Archive for August, 2010

Linkathon 9/1, part 1

August 31, 2010 2 comments

Russell Moore on Glenn Beck.

John Samson to Glenn Beck: “I cannot join you”

Jon Busch: Glenn Beck and white privilege.

John Pattison on the American Patriot’s Bible.

Michael Patton: Beware of professional weaker bretheren.

Carl Trueman on pastors knowing their people. (HT: Ray Van Neste)

Donald Miller: Why the Bible is a tough book for Americans.

Two professional megachurch pastors talk to a former professional megachurch pastor 😉

Frank Viola analyzes Jim Belcher’s Deep Church.

Keith and Kristyn Getty have started a blog (HT: Jim Hamilton).



August 26, 2010 9 comments

Have you “drifted” as a Christian?

Have you been red hot for a time, then lukewarm – or cold?

Do you believe those who drift are saved?

Or that they lose their salvation when they drift?

Do you believe that drifting is not normal for the average believer?

Or that, like Israel, all true, bona-fide Christians are prone to drift from time to time?

Categories: Theology

Linkathon 8/25, part 1

August 24, 2010 Leave a comment

Ray Ortlund on what it means to be truly Reformed.

Tullian Tchividjian on uniting two very different services at his church.

Jonathan Merritt on why his generation doesn’t care about Proposition 8. HT to Phil Johnson, who comments on the article.

Lisa Robinson’s gripe with Word/Faith theology.

Shawn David Young at Patheos on the future of CCM (HT: Tim Challies)

Alvin Reid on practical Darwinism within the church.

Mike DeLong on Rushdoony, reconstructionism and Francis Schaeffer.

A month of manhood through the lens of Mars Hill Church Seattle.

Steven Furtick says the battle is not always the Lord’s.

Brad Greenberg on the gospel of Katy Perry.

Ed Cyzewski: Can theology wreck one’s faith?

Andrew Marin on his recent appearance on Moody Radio.

Jared Wilson on stealth prosperity gospel and spiritual greed.

Trevin Wax on how the church prepares you for Judgment Day.

Kim Riddlebarger eulogizes The Call lead singer Michael Been.

Online impersonators could soon be in legal trouble.

Categories: Linkathon

What if cartoons got saved?

August 20, 2010 10 comments

Chris Rice’s song Cartoons:

A blight upon evangelicalism?


A fun, enjoyable, sing-along song?

Categories: Uncategorized

Linkathon 8/18, part 2

August 18, 2010 1 comment

Scot McKnight talks with Brian McLaren.

Theologian Clark Pinnock died at age 73. Christianity Today tells us who he was. White Horse Inn links to some interviews. R. Scott Clark and Russell Moore comment on his life.

Brett McCracken’s article at Wall Street Journal on cool Christianity. Mars Hill Seattle Mars Hill Seattle, Gene Vieth, Ted Rosenbladt, David Zahl, Jason Stellman and Kevin DeYoung respond.

Chaplain Mike on the sad state of pastoral thinking.

Darrin Patrick on “the hybrid of both man and boy”.

Carole Turner on Anne Rice, Rick Warren, Benny Hinn and Paula White.

Tim Challies’ five reasons books are better than e-books, and 5 reasons e-books are better than books.

Shaun King on why honesty is tricky for a pastor.

Mark Driscoll’s 18 lessons from 18 years of marriage.

The Gospel Coalition asks four Reformed theologians what they would change about seminary.

The latest issue of Themelios is out.

R. Scott Clark with resources and links for those tempted by N.T. Wright’s theology.

Gene Vieth on Christianity fever in China.

Scotty Smith’s prayer about his distracted heart.

One list of the top books every “young influencer/leader” should read (HT: Terrace Crawford).

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Linkathon 8/18, part 1

August 17, 2010 8 comments

Part 2 later on Wednesday….

R. Scott Clark on why evangelicals cannot be trusted with the Bible.

John Piper on what one has to believe in order to be saved.

Mike DeLong with a first, second and third post detailing his thoughts and critique after reading the Left Behind series.

