In College and Hiding From Scary Ideas
Hands down the best article I read this week. From the NYT; the article address the conviction, increasingly prevalent among college students, that their schools should keep them from being ‘bombarded’ by discomfiting or distressing viewpoints.
iPod Preachers and the Local Church
From Barnabas Piper: A few years ago my iPod was filled with sermons from the usual gospelly suspects, and I listened to them fairly regularly. But I realized something wasn’t quite right.
God Doesn’t Want Matt Chandler to Be Your Pastor
From Stephen Altrogge: The massive availability of fantastic preaching presents a problem as well. It can tempt us to be discontent with our own pastors.
The Short Life-span of Contemporary Worship Songs
Because of the increasingly short shelf-life of modern worship music, worship leaders should make sure we . . .
From the NYMag: Ask seasoned writers to come up with an ending to an unfinished short story, and their brains seem to switch into a sort of automatic story-sculpting mode.
Sabermetrics for the Church?
Every year [Anglican] churches prepare parochial reports, which are aggregated and become the basis for the assessment of the health of dioceses and of the national church. We measure membership, attendance, total activity (number of services), and giving. But are we measuring the right things?
What the English of Shakespeare, Beowulf, and King Arthur Actually Sounded Like
From the Washington Post: Let’s hop into a time machine and go back to the England of yore!
9 Traits of Mean Churches
From Thom Rainer: I collected characteristics of these (mean) churches, and I found nine that were common.
The Integrity of Our Words and Confession of Faith
From Albert Mohler: In the end, theological education–and preaching–is all about the stewardship of words. So it was when Paul commissioned Timothy. So is it now.
With Race-Together Starbucks is Using the Worst of Evangelical Techniques
The campaign was aborted but Starbucks CEO Howard Shultz still declared it mission accomplished.