Former Mars Hill Church elder Paul Petry’s new blog, Joyful Exiles, was posted just a few days ago but has already brought out some reaction in the blogosphere.
While neither Mars Hill itself nor Mars Hill-sympathetic churches/bloggers have yet to respond, others have:
Howell Scott (HT Wartburg Watch)
Wenatchee the Hatchet: “If it were possible to set up a single post that could be used as a “one stop shopping place” to find everything that I, the Alsups, or the Petrys (of late) have publicly discussed about Mars Hill past and present this is a candidate. I’ve been trying to compile not just what we have separately written but to also compile public statements by MH as an institution and individuals.”
Kip’s story from the Mars Hill Refuge blog.
Rachel Held Evans spoke at Fuller Seminary.
Karen Spears Zacharias on the conundrum of compassion.
Dan Edelen on when Christian celebrities crash and burn.
Matthew Barrett and Michael A.G. Haykin review N.T. Wright’s When God Became King.
Ben Burleson takes a look at Lent.
Frank Viola on the coming revival.
Don Bryant on the reformed as Luddites.
Mike Cosper on social networking and the discipline of secrecy.
Understanding complementarianism according to Don Carson and Bob Yarbrough.
For “new Calvinists” (and anyone else who’s interested): nine lessons from the life of Charles Hodge.
Al Mohler’s 2012 book recommendations for preachers, via Tim Challies.
Finally: last week I linked to a post by a Southeastern Seminary student, William Birch. Mr. Birch was recently charged with sexual assault (more information here and here). I will remove the link to that particular post, and other posts of his I may have linked to.
This isn’t because I think Mr. Birch has now become unredeemable, or unforgivable; though what he did is sad and reprehensible, if what he did cannot be forgiven by Jesus and covered by His blood…none of our sins can be. This isn’t a statement of excusing his or our sin, it’s a statement of the incredible, undeserved mercy of God.
Still, there are consequences to our sin on this earth, and Mr. Birch certainly will have to deal with the consequences of his. Here, I’m removing the links to assure readers that a) I’m aware of the circumstances b) I’m not overlooking them by keeping the links up c) I don’t want to present a ‘stumbling block’ to anyone who might come here and see those links.
For those of you who followed the tornadoes that wreaked destruction on portions of Illinois, Indiana and Kentucky this past weekend, here’s a story about a southern Indiana family who survived the onslaught.
John Fea on Bruce Springsteen’s spiritual vision for America.
David VanDrunen reviews Scot McKnight’s The King Jesus Gospel.
Denny Burk posted the video of Mark and Grace Driscoll’s appearance on The View.
Remember Thief in the Night? Dean A. Anderson does.
Ben Irwin says handle Leviticus with care.
Crossway Books’ blog posted a portion of Greg Forster’s book The Joy of Calvinism, titled Where TULIP Goes Wrong.
Are you ready for the combination of Doritos and Taco Bell???
Today is Ash Wednesday, the start of the 40-day period observed by much of the Christian church known as Lent.
Amy Sondova: “I know what it is to imagine there’s no God. I tried to do it for exactly 12 hours one day, and I was so tormented, I had to admit I believed in God. I was just so angry at Him that I wanted to Him to stay far away from me, and for years, that was the weird ebb and flow to our relationship. He never left me and I knew that. That’s how I know He will never leave me, that His promise to be with me always is true.”
Kathy Escobar: there are lots of ways to pastor.
Brian Cosby: Youth pastors, give up your gimmicks.
Gregg Allison – a professor at Southern Seminary in Louisville – gave a seminar recently to Mars Hill Church staff on the theology of scripture.
Tony McCollum: Bob Russell’s nine keys to lasting in the ministry.
Greg Laurie: even atheists have moments of doubt.
Chaplain Mike Mercer: Grace means saying ‘I’m sorry’ – even in the case of Mars Hill.
Wanda Martin: “I can’t imagine spending late nights helping my daughters work through their sins, only to get them up the next morning to start the process all over again! … cannot imagine my daughters describing me in such a way. If they did, it would be terribly upsetting because I spent very little time during their growing up years helping them work through their sin. That was NOT the focus in their lives. Instead, my husband and I emphasized God’s love and our love for them. Of course there were times of correction, but they were few and far between. Instead of focusing on indwelling sin, we reminded our daughters that they are God’s children, who were created in His image.”
Lisa Whittle: “It is why I’m interested in having a different conversation. I’ve grown a bit weary of talking about why we hurt each other in the body of Christ, as if our humanity is not reason enough. Instead, I want to shift our energy and effort to a conversation that is more productive: becoming better ourselves, and helping the church wounded be restored, again, after being hurt.”
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