Dr. Russell Moore - Farewell to the American Protestant Majority | A pew poll has revealed that Protestantism is not the majority faith. In that same poll, it showed that the religiously unaffiliated has grown to be a serious force.
Frankly, we should be more concerned about the loss of a Christian majority in the Protestant churches than about the loss of a Protestant majority in the United States. Most of the old-line Protestant denominations are captive to every theological fad that has blown through their divinity schools in the past thirty years-from crypto-Marxist liberation ideologies to sexual identity politics to a neo-pagan vision of God—complete with gender neutralized liturgies. Should we lament the fact that the Riverside Avenue Protestant establishment is now collapsing under the weight of its own bureaucracy?
What we should pay attention to instead may be the fresh wind of orthodox Christianity whistling through the leaves-especially throughout the third world, and in some unlikely places in North America, as well. Sometimes animists, Buddhists, and body-pierced Starbucks employees are more fertile ground for the gospel than the confirmed Episcopalian at the helm of the Rotary Club.
Accordingly, evangelicals will engage the culture much like the apostles did in the first century—not primarily to “baptized” pagans on someone’s church roll, but as those who are hearing something new for the first time. There may be fewer bureaucrats in denominational headquarters, but there might be more authentically Christian churches preaching an authentically Christian gospel.
The Blaze - ‘It’s Party Time, Chumps’: This Bad Lip Reading of the First Presidential Debate Is Amazing | I love watching a lot of these Bad Lip Readings. This one is probably the best. Warning, there is some strong and suggestive language.
Trevin Wax - 7 Myths about the Columbine Shooting | Here are the two most common myths, I believe.
Myth #1: The Columbine killers were social misfits who were bullied by their classmates.
Truth: Eric Harris was a lady’s man, a charmer who had a number of good friends at school. Dylan Klebold went to the prom the weekend before the shooting.
Both killers attended football games, dances, and school plays. Despite the media reports, neither of them were linked to the “Trench Coat Mafia.” Nor were they part of a street gang or known to dress in Gothic style. . . .
Myth #6: Cassie Bernall was martyred for her faith in God.
Truth: According to the eyewitness under the table with her, Cassie was shot when Eric poked his shotgun under the table and said, “Peekaboo.” The 911 tape verifies this testimony.
The martyr story arose from the testimony from another student in the library, Craig Scott (brother to victim, Rachel Scott), who recounted a conversation that took place across the room. Valeen Schnurr was the one who actually professed her faith in God, and this took place after she was shot. As she lay bleeding, she prayed, “Oh my God, don’t let me die.” Dylan turned around and asked her, “God? Do you believe in God?” Valeen said, “Yes, I believe in God.” When the killer asked why, she replied, “Because it’s how my parents raised me.”
Justin Taylor - A Landmark Book: The First Puritan Systematic Theology | I am really interested in the book Taylor is promoting here.
For one week WTS Books is selling the massive new book A Puritan Theology: Doctrine for Life by Joel Beeke and Mark Jones for 50% off ($30 instead of $60).
You can read online for free the foreword by Sinclair Ferguson, the table of contents, and a sample chapter on “The Puritans on Union with Christ, Justification, and Regeneration.”
“[These] one thousand pages and more than half a million words . . . constitute the largest and most comprehensive exposition to date on the theology of the English Puritans. It is a remarkable achievement. . . . There are too many outstanding features of this volume to list them adequately. The sheer range of theology covered—each locus in the theological encyclopedia is touched on—is breathtaking; the focus of attention on some of the most significant thinkers, preachers, and
writers (who were men who, to a remarkable degree, combined all three) is profoundly impressive. These pages are not replete with complexities and obscurities. Nor are they light reading. . . . But if you share the concern of the Puritans to think biblically in order to live to the glory of God, these pages will prove to be a goldmine.”
—From the foreword by Sinclair Ferguson
Fox News - Reexamining the timeline of events in Libya | This is a serious scandal that isn't getting the coverage it should.
The Guardian - 'New' JRR Tolkien epic due out next year |
It's the story of a dark world, of knights and princesses, swords and sorcery, quests and betrayals, and it's from the pen of JRR Tolkien. But this is not Middle-earth, it's ancient Britain, and this previously unpublished work from the Lord of the Rings author stars not Aragorn, Gandalf and Frodo, but King Arthur.
HarperCollins has announced the acquisition of Tolkien's never-before-published poem The Fall of Arthur, which will be released for the first time next May. Running to more than 200 pages, Tolkien's story was inspired by Geoffrey of Monmouth and Thomas Malory's tales of King Arthur, and is told in narrative verse. Set in the last days of Arthur's reign, the poem sees Tolkien tackling the old king's battle to save his country from Mordred the usurper, opening as Arthur and Gawain go to war.
Real Clear Politics - Moderator Jim Lehrer On Debate: "Everyone Knows What They Saw" | Here is Jim Lehrer's response to the first Presidential debate of 2012 and the criticisms he received. I personally thought he did a good job.
This strikes of desperation . . . and plain sillyness.
So we've been using ketchup the wrong way. Here is the correct way . . . finally!