Lots of stuff that can’t wait until Wednesday!
- This one is must reading. Matthew Paul Turner asks former Mars Hill Bible Church pastor Shane Hipps all the questions I would have asked about the church, hell, Love Wins and the man he succeeded at MHBC, Rob Bell.
“This is one of the biggest misunderstandings. Rob doesn’t have a position or a concept of hell, he is an artist exploring possibilities and making unexpected connections, not a theologian plotting out a system. In other words there is nothing to agree or disagree with. It’s like saying I disagree with that song or that painting.”
Read more at MPT’s blog.
- CT’s story of the week concerns gay students at Christian colleges. That’s not a typo.
“Leaders at Christian colleges and universities around the country told Christianity Today their schools are rethinking the way they address the needs of [same sex attracted] students on campus.”
- If you’ve been around the church for any length of time, you might remember “visitation” by pastors and church elders. These days, you’re more likely to get a house call from your doctor. David Fitch’s guest author Ty Grigg thinks you might not have anybody drop in these days:
“It is not a cultural norm to have neighbors or even friends over to our homes for dinner. If we want to be with people, we go out. The restaurant has replaced the space that home once occupied in society. Typically, for younger generations (40’s and under), a visit will be at a coffee shop or to grab lunch. In our suburban isolation, the home is too much of an intimate, sacred space for most non-family members to enter.”
Read more at Reclaiming the Mission.
- Canadian readers will remember a national pre-Christmas story involving the theft of $2M worth of toys from a Salvation Army warehouse in Toronto. Here’s a follow-up on how the organization is working to protect itself by having a solid ‘whistle-blower’ policy.
- Want a taste of that theological educational experience you missed? RegentRadio.com, the internet broadcasting arm of Regent College, frequently offers free lectures by its professors. Currently it’s wrapping up a twelve-part series with Gordon Fee on the Holy Spirit in Pauline Theology with a new lecture available each day.
- We linked to this about six months ago, but it’s worth a revisit. Scot McKnight at Jesus Creed links to a 9-minute video where an orthodox priest explains various theories of atonement.
- Sarnia is a Canadian city across the river from Port Huron, MI. Pastor Kevin Rodgers blogs at Orphan Age and reminds us how a shared meal is a great way to build community.
- USA Today religion editor Cathy Lynn Grossman looks at the larger religious issues in Monday’s Presidential inauguration ceremony.
- A New Jersey substitute teacher is fired for giving a student his personal Bible as a gift after the student kept asking where the saying, “the last shall be first” came from.
- New blogs we’re watching this week — okay new to us:
- Talk about California dreamin’ on such a winter’s day: Our closing shot this week is from a Facebook page dedicated to books. The picture combines two of my favorite passions: a day at the beach and reading.