Around the Horn: 10.25.12

October 25, 2012

Around-the-Horn[1]What in the World is Going on in the Diocese of South Carolina?
A whole lotta people have asked me that question.  Here is a very helpful FAQ of what’s happened over the past week.

Tim Keller is What Carl Henry Had in Mind
From Scot McKnight: Keller and I do not agree on all things, but his approach is for me a great example of what Henry had in mind. We will get to this in a future post, but Keller’s posture is a “transformationalist” approach. I see his approach to be a soft transformationalist, not unlike James Davison Hunter’s “faithful witness.”

He who sits in the heavens
Worry is one of my besetting sins. It can cover a wide range of subjects – immediate family concerns, the election in less than 2 weeks, or what’s really happening in Tehran. I begin to worry because I don’t like unknowns, and I don’t like feeling out of control. To compensate, I often try to keep tabs on all the possible variables that could affect the outcome, deluding flattering myself into thinking that I can at least be mentally prepared for what could occur. But this is cold comfort. There are too many factors beyond my scope, and as I consider what is outside of my control, the needle on the worry meter goes up.

I Saw “Lincoln” Last Night: Here Are Five Takeaways In No Particular Order
A good review from the folks over at The Deacon’s Bench

Are Gossips in Heaven?
From Bill Mounce:  This verse hit me pretty hard this morning: “Those who consider themselves religious and yet do not keep a tight rein on their tongues deceive themselves, and their religion is worthless” (James 1:26).  I have often said that gossip is the native tongue of the church, and what this means is that a large number of people who attend religious services Sunday morning need to be told that their “religion is worthless.” But what does that mean?

“Fear Not Little Flock: The King’s Promise”
From Michael Horton: If our hopes indicate what we value most—what keeps us going, then our fears reveal the same in reverse. What do we need (or think we need) so much that we would be unable to go without it? And what do we believe in so much that if it doesn’t come through for us we’re totally disillusioned?

9 Things Invented for the Military Use that You Now Encounter in Everyday Life
From the folks at Mental Floss: A surprising number of military inventions have found their ways into our civilian lives. Here are just a few military-turned-everyday items.

The Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert
A fine review by Nancy Guthrie: What is conversion? Theologian Wayne Grudem defines it as “our willing response to the gospel call, in which we sincerely repent of sins and place our trust in Christ for salvation.” True as this definition may be, somehow it seems colorless in light of conversion not so much defined but demonstrated in Rosemarie Champagne Butterfield’s coming-to-faith memoir, The Secret Thoughts of an Unlikey Convert. Conversion for Butterfield is a thoroughly disrupting transformation—a whole-life, whole-person turn toward Christ.