For some reason, I felt strongly that I was to include this here: a report from NPR on a Los Angeles woman who traded gang life for family life.
I wanted to include Justin Taylor’s responses to Rachel Held Evans’s readers’ questions about Calvinism and Taylor promoting the article on his blog. The Q&A is innocuous enough, and the comments on the Q&A thread are the typical debates over Calvinism/Reformed theology. The comments on Taylor’s blog are noteworthy. Some of the readers went after Evans, one even questioning her salvation, and parts of that comment thread were, perhaps, indicative of religion at its worst.
I also wanted to include Taylor’s post on his blog on how Calvinists need to be nicer; and TonyP’s post on Christians fighting. These two have no connection to the previous two posts, but I thought they were relevant in light of endless debates over Calvinism and how poorly Evans was treated by some of Taylor’s readers.
Darryl Dash: “All around me I see pastors and authors who admit their struggles after they’ve resolved them. I still don’t see a lot of people who are okay with not being okay. I suppose we’re okay with weakness as a theory, but we’re not so comfortable with weakness as a way of life.”
Another NPR report, this one on the ever-loved and lovable Wal-Mart. Pure Americana 🙂
Fifteen definitions of Biblical counseling. How many of these involve getting yelled at at some point?
In case you can’t get enough of Pastor Mark…
Dan Phillips critiques Henry Blackaby’s view of God’s will.
One church’s list of recommended books for its members – very Acts29/Reformedish 🙂