Archive for February, 2011

Linkathon 2/23, part 1

February 22, 2011 3 comments

A recent poll suggests the priorities of American evangelicals are…well, see for yourself. IMO, it doesn’t make evangelicals come across very well….

Why Kevin DeYoung cooled on the multi-site church concept.

What one dad says to his son who saw two “dudes kissing” at school.

Knuckle-dragging Neanderthals?

Donald Miller on how infighting will kill the church.

Martin Luther doesn’t want free will!

William Black’s response to a question about whether the Orthodox Church is better than other churches.

Nancy Guthrie on facing death with courageous confidence in God.

Leslie Vernick on how you know when someone is truly sorry.

Damaris Zehner on prayer.

Tullian Tchividjian says reminders are more effective than rebukes.

John Piper on the ministry of reminding oneself.

Scotty Smith’s prayer for preaching the gospel to yourself.

Mike DeLong on Turk vs. Horton.

David Sessions on the house of theocons.

Gene Veith laments the loss of adult culture.

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Linkathon 2/16, part 1

February 15, 2011 5 comments

I’ve previously linked to Anthony Bradley’s critique of the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA), but I thought – especially given a recent discussion on church planting on the Phoenix Preacher blog – that this excerpt needed to be presented. The following quote is Bradley’s commentary on Bill Bishop’s book The Big Sort:

Pulitzer-prize finalist Bill Bishop’s data-tested thesis is that social conservatives and social elites sort themselves politically and form churches around already accepted social norms. This will explain how the PCA grew and why it likely won’t grow beyond its current cultural demographic in the near furture. For example (page numbers to Bishop’s book are in parenthesis)….

…7) Low income whites, in general, have maintained their allegiance to Democrats as late as 2004. The Republican party experienced its largest growth, in past two generations, among middle- and upper-class Americans [regardless of race] (120). You will rarely find a PCA church of low income white people with allegiance to the Democratic party because low income whites are a culture many PCA’ers detest (121).

(8) Ideological and social white flight has left rural America behind (137). The most neglected and ignored churches in the PCA are rural. They have been left behind by surburban and city center white elites (137). As I’ve written before, middle-class elitism does not seem to care about poor white people.

Now, there is more than one side to every story, and I have yet to come across any critical response to Bradley’s assertions. But if there’s any truth to this, this is very disturbing to say the least. Pastors who are highly regarded by some of us are PCA. PCA pastors are influential in the Reformed church planting movement that’s become prominent over the past decade.

It’s interesting to me, now that I think about it, how there are no church plants targeted towards the trailer park, nor the projects.

I’m not a church planter, nor a pastor. I am an outsider, and a white male who is neither dirt poor nor affluent (in American terms).

Some of you are pastors, and church planters, and can comment on whether this is legit or not.

Check out this J.I Packer quotation from Tony Reinke’s blog.

Linkathon 2/9, part 2

February 10, 2011 Leave a comment

Kirk Cameron and Living Waters show us that even nice cartoon characters can go to hell.

Terry Mattingly looks at the new iOS confession app and its coverage in a certain London newspaper.

Part 9 of Mike DeLong’s look at a recent Mars Hill Albuquerque sermon.

270 Christian martyrs per day, over the last decade.

A husband and wife going through the Mars Hill Redemption Groups.

Tim Keller: “The gospel-based community practices a view of family that is contrary both to the cultural idols of secular and traditional societies.”

Carl Trueman’s reading habits.

The church in Dubai.

Tim Keller gets his Max Lucado on.

Adrian Warnock on why you should listen to Jack Hayford.

Michael Dewalt says dispensationalists need to read their history.

Anthony Bradley on the Presbyterian Church in America’s need to grow beyond what he calls its core of “people who share similar cultural norms that fit within white conservative political and social customs and, in city centers, the norms of white and Asian elites”.

A conversation between John Ortberg and Dallas Willard.

Owen Strachan’s lessons in faith from the MTV show Jersey Shore.

Chad Estes: “He went on to share a leadership principle with me about observing the true insides of a man when they are being squeezed like a tube of toothpaste. Most of the lesson was lost on me. I was too mortified by the realization that my morning’s whipping was not something that rose out of an angry moment but was actually a pre-planned hearing and punishment.

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Linkathon 2/9, part 1

February 8, 2011 Leave a comment
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Blogging is not easy

February 1, 2011 2 comments

If you check in on this blog regularly or occasionally, you’ve noticed that recently all I’ve posted are Linkathons.

I’ve neglected my writing, certainly, and that’s mainly because I’ve gone through a season where I had nothing to say.

I’d like to pick it back up. However, I don’t want to write anything just for the heck of it, just so I can see my name and my “stuff” on the web.

Blogging is not easy in the sense that while anyone can start one, and anyone can write an article, not everyone can write articles that people will want to read and consider helpful, useful, encouraging, challenging and/or thoughtful.

I wish to be the latter, not the former.

Anyone can get a megaphone and yell out random nonsense for all the world to hear.

Not everyone can speak and be listened to.

Again, I wish to be the latter. And in order for that to be the case, I have to have something worth saying.

And if you don’t have anything substantial to say, it’s probably best to remain silent, and not spout off randomness, until you do have something substantial to say.

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Linkathon 2/2, part 1

February 1, 2011 1 comment
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