Last week Christina Fox wrote a wonderful blog post at The Christward Collective on the Palms of lament. I’ve been convicted lately on how much I neglect the Psalms in my life. Many Christians today no longer sing the Psalms at church and if they do, it is usually just a small part of the Psalm- the encouraging part. From my experience, this is also how we tend to read the Psalms. We simply don’t know what to do with the dreadful, the depressing, and the fearful aspects of the Psalms. This isn’t how the Psalms were intended to be read or sung. As Fox points out, the Psalms of lament “express the hardest and most painful of all emotions that humans feel: sorrow, rejection, despair, and fear”. They were intended to be taken as a whole so that we can experience and contemplate on how Christ is Lord over our sorrow, rejection, despair and fear. This is a good defense of using the Psalms in private as well as public worship and Christina Fox does a good job breaking down the common structure of these cherished Psalms. Read, How the Laments Speak to Our Fears.
What is the best way to grow a church? Over at Ligonier, Al Mohler argues that it happens by preaching the word Slowly, Immeasurably, Invisibly
The Whitehorse Inn is beginning a new series on the great moments and people of redemption history. I’m excited about this. Really excited. Here is the first lesson.
Lat week at Patheos, Libby Anne published a good summary of the allegations against Bill Gothard and IBLP. I know that Gothard still has many apologists. I’m not one. Perhaps he is innocent, but for the sake of the victims we need to let this play out and allow them to be heard. We can not continue to silence victims simply because they might be wrong. The facts will play out. They must if we truly want justice. It doesn’t look good for Gothard. There are simply too many women coming forward and their stories are similar enough that we start to see a pattern of behavior.
Has anyone been paying attention to what is going on over at The Free University of Amsterdam? This is quite unexpected? After starting out as a conservative Christian university, the Free University became a leader in liberal theology. Now it appears there is a slow but sure move back toward orthodoxy. Is it possible that the great American universities (Harvard, Princeton, Yale, etc) will follow in their footsteps? It’s a bit early to tell but a topic to revisit an a couple of decades.
Last month The Federalist had an interesting article on how our society tends to sexualize everything. The author, D.C. McAllister focuses specifically on friendships and calls for a rediscovery of Phileo. Good read. I hope it sparks some discussion.
Also last month, NYC will begin fining employers $250,000 for referring to transgender employees by their birth gender. You can read about it here
- Book Review – Vindicating the Vixens by Sandra Glahn - February 8, 2018
- Book Review – Leaving Mormonism: Why Four Scholars Changed Their Minds by Corey Miller & Lynn K. Wilder - December 2, 2017
- Book Review – Marriage God’s Way by Scott LaPierre - November 17, 2017