I’m so tired of people who wouldn’t visit a doctor who used a stethoscope instead of an MRI demanding that farmers like me use 1930s technology to raise food.
Here are a couple good links on the church. First, Jared at The Thinklings has post on being fed (spiritually) in a church. Second, Sam Rainer at Church Forward writes on the 3 myths about church dropouts. Both are more than worth your time.
It might be a little late to be linking to this, but The History of Rome podcast just had a show about the Roman origins of Christmas. There are a lot of good cultural and theological points in understanding how and why Christmas came to be celebrated on 25 December.
Read this BHT post by Michael Spencer. Then ask yourself if maybe, just maybe we should take Job’s friend’s lead and just shut up for a while. Shut up and help people. And if we talk, if we absolutely have to, let’s talk about Jesus.
Travis at Sword of Gryffindor dismantles my two first two posts (and rightly so). I have no problem admitting I went a little over the top, but when you whittle away some of my hyperbole, I tend to agree with he says. I guess the main matter for me is what kind of death are we going to see. Or, how will Harry kill Voldemort? That, to me, is key.
Edit: That’s not to say I’m trying to pretend I was saying one thing all along when I really wasn’t. What I wanted to say, and expressed rather poorly, is that for Harry to simply kill Voldemort (with AK or something similar) with no reference to love would be disappointing. That is what I have inferred that some (not all) people want.
Shaquille O’neal is promoting his new show “Shaq’s Big Challenge” where he takes obese children and whips them into shape (the irony of such a show is mind boggling). In an interview with ESPN.com’s Sam Alipour he gives several reasons as to why so many kids are overweight, like fast food and the lack of PE in many public schools. Then he comes out with this gem:
[K]ids aren’t as active as they were when me and you were growing up. They have Sega, Nintendo, Atari. Video games aren’t allowing kids to be as active as we were.
Grammatical mistakes aside, I wonder what in the world Shaq is talking about. Kids these days aren’t active because they have Sega, Nintendo, and Atari? What? Maybe people my age are overweight because of those things (although in my case it’s just laziness), but not kids of this generation. And the funniest thing is that the Nintendo Wii is the only console that encourages physical activity.
Note: There’s no reason for me to call this Thursday Links, as if I do it every Thursday; I just made it up to make it seem like a real weekly feature. I don’t even understand myself.
Josh S. at Reformed Catholicism looks at the Reformation solas as homiletical principles. “Luther’s theology was not something he worked out on a desk in his study; it was forged in his prayers, in caring for the souls of his parish, and in preaching.”
“Atticus” at The Radical Agenda talks about baptism, specifically infant baptism. He does not offer an exegetical or theological defense, but rather some ruminations as he calls it. “Infant baptism is a vivid picture of the work Christ did on our behalf. I am aware that much of Christendom prefers believers baptism and I respect their opinions, but the picture presented to us in infant baptism is profound, and we would do well to meditate on it.” If anything could convince me of paedobaptism, it would be a post like this.
Adam at Disciple 13 asks an existential question. It’s a very important question that probably has no answer.
Tim Challies wonders why so many protestants are attracted to Rome. Most of his points are fair, although he doesn’t seem to understand what ritual is when he says things like this “[Roman Catholic liturgy] attracts certain people, and perhaps especially those who have been accustomed to worship that is based more on ritual. The solution here is not to return to ritual, but to return to a sense of gravity that marks times of corporate worship as being different from times of entertainment and amusement. ” This is deserving of a post all its own. Unfortunately, he ends with this, “the Roman Catholic Church may well be Satan’s greatest masterpiece.”
John H of Confessing Evangelical compares theology of the cross and theology of glory. He does so with a nifty table that appeals to my orderly nature.
Finally, in case you haven’t seen it, check out Streetviewr. It catalogs funny pictures caught by Google’s new Street View. It is absolutely hilarious.
Isaac Asimov’s favorite short story, “The Last Question”, can be read online here. In an incredible feat, rarely done by any author, Asimov spans trillions of years of human history. It is definitely worth the few minutes to read it.