Flotsam & Jetsam (3/17)

25 Ways – Mark Altrogge over at the Blazing Center lists twenty-five ways we can pursue joy in Christ.

Question Dodging – MSNBC host Martin Bashir takes Rob Bell to task over Love Wins. And in turn, Bell demonstrates that he doesn’t like give straight answers to straight questions. (HT Zach Nielsen)

Relativizing the Relavitizers – From Tullian Tchividjian: “Sociologist Peter Berger used to talk about ‘relativizing the relativizers.’ By this he meant applying to skeptics the same skepticism they apply to others–pushing them, in other words, to the logic of their own presuppositions so that they can see the unsustainability of their own conclusion.”

Shifting Land and Sinking Sand – A poignant declaration of God’s might and man’s weakness, especially in light of the recent tragedy in Japan.

The Vault – It’s always encouraging to see other young men taking up the pen for Christ. Check out this newly established blog, The Vault –  “the place for those who understand what’s out of place.”

The Cross of Christ – A reminder from Ryle to glory only in the cross of Christ. “Let us look well to our own hearts. We live in a day when false doctrines about Christ’s death abound on every side. Let us see that Christ crucified is really the foundation of our own hopes, and that Christ’s atoning death for sin is indeed the whole life of our souls. ”

Humility – A great quote from J.I. Packer.

Rural Address – Ever wondered what a Pauline epistle would look like had it been written to a church in the Ozarks? Well, here’s your chance to find out. “Paul, an apostle and prisoner of our Lord Jesus Christ. To Bubba Joe our beloved brother…”

Geneva Auto Show – Cars are not one of my biggest interests… but hey, these are cool. Very cool.

Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters – Thanks to a recommendation from Persis, I think I may have found the perfect way for male readers (like me) to approach the works of Jane Austen. Then again, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies sure looks interesting, too… tough call…

Health Hazard – And last, but certainly not least, this is why talking on your cell phone excessively can cause brain damage… or at least, a severe headache.

“Jesus’ life was a storm of controversy. The apostles, like the prophets before them, could hardly go a day without controversy. Paul said that he debated daily in the marketplace. To avoid controversy is to avoid Christ. We can have peace, but it is a servile and carnal peace where truth is slain in the streets.” ~ R.C. Sproul

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7 thoughts on “Flotsam & Jetsam (3/17)”

    1. Donovan,

      Thanks for dropping by! :)

      I appreciate your linking to that piece on Bell. It is an interesting take on the subject, but also (I would argue) a flawed and unbiblical one. The comments section isn’t really the place for me to write a thesis on why it’s flawed; suffice it to say that at the heart of it all is a very lopsided view of God’s holiness and man’s sinfulness. I’ll leave it at that for now. Besides, others have addressed the issue with much greater grace and wisdom than I ever could. For your consideration, I submit these reviews:

      http://www.albertmohler.com/2011/03/16/we-have-seen-all-this-before-rob-bell-and-the-reemergence-of-liberal-theology/

      http://thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/kevindeyoung/2011/03/14/rob-bell-love-wins-review/

      http://www.challies.com/book-reviews/love-wins-a-review-of-rob-bells-new-book

      Again, thanks for commenting!

  1. I found the Bashir interview unpalatable because Bashir’s questions tended toward false dichotomies. I thought Bell did fine in not answering those kinds of dishonest questions.

    1. I’m not sure I understand how Bashir’s questions were dishonest or tended toward false dichotomies. This is truly, I believe, an “either/or” situation: either (A) one’s response to the Gospel in this life really does matter in eternity, or (B) it does not. I just can’t see how it can be both.

      Thanks for commenting!

      1. His first question, whether God is loving but impotent or omnipotent and uncaring is a classic dichotomy.

        Even those who believe in eternal hell can believe that knowing God sooner rather than later (deathbed conversion) matters. Bashir doesn’t seem to allow for that.

        It’s only if we believe that reward and punishment are equal for all the redeemed/damned that there’s a problem with this belief. But Bell didn’t do a good job of explaining his point. Hopefully he does better in the book. I’ll let you know.

        1. I guess I was referring to Bashir’s questions regarding Love Wins, not the opening query about God and the tragedy in Japan. As far as that goes, I agree with you, for God is both loving and sovereign.

          I’ll be interested to read your review of Bell’s book. Thanks for sharing your thoughts. :)

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