Carlos Griego on why Mark Driscoll is a good fit for Seattle (HT: Zach Nielsen).

Albert Mohler: Thank God for the new atheists?

Carole Turner on why a boycott of Craigslist is a good idea.

Erik Raymond: Does ‘going dark’ (praying silently) thwart the devil?

Paul Tripp on grace: right here, right now.

Michael Patton on fears of being unfit for ministry.

Jared Wilson on what legalism isn’t and is.

Mark Lauterbach with a first and a second post on suffering, karma and the Gospel.

Categories: Linkathon

Book discussion: The Charismatic Century, part 3

August 17, 2010 Leave a comment

Moving onward through chapter one of Jack Hayford and S. David Moore’s The Charismatic Century….

Today we’ll learn how far the charismatics and Pentecostals have spread throughout the world.

On page 9, we learn that Christianity has grown tremendously in the global east and global south largely through charismatics and Pentecostals.

The authors note that the tendency to talk about the global church in terms of its impact in Europe and North America ignores its growth in the east. In fact, the authors say that the Greek Orthodox church

had the more robust theology of the Holy Spirit and saw the exercise of the supernatural gifts of the Spirit from the New Testament period all the way through the medieval centuries. (10)

The authors also say that the worldview of those in developing countries is “far more akin to biblical realities” than those in the west. (10) Rationalism’s influence on western culture contrasts sharply with eastern views; for example, the idea of religion as a private matter makes little sense to those outside the west, the authors say, as those people often cry out for supernatural intervention in their dealings with corrupt civil authorities. (10)

It seems by the authors’ account that Christians in developing countries assume a high level of ongoing supernatural intervention in the natural world and in believers’ lives, even to the point of raising of the dead. The authors tell a story on pgs. 10-11 of a woman in Papua New Guinea who died and rose and many in the village turned to Christ, and a Foursquare church was built over what was to be the woman’s grave.

The offer of hope, healing and spiritual liberation is a significant reason for the great attraction to Christianity and its explosive growth around the world. All the more remarkable considering that much of the twentieth century pronouncements were made about the demise of Christianity. (11)

Since 9/11, Islam has gained far more public attention than the growth of the Christian church worldwide, the authors say. Yet, in many regions of the world Christianity is outpacing Islam, especially in Africa, particularly in Nigeria, and the Pentecostal/charismatics are leading the way. (12)

In North America, estimates of the number of Pentecostal/charismatics run from 40 to 75 million. (13) The charismatic movement’s largest growth on the continent is occuring amongst African-Americans and Hispanics (the authors cite two megachurches – T.D. Jakes’ The Potter’s House in Dallas and Joel Osteen’s multi-ethnic Lakewood Church in Houston – as examples). (13)

The authors say the growth of Classical Pentecostalism in the early 20th century and the growth of the Charismatic Renewal beginning in 1960 has ushered in a new era of acceptance and respectability for Pentecostals and charismatics. (13)

Over the decades they moved from poverty to prosperity, from being overwhelmingly poor as a group to middle-class (or higher), building colleges and universities, running successful businesses, becoming reputable community leaders, meeting in the nicest neighborhoods. The influence of mainline and Catholic believers who were touched by the charismata contributed to the fading of the social stereotypes associated early on with Pentecostalism. (13-14)

More and more non-Pentecostal Protestant denominations and networks are acknowledging the continuation of the spiritual gifts of 1 Corinthians into today’s era and rejecting the cessassionist ideas many churches held at the start of the 20th century. This is especially true on the mission field, where the need for a visible manifestation of the Holy Spirit is crucial. (14)

Other areas in which Pentecostals and charismatics have influenced the rest of the body of Christ are in worship (Integrity Music, Promise Keepers and, though not mentioned in the book, Hillsong would have to be counted) and the importance of prayer in the life of the church.

It is a fair assessment to say that Pentecostal/Charismatic Christianity is helping supply new vitality to the Christian church in the United States and is prodoundly rearranging the landscape of global Christianity. Most demographers and futurists believe its worldwide impact will only grow over the coming years. (16)