Chaplain Mike on how Lutheranism has helped him with his concerns over evangelicalism, part 1, part 2 and part 3.
Chaplain Mike also looks at N.T. Wright’s new Bible translation.
One man’s opinion on why Christian books are boring.
A very telling comment on how church discipline, church membership and pastoral counseling could “blow up in the land of the young, restless and Reformed”
11 sounds kids probably have not heard.
Why one guy doesn’t heed “The Call”
One man’s top 25 books for a “young theologian” to read.
Rick McKinley is interviewed.
So is Tony Campolo.
Rick Warren has advice for Pentecostal churches.
Tony Jones and Albert Mohler on Penn State.
Thanks Brian! Lots of good stuff to read and ponder!
Always find how much broader Christianity is than I realize through the variety of links you provide. Thanks!
Thanks for keeping up with the Linkathon. Always good stuff!
Thanks, everyone! Glad to be of service.
Rick Warren’s advice to pentecostals was an interesting read. I know that before I ever visited an Eastern Orthodox church, it was extremely helpful to have information readily available that explained what to expect, what different aspects of the worship, communion, icons etc meant w/in the EO tradition. Sadly my memory banks are blank re: what my first and many subsequent experiences in charismatic circles were. I wonder why that is? Not that I’ve forgotten ALL of them 🙂
interesting “lay of the land” on modern Pentecostal behavior.
I wonder how well Rick Warrren would like it if a classic Pentecostal gave HIM advice on how to structure his church….
It almost seems like a discussion based on a lack of understanding of the differences between classic Pentecostalism, charismatic renewal churches, and third wave churches.
Thanks for the linkathon!
So HOW SHOULD membership, pastoral counseling and discipleship work?
Is the writer on the SGM stuff assuming a certain type of church government is REQUIRED?
Furthermore, should any minister/pastor doing “pastoral counseling” be a registered professional psychologist? Or is the problem that they are requiring a legal CYA form?
I’m not a professional minister, counselor or discipler, merely a layperson.
What stuck out to me regarding the post, and the reason I posted it in the first place, is it is the only criticism on the internet I’ve seen of the potential pitfalls of counseling within Reformed/Acts29/SGM churches.
The point isn’t really over type of church government. The criticism is directed towards churches that are elder-led and -governed.
The problem seems to be with the bait – pastoral counseling – not being what it should be. If counseling amounts to a form of entertainment, and not professional advice, that really could blow up in these YRR churches.
What I’m not seeing from the poster or the lurker is this: in my very limited experience with counselors in a certain Acts29/SBC church, the counselors take their work seriously. Their influences include SGM, but mainly are the “Biblical counseling” movement as led by Powlison, Tripp, Vernick, et al. So I wouldn’t consider them entertainment, but on the contrary people who take their work very seriously, and from a particular theological view.
My problem would be the potential for abuse. You’d need to reference the SGM Refuge and Survivors blogs to see how those churches (allegedly) keep detailed notes on their people, and instances of those notes being used against them in certain situations.
That and a host of other things – including the corporatization of churches in general, pastors and leaders removed from the laity, small group community being uprooted every year or so for the sake of the ‘mission’, and the potential for abuses regarding the document one is required to sign in order to attain membership – are what concern me most about these churches going forward.
Nice job with the links, Brian.
I liked the “25 Books for a Young Theologian” article.
I’d also recommend anything by Thomas Oden.
Great job BrianD
The 3 Chaplain Mike articles are good – the 100 comments on each article are great.
I will get to the rest as I have time – thanks for keeping this going.
A part 4 was posted today on the Internet Monk blog, MLD.
Thanks BrianD! I thought RW’s word to the AofG leaders was timely. When we first moved to the town we’re in now, we checked out many churches. One was a very basic church meeting in a school. They had a worship team and the preaching was Biblical. I was surprised to later find out that it was an AofG plant, since there was absolutely nothing pentecostal about it.
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