Odds & A Loose End

Others have referenced it, but in case you haven’t seen it, I think it is worth noting two posts related to the Beck-oning happening on the cultural-political-religious landscape. I note the first post (a World mag article which counts Beck among the converted on the basis, it seems, of sentiment alone) with bewilderment and the second (an excellent counterword by Justin Taylor) with thankfulness. If you only have time to read one, please read Justin’s.

I’d like to invite you to the Mid-America Conference on Preaching on October 21-22, 2010. Our theme is Church, Kingdom, Mission: Understanding and Assessing the Missional Church Movement. More info can be found here. The more I read, watch, and listen, the more I think this is a timely and needed subject to spend time thinking and talking about. I doubt we’ll all be in agreement on all points, but I think all will be encouraged and equipped by the time in the Word together.

Just to wrap this one up and put it away…as I figured, no one took me up on the challenge I extended two posts ago. That being the case, I stand by my assessment that some who “rejoiced” at the end of the merger talks were insincerely expressing concern about Faith while actually attempting to discredit a good man and good seminary. Most of the time I just ignore this kind of junk, but two factors weighed into my decision this time: (1) it is always difficult for the the people being unjustly attacked to respond; and (2) there seems to be a rise in the use of blog articles as a form of guerilla warfare–one person writes something, then others email it along or repost it in order to chum the waters. Regarding that second point, it is frightening that Christians sometimes adopt the mindless stance of our culture wherein anything that is published online is presumed to have some legitimacy. The web seems to be the new water cooler. Christians should never have gathered there to hear and pass along the latest rumor, gossip, and innuendo, and the same holds true for the web.

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