Flotsam and jetsam (8/2)
- When Hubris Comes to Church – Thom Rainer
The feelings of well-being and the abundance of accolades can cause church members and leaders to get comfortable and proud. If and when that happens, the church is already on a downward trek. Decline may not manifest itself right away, but it is inevitable unless serious steps are taken toward a corporate attitude change.
- CNN Belief Blog, Do You Speak Christian?
Ordinary Christians do what Bush did all the time, Leonard says. They use coded Christian terms like verbal passports – flashing them gains you admittance to certain Christian communities.
- Richard B. Hays, Why Should We Care about the Arts?
We live in a culture that tends to focus narrowly on pragmatic concerns and to regard the arts as peripheral. Faced with budgetary constraints, our public schools have massively cut funding for classes in visual art, music and theater; financial resources are focused instead on preparing students to pass standardized tests. It is not hard to see that such educational policy impoverishes the imagination of students and deprives them of the collaborative joy that comes from working together to produce a play or perform a concert.
- Paul Helm, Christian Hedonism: Further Thoughts
Hedonism of whatever kind implies a calculus….What are the units of satisfaction? How do we decide when we have enjoyed fewer or more of these? Are there different qualities of such units, some ‘higher’ than others? It is easy to see that such questions are not easy to answer. But if we cannot answer them satisfactorily, Christian hedonism falls at the first fence, along with its non-Christian cousins.
- Kevin DeYounghas a pretty thorough and critical review of Smith’s The Bible Made Impossible: Why Biblicism Is Not a Truly Evangelical Reading of Scripture.
- This month’s free audiobook from ChristianAudio is Hannah Coulter by Wendell Berry.
- And, here are The 30 All-Time Best Music Videos.