15 October 2011

Daily Morsels-October 15, 2011

Apparently, I have been on a daily morsels fast for the past few days.  Here are some good links of interest to chew on. 

Theo-bot:  Michael Patton has a wise analysis of one of the common phrases heard in early apologetics training when you don't know the answer, "let me get back to you on that."  He believes this is a disrespectful, dismissive approach to someone who has real issues with God.  He encourages people to actually wrestle through issues related to their faith and to offer an honest, "I don't know" when you don't. 

The Slander of a Pastor: Many of you, I am sure, are unaware CJ Mahaney, but he is a long-time pastor who authored several books, including an excellent volume on Humility.  In recent months, he has been the source of focused character attack.  Ortlund describes his hope for a full return to ministry soon.  He writes, "A pastor’s high visibility makes him especially vulnerable to destructive talk.  We pastors have no coercive power, and we don’t want any.  We want winsome influence, as we preach the message of Christ and bear the image of Christ.  But to serve people effectively in that way, all we pastors have going for us is our reputations, our public acceptability.  That is why it is a sin of special seriousness to injure the reputation of a gospel-preaching, godly pastor.  He is not the only one who suffers.  The cause of Christ suffers."  I would encourage reading the rest of it here

Mormon vs Christian--how many of you know the difference?:  You've probably seen them.  Their "elders"--young men, riding bicycles in white shirts, wearing name tags.  You've probably considered them part of a cult.  But how many of you, when put to the test, could actually state the reason why Mormons are not Christians?  Amy Hall writes: "But I think perhaps when we say that Mormons aren't Christian, we ought to take a moment to explain what we mean. We're not saying they're weird, scary people, or that they're being brainwashed or controlled by a cult leader, or that they're immoral. We're merely saying that the word "Christian" actually means something, and it has meant that thing for centuries. To claim that their theology fits into that word is to misunderstand what is meant by "Christian." Considering Michael Patton's post above, reading this post and discovering some of the differences may be a good place to start. 

Hitler was no Christian:  It is commonly heard that Adolf Hitler was a Christian.  Well, it is commonly heard from those who seek to discredit Christianity.  Ray Comfort addresses this issue briefly on his blog

Tell your Children Stories:  ND Wilson, a fantastic writer, shares his position on why it is good to read fiction and fantasy to your children.  He says, "Feed your children stories that will keep their eyes wide with wonder when they look out their front windows or wander their yards. Feed them stories of joy and hardship and courage and tragedy and triumph. Give them heroes, real and imagined. Give them a taste for goodness, for truth, for beauty." I agree with him. 

Don't Adopt:  This excellent article from Russell Moore, author of Adopted for Life, issues necessary cautions about adopting to the church.  His words are an important call to anyone considering adoption, or not. 

This is not Biblical Womanhood:  Rachel Held Evans, a prolific and often controversial blogger, has taken the task of trying to follow every command for women in the Bible, seemingly with the goal of paradoxical goal of demonstrating the folly of the project.  Sarah Flashing at First Things writes, "Evans’ Year of Biblical Womanhood has actually been a year of an erroneous hermeneutic resulting in misrepresentation to the church and the public at large of what biblical womanhood actually looks like. She expanded on the literal approach of scripture practiced by complementarians by flattening scripture such that systematic theology is of no consequence." 

Heroes and Celebrities:  Kevin DeYoung discusses the difference between heroes of the faith and Christian celebrities.  He offers very wise counsel.  "And all of us should be circumspect with our words, careful to tear down only what God would tear down and eager to build up what God would build up. Celebrity Christianity is problematic. Loving your leaders and imitating good examples is not. For if the celebrification of every kind of mega-star makes for a sorry state of affairs, so does a world without heroes."

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