Archives for August 2007
Christianity Today interviews David Dockery, President of Union University in Jackson, Tennessee. Dockery is the co-editor of two books on Christian higher education (Shaping a Christian Worldview: The Foundation of Christian Higher Education and The Future of Christian Higher Education), and has now written his own book on the subject called Renewing Minds: Serving Church and Society through Christian Higher Education. The latter will be available in October from Holman Academic. Here’s a sample question and answer:
CT: One of the significant divides in terms of conceiving the Christian university is between the “two spheres” model that aims to provide an excellent secular education in a Christian environment and the integrationist model that aims at distinctively Christian education. You endorse the latter. Why?
Dockery: A two-sphere model recognizes the place of chapel, campus ministry, mission trip opportunities, and residence-life Bible studies. This model sees a place for faith on one side of the campus and learning on the other. This model can be achieved with parachurch ministries on secular campuses. I do not believe this model represents the best of Christ-centered higher education nor do I think it represents the best of the Christian intellectual tradition through the years.
Read the whole thing.
Dr. Mohler weighs in on the recent revelations of Mother Teresa’s spiritual struggle by David van Biema in this week’s Time Magazine cover story. Dr. Mohler’s reflections appear in the On Faith forum (a conversation on religion) co-sponsored by the Washington Post and Newsweek magazine. His main points are:
1. We ought to trust Christ, not our feelings.
2. Doubt can be healthy. It can drive believers to a deeper knowledge and embrace of the Gospel. Alternatively, doubt can be a form of sin . . . a refusal to trust God and his promises. Doubt can thus be at the root of spiritual depression.
3. The heart of the Christian gospel is that salvation comes by grace through faith alone. Not faith in our ability to maintain faith, but faith in Christ. Though there is an emotional aspect to the Christian faith, our faith is not ultimately anchored in our feelings but in the facts of the Gospel.
Hugh Hewitt talked about this today. The Blog World and New Media Expo (in Las Vegas, NV) is:
“The first and only industry-wide tradeshow, conference, and media event dedicated to promoting the dynamic industry of blogging and new media. In addition to the only industry-wide exhibition, BlogWorld will feature the largest blogging conference in the world including more than 50 seminars, panel discussions and keynotes from iconic personalities on the leading-edge of online technology and internet-savvy business.”
The conference is apparently for bloggers of all types. The program organizers say, “If you blog about business, technology, politics, sports, lifestyle & culture, general news items, or celebrity gossip, If you are a Milblogger, or Godblogger, or advocate a social position you need to be at BlogWorld & New Media Expo.”
I found these blogging statistics to be interesting:
* Over 12 million American adults currently maintain a blog.
* More than 147 million Americans use the Internet.
* Over 57 million Americans read blogs (that’s almost 40%).
* 1.7 million American adults list making money as one of the reasons they blog.
* 89% of companies surveyed say they think blogs will be more important in the next five years.
* 9% of internet users say they have created blogs .
* 6% of the entire US adult population has created a blog .
* Technorati is currently tracking over 70 million blogs .
* Over 120 thousand blogs are created every day .
* There are over 1.4 million new blog posts every day .
* 22 of the 100 most popular websites in the world are blogs .
* 120,000 new blogs are created every day .
* 37% of blog readers began reading blogs in 2005 or 2006.
* 51% of blog readers shop online.
* Blog readers average 23 hours online each week. (But do we read our Bibles?)
My two-cents worth: Though much of the blogosphere can be ugly, blogging can be a great way to reflect on significant issues/events, to bless others, and to grow as a writer. Blogging can promote engaging discussion and the solidification of personal convictions on a range of issues. But it also presents the dangers of aimless time-wasting (and its inevitable corollary: failure to read the Bible and pray), narcissism (who is saying what about ME today? how many people are visiting MY blog?), and writing mean things which one would never say to someone face-to-face. For those who blog, I would commend these suggestions from Abraham Piper on blog reading and blog writing.
Update: The GodBlogCon Conference this year is being held in conjunction with the Blogworld & New media Expo. (HT: Ted Slater)
Tim Challies has initiated (another) great idea: Using blogdom as a vehicle for accountability in reading through some of the classic Christian books. The first book selected is Holiness, by J.C. Ryle, which is absolutely fantastic. If you’ve never read it, you might consider checking out Tim’s plan and perhaps joining in.
“I want us to focus on the glory of Christ as the main purpose that God had in mind when he planned for and permitted Adam’s sin, and with him the fall of all humanity into sin. Remember what I said last week: Whatever God permits, he permits for a reason. And his reasons are always infinitely wise and purposeful. He did not have to let the Fall happen. He could have stopped it, just like he could have stopped the fall of Satan (as we saw last week). The fact that he did not stop it means he has a reason, a purpose for it. And he doesn’t make up his plans as he goes along. What he knows to be wise, he has always known to be wise. Therefore, Adam’s sin and the fall of the human race with him into sin and misery did not take God off guard and is part of his overarching plan to display the fullness of the glory of Jesus Christ.”