Around the Horn: 11.29.12

November 29, 2012

Around-the-Horn[1]T-t-t-Talkin’ Bout My Generation (But Thinking About the One after Next)
What is the legacy of a great church leader? Is it his books? Is it his blogs or his podcasts? Is it the recording of his sermons? Is it his inspirational life story? Is it the number of satellite campuses he can fill each Lord’s Day (as long as Christmas does not fall on a Sunday, of course)? It might indeed involve any or all of these; but surely above all else the legacy of the church leader is his followers and especially those he has helped to put in to positions of influence.  As Solon might have said, count no church leader as being truly faithful until you can see what steps he took to leave a faithful legacy. And for the rest of us, while we tend to spend our time talking about this generation, perhaps we might devote a little more time to worrying and praying about the one after next.

How the Early Christians Read the Bible
It is not unusual for a first-time Bible reader to encounter a New Testament author quoting an Old Testament author, for the reader to wander back to the Old Testament to read that text too, and discover — “Wow, that’s not quite what the Old Testament author had in mind.” One of my favorites is how Matthew sees Jesus’ parents taking him to Egypt and then back to the Land of Israel (to the Galilee in fact) and to see in that move a “fulfillment” of Hosea where it says “out of Egypt I have called my son.” In Hosea “son” means Israel and refers to the Exodus… well, that’s not quite the same as what Matthew was on about.  Have you ever explained to a Bible reader how the New uses the Old? What would you tell that person? What are the major ideas? Which text in the NT would you use first?

The Conviction to Lead
From Albert Mohler: Let me warn you right up front — my goal is to change the way you think about leadership. I do not aim merely to add one more voice to the conversation about leadership, I want fundamentally to change the way leadership is understood and practiced.

10 Reasons Why Men Shouldn’t be Ordained

N.Y. Times Plays Politics with Dorothy Day
I was happy to see a front page New Times story on Dorothy Day this morning when I came down for coffee. Of course, I began reading with trepidation, waiting for the other shoe to drop. Didn’t take long. By the first line of the second paragraph, I was annoyed by the lack of understanding of all things Catholic.

Calls to Silence Lord Carey
One more example of the intolerance of the “tolerant”: The student union at the former Archbishop of Canterbury’s alma mater has begun a petition campaign calling for Kings College London to remove George Carey’s portrait from a gallery of famous alumni.

Last week, just after the announcement that the Anglican church would not be appointing women bishops for another five years, someone tweeted @thinktheology and asked if we had any response. My immediate reaction was that it was a lose-lose issue to comment on, so I didn’t say or write anything (although Matt Hosier, whose initial reaction was similar, did put pen to paper himself). But it seems that I’m pretty much the only one: perspectives on the issue have emerged from nearly everybody I read, including all the American usual suspects, but also British bloggers like Krish Kandiah (complementarians aren’t sexist), Steve Holmes (complementarians aren’t conservative) and Phil Moore (the question isn’t about having women bishops, it’s about having bishops in the first place). Apparently, angels rush in where fools fear to tread.

How to Read the Bible and How Not To
There are two ways to read the Bible.  We can read it as law or as promise.  If we read the Bible as law, we will find on every page what God is telling us we should do.  Even the promises will be conditioned by law.  But if we read the Bible as promise, we will find on every page what God is telling us he will do.  Even the commands are conditioned by promise.