Around the Horn :: 8.23.2012

August 23, 2012

Around-the-Horn[1]Wisdom on Steroids: Conversations with J.I. Packer
Almost everything about J. I. Packer is counter-cultural. When asked a question, his answers tend to be 7-8 minutes long, and come out in full paragraphs. One of my favorite quotes from Packer is where he warns against the spirit of this age, which holds that “the newer is the truer, only what is recent is decent, every shift of ground is a step forward, and every latest word must be hailed as the last word on its subject.” Packer represents the opposite. He is “old school.” Listening to him talk is sometimes akin to hearing someone speak in your second language.

6 Reasons Why Mormons Are Beating Evangelicals in Evangelism
One religious group shows consistent growth year by year and decade by decade. Mormons, living in the same country and culture as evangelicals, keep growing their church. Why? I propose six reasons.

The Threefold Use of the Law
Ligonier Ministries has a short, helpful look at the threefold use of the Law.

Dreams of My Father, Calls from My Brother
A pretty amazing article from Mark Steyn.

4 Questions to Ask Before Posting your Views on Facebook or Twitter
Dave Kinnaman and Gabe Lyons wrote in unChristian, a book about reaching young adults for Christ, “We are representatives of Jesus to every person in our culture, regardless of whether we agree politically. Our lives should reflect Jesus, which includes not just how we vote, but every element of our political engagement—our conversations about politics as well as our attitudes about ideological opponents.

You Never Marry the Right Person
From Tim Keller:  In generations past, there was far less talk about “compatibility” and finding the ideal soul-mate. Today we are looking for someone who accepts us as we are and fulfills our desires, and this creates an unrealistic set of expectations that frustrates both the searchers and the searched for.  In John Tierney’s classic humor article “Picky, Picky, Picky” he tries nobly to get us to laugh at the impossible situation our culture has put us in. He recounts many of the reasons his single friends told him they had given up on their recent relationships . . .