Lots of great material to pass along this week. So First Things first.
The Bible Tells Me So – A Review of Peter Enns book at First Things
I was considering reviewing Enns’ book myself, although I expected it would make me tear my hair out, and I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t look good bald. It turns out Peter J. Leithart has saved me from that fate with a very helpful review here.
Help, I Married the Wrong Person – Courtney Reissig Writes at TGC
This ones for all the married folks and the people who may someday be married. To everyone thinking they married the wrong person, Reissig says “no, you didn’t.” She goes on to discuss the actual purpose of marriage from God’s point of view too. Check it out.
The answer to the question – Stand Up for the Truth
Catalyst is coming. In fact, my Facebook has already started to be taken over by fans of the seeker/mergent “innovation” church conference that’s happening in D.C. next month. SUFT provides this reminder and links to some of the problematic teachings of one of the speakers: Mark Batterson.
Podcast: ZimZum? – Fighting for the Faith
Don’t waste your time with Rob Bell’s upcoming ZimZum book, it’s Kaballah nonsense, according to Pirate Christian. This F4F episode also looks at Kong Hee, Bill Woolsey, recaps the Hillsong abuse scandal and addresses a sermon about “dreaming with God.
Hercule Poirot and Us – A Review
This review from the Los Angeles Review of Books is fantastic. It’s also about a book I’m personally dying to read since I’m an Agatha Christie fan from childhood as well as a big fan of David Suchet’s portray of her famous Belgian detective. His performance in “Curtain” brought me to tears.
Bad Theology in 140 Characters or Less…
I like Twitter. I actually find it very useful and read many things I wouldn’t find on my own thanks to the medium. But frequently I also get annoyed by tweets I read. For example, yesterday Huffington Post Religion shared this gem:
It made me bristle, not because it is inaccurate, but because it is incomplete — which renders it misleading. Yes, sometimes Jesus did teach with questions. But there’s an implication of the tweet that Jesus always taught with questions and didn’t provide answers, when in fact, Jesus is THE answer. He proclaimed himself the way, the truth and the life. He told the Pharisees the Scriptures that they searched and thought they understood were all about Him.
Twitter’s length limits help breed these kinds of incomplete statements.
Here’s another example I spotted recently.
This tweet actually espouses an subtle, but unbiblical worldview. The truth is that when we’re unregenerated sinners our whole world revolves around ourselves. We don’t want God, unless he’s an idol of our own imagination. Perhaps non-Christians are looking for that encounter with god, but they’re not seeking the true God. The Bible states clearly in 1 Corinthians chapter 1 that the gospel will actually repel people. It demands a response that people either receive or reject, and many reject.
The fallacy the church growth movement and seeker driven churches are built on is the idea that non-Christians and churchless people aren’t saved or attending church simply because it hasn’t been made attractive enough to them, rather than the truth that they are dead in their sins. And in fact many reject the clear, biblical gospel call for them to repent from their sins and believe in Jesus Christ.
Then there are tweets that omit truth like Rick Warren’s recent tweet: “God didn’t put you on earth to judge you but to enjoy you.” Sounds nice, too bad it’s not biblical. That one was frustrating enough I tweeted several verses contradicting it to Warren. No reply.