They're probably still pagans--In a provocative article entitled "The next Billy Graham might be drunk right now", Russell Moore offers a great deal of hope. He notes that the next leaders in the church may want nothing to do with God right now. "Whenever I’m tempted to despair about the shape of American Christianity, I’m reminded that Jesus never promised the triumph of the American church; he promised the triumph of the church. Most of the church, in heaven and on earth, isn’t American. Maybe the hope of the American church is right now in Nigeria or Laos or Indonesia.
"Jesus will be King, and his church will flourish. And he’ll do it in
the way he chooses, by exalting the humble and humbling the exalted, and
by transforming cowards and thieves and murderers into the cornerstones
of his New City.
"And, be kind to that atheist in front of you on the highway, the one
who just shot you an obscene gesture. He might be the one who
evangelizes your grandchildren."
The Best of January--Tim Challies has a Top 5 Christian blog. He has been writing since 2004. In this post, he has compiled writings from each January since 2004. It will be interesting to read through and see the progression of his writing and theology.
Free Tabletalk--Ligonier Ministries is offering, for free, the electronic version of their Tabletalk devotional. I have been using this devotional for over a year and it has been a real blessing to me. This year, the stated theme is to walk through the Heidelberg Chatechism, which is one of the top 5 books Michael Horton says every Christian should read.
Hitler was OK--Richard Weikart at Credo Magazine writes about the evolutionary development of ethics. In an evolutionary context, there is no such thing as objective morality. In an evolutionary context, there was nothing wrong with what Hitler did. In an evolutionary context, there is absolutely nothing wrong with torturing babies for fun. And yet...and yet...no one lives that way.