Around the Horn – 04.28.11

April 28, 2011

Beijing Detains Illegal Church Members on Easter
While these stories are always of interest to me, this one has particular interest as I know one of the leaders of this church. Please pray as the Lord leads you.

Why Is The Muslim World So Resistant To The Gospel?
The future shape of the world appears to be a worldview competition between Christianity, Islam, and Western Secularism. For Christians, both of these worldviews represent real and lasting challenges to evangelism. Neither of these is a particularly new challenge, and the Christian encounter with Islam is now over a millennium in duration.

Debate Between Rob Bell and Adrian Warnock
Last week’s Premier’s Unbelievable with Justin Brierley featured a pretty feisty extended debate between Rob Bell and Adrian Warnock. As Warnock notes, Bell is known to be pretty slippery during interviews, “but I did not want to let myself get frustrated so I resolved to be firm but fair. I think being in the same room with him and discussing face to face helped me immensely to remember he is a real person with real feelings like you and I.”

Despicable Christians, Unspeakable Grace: A Response to Ricky Gervais
Ricky Gervais isn’t a Christian. This should come as no surprise to anyone familiar with his work. It’s not simply that Gervais has a propensity towards the harsh or the mean-spirited; he’s gone to great lengths to make his lack of faith clear. He first gained international acclaim for the BBC version of The Office (whose American counterpart stars Steve Carrell), where he pioneered the kind of painfully awkward humor for which he’s now known. In 2009, he wrote and directed The Invention of Lying, a film set in a world without lies. In it, one man discovers the power of the lie and uses it to invent the existence of God and religious law, manipulating everyone around him. It’s Gervais’s not-so-subtle commentary on the function of religion in society.