Archive for the ‘Links’ Category

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Because links:

Recovering the idea of the parish.

Culture vs. society.

The clash of civilizations is nonsense.

And for all the Calvinists: go here and here for an interesting time.

Books At A Glance

I am happy to announce the launch of a new website that I am involved with called Books At A Glance. The purpose of the site is to relieve the frustration that all of us bibliophiles feel: There’s not enough time to read all of the books we want! Books At A Glance is designed to help streamline some of our reading habits by providing summaries, reviews, and author interviews of the latest books in the various theological disciplines.

If you are in the business world you are likely familiar with the concept of “executive reviews.” These are more than a book review, but a proper summary—roughly 7-10 pages—of a book to help readers get a sense of its content, flow, and argument. Books At A Glance capitalizes on this kind of summary. As our promo material says, these summaries enable you to “keep informed and up to date and widen your learning in minutes, without infringing on your schedule.” It also helps you figure out what books you want to purchase in order to dig deeper.

Books At A Glance is run by pastor-theologian Fred Zaspel, author of a number of important works on B. B. Warfield. Its Board of Reference includes Thabiti Anyabwile, Matthew Barrett, D. A. Carson, James Hamilton, Steve Nichols, Tom Schreiner, Carl Trueman, and others. I am privileged to be part of the editorial staff overseeing apologetics.

This is not a totally free website but requires membership for access to some key aspects of what is offered. I really do think that this is a worthwhile resource that will continue to grow and develop as the months go by. It is ideal for busy pastors who don’t have time to read all of the latest from good publishers, it is also useful for scholars who want to keep abreast of the most recent work.

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Some helpful links to roll over a new year:

For John MacArthur fans: How to wear a suit.

Ta-Nehisi Coates praises Newt Gingrich for being one of those conservatives who didn’t wait until Mandela’s death to support him.

Carl Trueman praises high-Anglican liturgy.

What’s going on with Francis Chan?

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Cold weather, more links:

American religion, whatever its formal sectarian designation, tends to be decidedly Protestant.” Kwame Anthony Appiah gives an very interesting talk on rights and culture in a cosmopolitan age.

A secular parent wishes his children knew some Bible stories.

Once again, faux Christian outrage rears its head. Please read this, everyone.

I don’t know if any of our readers are map geeks, but just in case: what if US state boundaries conformed to watersheds?

Evangelicals, Intervention, and Alienationism

Kerry and Assad at Dinner (ca 2009)

In the midst of the US push for war in Syria—it will be a war, in spite of Secretary of State Kerry’s statements about it being a “limited” strike—I thought I would highlight a couple of good articles on why Christians, especially evangelicals, should not support intervention.

The first is Thomas Kidd’s recent Patheos blogpost entitled “The Roots of Evangelical Opposition to Syrian Intervention.” Dr. Kidd, who teaches history at Baylor, highlights the remarkable unity of Christian groups across denominations and the political spectrum. He writes that some oppose the intervention merely because it is Obama who wants it; others are war-weary; while others have grown in their global consciousness. I am particularly interested by his comments about the waning of dispensationalism as a factor.

The second is Mark Nenadov’s “Against ‘Alienationism’” at Kuyperian Commentary. In this witty and literate piece, Nenadov argues that non-intervention is the better option than engaging in constant wars. I hope that his neologism, “Alienationism,” will enter our political language. It turns the tables on those who call non-interventionists “isolationists”; as though we were heartless geopolitical hermits who care little about what other nations think. The Alienationist is the one who puts his or her nation into a box of worldly contempt.

Both of these pieces give us much to think on in this horrible climate of war. Thankfully the Russians of all people (oh the irony!) have given the U.S. a diplomatic way out—let’s hope and pray that the U.S. uses it!

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It’s time again methinks, to have a helping of links:

Is bigger better when it comes to churches?

Uh oh: Does coffee curb creativity?

The phone booth graveyard. (Not quite as impressive as this graveyard, but nonetheless, a sign of the times.)

On the lost art of fixing things.

Is craft beer killing productivity?

Musical Religious Experience

My old friend Tim hosts a bbq every year during NXNE; 159 Manning is becoming something of a famed event. I’ve missed everyone so far.

At this year’s party they did some shape-note singing, a kind of southern-Protestant influenced communal sing-along. On Facebook, Tim linked to the blog of a girl who actually got to sit in the midst of the group as they sang; I love how she shares her experience of what it was like. As non-religious as she claims to be, she can’t help but use religious language to explain her experience. I find that telling.

I’ll leave it to C. S. Lewis to better explain what I think her words reflect: “The books or the music in which we thought the beauty was located will betray us if we trust to them; it was not in them, it only came through them, and what came through them was longing. These things—the beauty, the memory of our own past—are good images of what we really desire; but if they are mistaken for the thing itself they turn into dumb idols, breaking the hearts of their worshipers. For they are not the thing itself; they are only the scent of a flower we have not found, the echo of a tune we have not heard, news from a country we have never yet visited” (C. S. Lewis, The Weight of Glory).

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More links, because I said so:

Thomas Jefferson thought that Calvin was an atheist (!)

One of Hitler’s food testers reveals her past.

The importance of interacting outside your own bubble.

Why long-term unemployment is devastating.

Impress your friends with notable Latin quotes.

Lastly, here’s how you can write like a famous columnist: the Thomas Friedman op-ed generator.

 

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Let them click links:

Andrew Sullivan goes to an evangelical megachurch.

Rod Dreher on Andrew Sullivan having gone to an evangelical megachurch.

Richard Dawkins self-destructing on Twitter. (via Tony Jones)

Coverage of terror at home and abroad. (Kind of graphic, maybe don’t click if the kids are around.)

The difference between Dominican Friars and Jedi Knights.

Lastly, this has been everywhere, but for good reason, please read this account of a gay man at Jerry Falwell’s university.

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It’s been a while, but we need some more links:

The shuttering of Google Reader seems at first to be just another first-world problem, but the site actually acts as a valuable tool for activists and dissidents in places like China and Iran.

Mark Driscoll is just descending into self-parody I think.

TNC reflects on group identities.

Unlocking: not just for cellphones.