Around the Horn :: 6.14.12

June 14, 2012

Around-the-Horn[1]Does Christianity Have A Masculine Feel?
From Tim Challies: John Piper sparked quite a storm with his biographical message on the “frank and manly” J. C. Ryle. One of his conclusion was that Christianity is meant to have a masculine feel to it. Response to his message ranged from outrage to applause. I found myself perplexed and needed to give it some time to work itself out in my mind. For a while I gave up, but then decided that it would be worth the effort, so sat down and began to hash out my thoughts. It took a long time, but having done so, I find that I am pretty sure I disagree with Piper. I will tell you why, but first, a short refresher on his message.

Why Boredom is Good for Your Creativity
Like most creatives, you probably have a low boredom threshold. You’re hardwired to pursue novelty and inspiration, and to run from admin and drudgery. Boredom is the enemy of creativity, to be avoided at all costs. Or is it?

Why the Mission of the Church Discussion still Matters
From Kevin DeYoung: Few Christians would question that disciplemaking is at the heart of the church’s missionary imperative. No evangelical is against evangelism, reaching unreached peoples, and making disciples. And yet, I believe we are blind to serious dangers if we think we can pay mere lipservice to these things, spotlight everything else, and still expect our missionary heartbeat to keep beating. For many churches and many Christians our mission work and mission aims have become indistinguishable from that of any number of humanitarian organizations.

How Do Millennials Differ from Previous Generations
In order to gain a better understanding of the Millenial generation, Glenn T. Stanton and Andrew Hess of Focus on the Family produced a report that “examines a number of important aspects of this current generation while comparing it with other recent generations of Americans.”

Pistols at Dawn: 5 Steps for Discussion of Doctrine Amicably
Sometimes the (doctrinal) sparring leaves darker bruises than were intended. Precautions need to be in place to maintain love and unity in the midst of debate. Here are five house rules for having edifying debates with other believers…

North Dakota Voters Consider Eliminating Property Tax
Since Californians shrank their property taxes more than three decades ago by passing Proposition 13, people around the nation have echoed their dismay over such levies, putting forth plans to even them, simplify them, cap them, slash them. In an election here on Tuesday, residents of North Dakota will consider a measure that reaches far beyond any of that — one that abolishes the property tax entirely.