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Linkathon 7/14

Gary Lamb’s post reflecting on his failures in the ministry.

Ed Stetzer writes for Tim Challies’ blog on the problem of the pastor as a rock star.

Former pastor Brad Johnson talks to Lifeway’s Rick Howerton about Johnson’s adulterous affair (HT: Zach Nielsen)

Interesting interview with Tullian Tchividijian about how he responded to “dissidents” who challenged his taking over for D. James Kennedy at Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church in Florida. Chaplain Mike Mercer from Internet Monk wrote a good commentary on the controversy this past week. It’s interesting to me not just from the angle of how a new pastor dealt with those who didn’t want him there, but also from this angle: Tchividijian’s opponents seemed to want someone to follow in Kennedy’s footsteps and fight the culture wars, while Tchividijian seems to want to fight for the Gospel. All that so say, you may have something to agree and disagree about with both sides πŸ™‚

Bob Hyatt on whether the church should be there to meet “my” needs.

Jonathan Dodson: We are entertaining ourselves to death.

Part one of Dan Edelen’s series on what being a church family means.

Pete Wilson reflects on Michael Spencer’s book Mere Churchianity (which we’ll pick up discussion of on Thursday).

30 years of John Piper.

Patrol Magazine‘s Jessica Belt writes on Richard Land explaining why the Southern Baptists are now pro-immigrant.

Why Keith Mathison is not Arminian.

Mark Lamprecht on a pastor who was fired as chaplain of the North Carolina House of Representatives for praying in Jesus’ name.

Michael Patton on his recent experience at LifeChurch (not its online campus, but one of its offline campuses. The comments section is quite active on that particular thread, and you may find it helpful to read through).

The list of speakers for the 2011 Gospel Coalition conference has been released (HT: Tyler Kenney at Desiring God).

One for you theologians – Gordon Fee was interviewed about the book of Revelation and principles for understanding the Scripture (HT: James Grant).

A 6-year-old boy born without both legs and one arm…who loves to swim every day (linked to at Abraham Piper’s 22 Words blog).

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  1. Another Voice
    July 14, 2010 at 1:59 am

    I love Gordan Fee. I disagree with his whole premise here, but I love the guy. I always get his commentary on a book I am teaching, when he has written one.

    For one thing, there aren’t too many exegetes today that are charismatic in their writings. His commentary on 1 Corinthians is must reading, especially for someone who has been raised on MacArthur, Dallas Theological guys and the like.

    Good eye Brian to catch this one.

  2. nene
    July 14, 2010 at 5:26 am

    AV, such great timing..the wee morning hours! Well, I was pretty much raised on Mac, so I appreciate your input. Actually. I appreciate your other posts as well-gracias. πŸ™‚

  3. nene
    July 14, 2010 at 5:36 am

    AV, if you don’t mind me asking; why is it that there are so few that are charismatic in their writings? Not that it is a big deal to me, but I just am really wondering. Once a person is exposed to life outside the mac camp, it’s pretty shocking. (at least for me, but long ago)

  4. BrianD
    July 14, 2010 at 8:20 am

    AV, glad to be helpful in that regard. Good eye on James Grant to find it.

    nene, one reason may be charismatics do not generally have an academic mindset. Their faith is experiential, and not geared towards endless numbers of journals and theological works.

  5. Buster
    July 14, 2010 at 9:38 am

    The Coral Ridge / Tchividijian thing sounds more like a corporate takeover. This stuff really disturbs me. They should have just dissolved Coral Ridge. Split up the assets and let the factions start their own churches. Break up New City Church too, while they’re at it. Would Tchividijian ever have gotten the job if the weren’t Graham’s grandson?

  6. CRPC faithful
    July 14, 2010 at 10:29 am

    I’m really getting tired of the characterization of the Coral Ridge split as being between people “wanting someone to follow in Kennedy’s footsteps and fight the culture wars, while Tchividijian seems to want to fight for the Gospel.” While the seeds of discontent may have been sown on that soil, it has become much more than that. No one expects Tullian to be a clone of Dr. Kennedy, but I think expecting his to have the same level of character, integrity and love for his people is not asking too much. How the Session allows this man to continually cast aspersions on the former members, who are still strong Christians to which no one disagrees, while also bearing false witness against them in newspaper articles not only puts a stain on the integrity of his office, it disgraces the name of Christ. That is the ultimate disgrace of this whole sordid affair.

  7. Buster
    July 14, 2010 at 10:31 am

    I wish there were a reference to Laurie’s survey quote. I’m suspicious of those numbers.

  8. Buster
    July 14, 2010 at 10:34 am

    What do say to the charge of the dissidents not following Mt 18?

  9. July 14, 2010 at 10:35 am


    What gets me about Lamb is that he actually left his wife and married the other woman as I understand it. Tchividijian’s story and approach is interesting. I like it. I’m not sure Richard Land is speaking for all Southern Baptists.

    BTW, I have a follow-up ethics question coming up today building on the pastor who was fired for praying in Jesus name.

  10. BrianD
    July 14, 2010 at 11:18 am

    Hey all, I saw your posts and have a few things to sat but willnhave tonesot a couple of hours.

  11. BrianD
    July 14, 2010 at 1:14 pm

    This is what happens when you hit the wrong button and spell check takes over AND you hit send before checking your post πŸ™‚

  12. BrianD
    July 14, 2010 at 1:15 pm

    Tonesot = to wait

    Much better than saying toesnot…as in toe snot πŸ˜‰

  13. nene
    July 14, 2010 at 2:00 pm

    Thanks BrianD. I kind of figured it was due to being experiential, but wow. What do they do in seminary?

  14. BrianD
    July 14, 2010 at 2:02 pm

    As I obviously know next to nothing about what really happened at CRPC, take my comments past and future for what they are worth. I just link to items and raise them to whomever reads this linkathon for their consideration.

    If the culture warrior/gospel conflict is real and not a smokescreen, then it is worth commenting on. If things are as you describe, CRPC, then I would tend to be sympathetic to you. I do think Buster is right…but Coral Ridge’s brand is more well known than New City Church…whatever Tullian’s sins are in this matter he will have to answer for just as you and I will have to answer for the sins in our own lives.

    Mark, thanks for the heads up on your thread. Richard Land no doubt speaks for himself, and perhaps is looking to the future of his denomination and trying to get a head start on their loyalty and support.

  15. BrianD
    July 14, 2010 at 2:04 pm

    Good question, nene. Probably the same things that they do in other seminaries.

  16. BrianD
    July 14, 2010 at 2:06 pm

    I do hope Tchividijian wants to fight for the gospel, and not for position. I’ll give him the benefit of the doubt and hope I’m right.

  17. nene
    July 14, 2010 at 2:22 pm


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  19. Kevin McCullers (Captain Kevin)
    July 15, 2010 at 2:03 am

    Brian said “toe snot.” Hehe!

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