Here are some highlights from my reading this week. Some articles are insightful theological arguments, others discuss the institutional church.
Luiza Oleszczuk: “Should Christians Leave the Church? Polemics with Newsweek Article ‘Christianity in Crisis.’” (The Christian Post, April 6)
“Hipster Jesus” Debate: Was Christianity Destroyed by “Politics, Priests, and Get-Rich Evangelists”?
Tullian Tchividjian: “Law and Gospel, Part 2” (The Christian Post, April 9)
All of God’s Word in the Bible come to us in two forms of speech: God’s word of demand (law) and God’s word of deliverance (gospel).
Oliver D. Crisp: “Vicarious Humanity: By His Birth We Are Healed” (Christianity Today March 2012 print edition)
Our redemption, it turns out, began long before Calvary.
Brittany Smith: “Pastors: It’s Important to Cherish Season of Singleness” (The Christian Post, April 9)
Self-centeredness and idolatry are the two greatest destroyers of marriage, said one pastor at a panel on marriage on dating in Raleigh, N.C.
Perry Noble: “Mistakes I’ve Made When Trying to Make the Right Decision” (The Christian Post, April 10)
When a leader refuses to accept what others at the table are saying there is going to be trouble. This will usually happen because the leader is insecure and needs to be right.
Dennis Byrne: “Seriously? Trashing organized religion for politically opportunistic reasons? (Chicago Tribune, April 10)
The trashing of organized religion because of its involvement in civic discourse is seriously misplaced and politically opportunistic.
Greg Stier: “Angry Nerds” (The Christian Post, April 11)
Is it me, or is there a growing number of theologically conservative preachers, teachers, and seminary students who just seem ticked off all the time?