Jonathan Edwards Is My Homeboy

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One of my favorite teachers here at BJU recently read the book above to get insight into some of his more theologically inclined students. I want insight, too, and I had noticed this book riding some blogosphere buzz, so I picked it up. It was engaging, informative, and a nice quick read perfect for walks between home and work.

It also managed to warm my heart toward the Lord; He brought it to me at a time when I needed some help and some rebuke.

This book was three things for me:

  1. A rebuke: Never be arrogant or cliquish about theology but always humble. That reminder came by way of a) stories about prideful theologues and b) the simple point that grace is not something you can work up for yourself.
  2. A fascinating narrative: a backstage pass into conservative, gospel-centered American evangelicalism.
  3. A reminder: Above all this book reminded me that my theology changes my life. My view of God affects me. Your view affects you. Rather than allow myself to be annoyed and frustrated by those who disagree with me, I want by God’s grace to focus on the positive. I want to give the Bible’s view of a powerful, ruling God free reign to change me into His image from glory to glory.

Narnia for Nineteen

I cannot recommend this set of CDs highly enough, and I cannot fathom that it’s being sold for $19!

These dramatized recordings of the Narnia stories are so well done—and so gloriously Christian! They catch the spirit of the books in a way the two Disney films haven’t. I am convinced that the reason the films falter (especially the latest) is that the stories were fed through a different worldview, an unregenerated one. How else can you explain the marginalization of Aslan?

I am moved deeply every time I hear Aslan lovingly explain his providence to Shasta in The Horse and His Boy. I ask with sorrow, how can a lost man understand the true meaning of that scene?

You simply must buy this set if you don’t have it!

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Note: Rejoice Christian Software’s owner tells me he does not yet have a permanent page set up for this item, so the link above will take you to your shopping cart. But I have ordered many things from this site in the past; it’s totally legit.

Bad Times Draw Bigger Crowds to Churches – NYTimes.com

Another good reason to read the New York Times: Mark Minnick does! He mentioned in his Sunday-evening sermon that he had just read that afternoon the article from which I offer this interesting excerpt:

In “Praying for Recession: The Business Cycle and Protestant Religiosity in the United States,” David Beckworth, an assistant professor of economics at Texas State University, looked at long-established trend lines showing the growth of evangelical congregations and the decline of mainline churches and found a more telling detail: During each recession cycle between 1968 and 2004, the rate of growth in evangelical churches jumped by 50 percent. By comparison, mainline Protestant churches continued their decline during recessions, though a bit more slowly.

[From Bad Times Draw Bigger Crowds to Churches]