Flotsam and jetsam (12/16)
- Christianity 2.0: A Washington Post writer asks, “What will a fresh Christianity look like in America?” I disagree with many of his conclusions, but it’s still an interesting read.
- Four Reasons Christmas Matters: “Today, here and now, what is the significance of Christmas? Why has the church over the centuries cultivated this celebration of the birth of Christ? What do the birth narratives, and the very fact of God’s incarnation in Christ, communicate to the world?”
- Here are two great posts on preaching you should definitely read. Maybe I Do Want Topical Preaching pushes expositional preachers to connect the dots between the text and everyday life. And 10 Steps to Better Preaching has a number of great tips; my favorite, especially given the application focus of the first link, was “avoid trite application.” Amen.
- Rediscovering the Ascended Life of Jesus: “If 25 percent of the New Testament has the ascension of Christ as its central event and theological emphasis, why is this the most overlooked doctrine in modern evangelicalism?”
- If you haven’t heard the news yet, Christopher Hitchens died yesterday at 62 years old.
- Thanks to Craig Beard for pointing out that Richard Oster, NT scholar at Harding School of Theology, is now blogging.
Just for Fun
- Skateboarding looks so much more impressive (and difficult) when you watch it in slow motion (HT 22 Words):