I enjoyed reading an advanced copy of Onward: Engaging the Culture Without Losing the Gospel by Russell Moore. The book begins with a few chapters summarizing the increasing secularization in the United States (and even in the Bible belt itself), as evangelicals have shifted "from moral majority to prophetic minority." Moore then explains how the already, not-yet nature of the kingdom of God means that our priority, as individual Christians and as churches, should be the reconciliation of sinners to God not the subjugation of those who (sometimes vehemently) disagree with us. The next chapter … [Read more...] about Onward by Russell Moore
Ed Stetzer offers an insightful break down of the latest Pew Religious Landscape Report (summarized here). The short version is this: Nominal Christianity is on the decline (with the majority of those raised in Mainline denominations defecting to an "unaffiliated" status), but within the larger category of "Christian," there is a shift towards evangelical faith. Here are a few nuggets: … [Read more...] about Nominals to Nones: 3 Key Takeaways From Pew’s Religious Landscape Survey
Mark Bauerlein is a professor at Emory University and the author of an outstanding book entitled The Dumbest Generation: How the Digital Age Stupefies Young Americans and Jeopardizes Our Future (Or, Don’t Trust Anyone Under 30 (see commentary here). In a recent NYT article, Bauerlein laments wants happened to the role of the professor when students are more instead in a credential than an education (and more anxious about grading than eager for learning): When college is more about career than ideas, when paycheck matters more than wisdom, the role of professors changes. We may be … [Read more...] about What’s the Point of a Professor?
Did you miss the two and a half hours of oral arguments on same-sex marriage at the Supreme Court last week? James Phillips, visiting assistant professor of law at Brigham Young University, does a great job correcting six mistakes that were made (in some cases by the Supreme Court Justices themselves). Error Number One: Massachusetts Marriage Rates Have Stayed the Same Error Number Two: Because Some Men Leave Their Wives and Children, Marriage Does Not Help Keep Fathers Around Error Number Three: The Purpose of States’ Recognizing and Regulating Marriage is to Bestow Dignity on … [Read more...] about Correcting Six Mistakes from the Same-Sex Marriage Oral Arguments Last Week
R.C. Sproul: To hear answers from the other speakers (and a great mix of views), see the 42:09-75:40 portion of this video. … [Read more...] about How Old is the Universe?
J.C. Ryle: Youth is the seed-time of full age, the molding season in the little space of human life, the turning-point in the history of man's mind. By the shoot we judge of the tree, by the blossoms we judge of the fruit, by the spring we judge of the harvest, by the morning we judge of the day, and by the character of the young man, we may generally judge what he will be when he grows up. -J.C. Ryle, Thoughts for Young Men (available for $0.99 on Kindle) … [Read more...] about The Importance of Our Early Years