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Digest 03/10/2011

Posted: March 10, 2011 in Digests
Lenten Lights — Yesterday (Ash Wednesday) marked the beginning of the Lenten season. However, it is not too late for you to take part in this reflective season leading up to the celebration of our Lord’s death and resurrection at Easter. Even if you are not Roman Catholic, Lent can be a good time for you to prepare your heart and life for a deep experience of the Easter season. John Piper has put together this small booklet to guide your study during this time. (You may purchase a copy of the book, or you can read it free online.)
Protect the Flock by Excluding Visitors — A brief comment on Capitol Hill Baptist Church’s policy toward non-members. While I agree with what is said, I think two cautions must be given. (1) This policy, while meant to protect the flock from false teaching, should not be used as warrant to neglect our duties to evangelize unbelievers (which I do not believe CHBC does–see comment thread, post by “Anne”). (2) It seems in my experience and a general trend in American Christianity to be that generally the unbelievers are not the primary threat to a flock; its those who are fairly acquainted with the teachings of Scripture, claim the name of Christ but evidence little or no fruit of a genuine conversion, and may even already be members in our churches that can do the most damage.
Can A Person Be Evangelical and Not Believe in Hell? — R.C. Sproul Jr.: “The difficult truth of the matter is that language, while actually having the ability to communicate, is not static. Words have real meanings, but those meanings are grounded both in history and in usage. Sometimes those two come apart, and a word is caught in the tension. ‘Evangelical’ is just one of those words.”
Tips for Engaging in Honest Theological Dialogue — Words are important, and how we use them can build others up or tear them down. “As iron sharpens iron”, so our theological discussions should spur each other on to greater faithfulness to the Word, not be a cause of divisiveness among brethren. Lisa Robinson provides some insightful do’s and don’t’s for when we engage each other in theological dialogue. (I have included some more tips for theological dialogue for this blog here.)
Love Wins — A Review of Rob Bell’s New Book — I have always been told regarding political elections, “If you do not vote, you have no right to complain once the candidate takes office.” Book reviewing is much the same way: If you have not read the book, you cannot critique it accurately. Lately, though, I have seen a lot of words flying around the interweb about this book and its potential leanings toward Christian Universalism. While much of what has been said has been fairly biblical and thought provoking, it has been centered around one video, not based on a thorough reading of the book itself. I have chosen to keep my silence until I read the book for myself, but Tim Challies has previewed the book and gives some great preliminary insights.
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Digest 03/04/2011

Posted: March 4, 2011 in Digests

I’m posting this morning from my Android’s WordPress app because my mom and I are heading to the lake to do some fishing before the rain hits this afternoon. It has been in the 60’s and 70’s here in Southwest Missouri for the last week or so, so the lake temperatures are just beginning to rise. Hopefully it will be productive fishing.

Israel, Arabs, and the Family of God — Over against dispensationalist attitudes, John Piper gives what I believe to be a much more biblical perspective to the Israeli/Arab disputes in the Middle East. Our primary concern, he says, is fair treatment of fellow Christians–both Arab and Israeli–and not preservation of the secular state of Israel, per se.

The Rob Bell Circus — If you’re familiar with the world of theoblogy at all, you’ve probably heard about the recent controversy concerning the promo video for Rob Bell’s new book, Love Wins. I have chosen to reserve my opinions and prejudgments until I read the book, and I think Michael Patton’s thoughts most closely reflect my own at this point.

Sorry for such a brief post. I hoped to have more links this morning, but I am at the lake so the rest will have to wait.

Tolle lege!