest hopes as infinitely too small.
- Bob Hyatt reflects on the proper relationship between Christology, missiology, and ecclesiology for understanding the church.
The idea is that our ideas of Jesus are formed in the community- we discover Jesus in the intersection of Scripture/Church/His working in the world- that is, when we participate in His Body.
- The Society for the Advancement of Ecclesial Theology debates whether theological education belongs in the church or the academy.
In recent years evangelicalism has seen an increase in church-based theological education programs that endeavor either to supplement or entirely replace traditional seminary training. Those in favor of church-based theological education, particularly as it relates to ministry training, insist that traditional modes of theological education too often create a false dichotomy between praxis and theology. Those who support traditional academic theological education maintain that the academy has a unique role to play in partnership with the local church when it comes to theological education and ministry training. In the coming posts, we’ve invited two scholars — both of whom are concerned about ecclesial theology and the church — to weigh in on this issue
- Thom Rainer comments on the largest churches…in 1969, and what has happened since.
- Anna Blanch has started a review series on The Cambridge Companion to C.S. Lewis, edited by Robert MacSwain and Michael Ward.
- John Bales offers a list of 12 books that emphasize the Christian intellectual life. (HT @GodRocket)
- Ed Setzter muses on the missional manifesto.
- NPR reports on the PC(USA) decision to remove a key barrier to ordaining practicing homosexuals.
- And, if you dare: “Are You Smarter than a 1930s 8th Grader?“