Thursday, December 26, 2013

All Around the Web - December 26, 2013

The Gospel Coalition - My Top 10 Theology Stories of 2013
10. Does it matter who says it if it's good?
9. Black and white, we're closer than ever—and just as far apart as always.
8. Purity and modesty provoke backlash in a sex-saturated culture.
7. Should American foreign policy privilege Christians?
6. 'Gay' Christians speak out.
5. Popular TV finds faith.
4. Culture warriors shift from offense to defense.
3. Wrath of God does not satisfy Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).
2. Strange Fire book, conference force evangelicals to pick sides.
1. Pope Francis makes fast friends.

Joe Carter - When Nothing Created Everything
In the beginning was Nothing, and Nothing created Everything. When Nothing decided to create Everything, she filled a tiny dot with Time, Chance, and Everything and had it expand. The expansion spread Everything into Everywhere carrying Time and Chance to keep it company. The three stretched out together leaving bits of themselves wherever they went. One of those places was the planet Earth.

For no particular Reason—for Reason is rarely particular—Time and Chance took a liking to this little, wet, blue rock and decided to stick around to see what adventures they might have. While the pair found the Earth to be intriguing and pretty, they also found it a bit too quiet, too static. They fixed upon an idea to change Everything (just a little) by creating a special Something. Time and Chance roamed the planet, splashing through the oceans and sloshing through the mud, in search of materials. But though they looked Everywhere, there was a missing ingredient they needed in order to make a Something that could create more of the same Somethings.

They called to their friend Everything to help. Since Everything had been Everywhere she would no doubt be able to find the missing ingredient. And indeed she did. Hidden away in a small alcove called Somewhere, Everything found what Time and Chance had needed all along: Information. Everything put Information on a piece of ice and rock that happened to be passing by the former planet Pluto and sent it back to her friends on Earth.

Justin Taylor - An Interview with Stephen Meyer on “Darwin’s Doubt”

WORLD Magazine - ‘Mistakes were made’
When accusations of plagiarism regarding Seattle megachurch pastor Mark Driscoll surfaced in November, he and his church initially chose to ignore them. But in the face of mounting evidence and calls for accountability, the Mars Hill Church pastor and his publisher, Tyndale House, issued a joint statement yesterday acknowledging that “mistakes were made” and asserting that corrective actions had been taken. 

The uproar began when Driscoll appeared on the nationally syndicated Janet Mefferd Show on Nov. 21 to promote his new book, A Call to Resurgence. On air, Mefferd accused Driscoll of plagiarism, claiming he had not properly cited ideas that originally came from Peter Jones, director of truthXchange and adjunct professor at Westminster Seminary California. Since then, other examples of alleged plagiarism involving Driscoll have surfaced. Several websites feature screenshots of pages from Driscoll’s books posted side-by-side with passages from other books he allegedly quoted without proper citation. 

In the statement issued by Tyndale and Driscoll, the publisher says “it has spent much of the past three weeks looking carefully into these claims” and has concluded that “Mark Driscoll did indeed adequately cite the work of Peter Jones.” Further, “Tyndale rejects the claims that Mark Driscoll tried to take Peter Jones’s ideas and claim them as his own.”

Eric Crawford - A personal perspective on 'The Year of the Cardinal' | Indulge me if you will.
The University of Louisville commissioned its own commemoration of what it has dubbed, "The Year of the Cardinal." It aired Thursday night on ESPNU, and it was fine, as far as those things go. It hit all the highlights, had all the camera angles and interviews.

It succeeded more in some parts than others -- and in no part more than in the insightful retelling of the Cardinal women's basketball team's NCAA Tournament upset of Baylor through the words of Jeff Walz and his players.

But it took a wide-angle view of the year, as TV often does, and must, because of time constraints.

My view of "The Year of the Cardinal" came from the ground, in dozens of places and times, through bits remembered from players and coaches, and from just watching. The following is more personal remembrance than official record. Some of it the cameras caught, much of it they didn't. But with the year winding down and U of L's show having aired, it seems like this is a fitting place to look back.

Bill O'Reilly, yet again, reminds us why pundits like himself should stick to punditry. His quotation of Luke 6 is ridiculous. After all, he is judging Phil Robertson of being judgmental isn't he.

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