Thursday, June 5, 2014

All Around the Web - June 5, 2014

Tullian Tchividjian - Reflections on My “Break Up” with The Gospel Coalition
Dear Friends,

It’s been a much quieter week for me. Last week was loud and exhausting. And (other than Miami Heat games, Dallas Cowboy games, Ultra Music Festival, and the music in my car) I’m not a fan of either loud or exhausting. Not many are. So, I’m grateful that God has granted me a quieter week.
Still, the very public “break-up” between The Gospel Coalition and me weighs heavy on my heart. And I want to say just a few things about it now that I’ve had some time to reflect.

First, I want to say that I’m sorry. I’m sorry for saying things in my own defense. One of the things that the gospel frees you to do is to never have to bear the burden of defending yourself. Defending the gospel is one thing. But when a defense of the gospel becomes a defense of yourself, you’ve slipped back under “a yoke of slavery.” I slipped last week. I’m an emotional guy. And in my highly charged emotional state, I said some things in haste, both publicly and privately, that I regret. I never want anything I say to be a distraction from the mind-blowing good news of the gospel and last week I did. I got in the way. When you feel the need to respond to criticism, it reveals how much you’ve built your identity on being right. I’m an idolater and that came out last week. Because Jesus won for you, you’re free to lose…and last week I fought to win. I’m sorry you had to see that. Lord have mercy…

Baptist21 - SBC Presidential Candidate Interview: Ronnie Floyd
1. Will you give us a brief introduction to who you are and what your passion in ministry is? 

I am a follower of Jesus Christ, a husband to Jeana for 37 years, a father of two godly sons, a grandfather of six, a pastor for 37 years pastoring the same church 27 of those years, and a very passionate leader who wants to spend the rest of his life influencing and investing in others to win the world to Jesus Christ. Being raised in a small Texas church pastored by bi-vocational pastors, God saved me, called me, and sent me out to advance His gospel globally. I love the Lord, His gospel, His church, and the work of our Southern Baptist Convention, being most passionate to see the church revived, the nation awakened, and the Great Commission escalated to its rightful priority and accelerated to its completion in our generation.

2. Serving as the President of the Southern Baptist Convention is a massive time commitment. Why are you willing to commit to such a task?

Whenever I believe in something, I am all in. I believe in our Great Commission work and our future together as Southern Baptists. This is why I am more than willing to humbly serve as President of the Southern Baptist Convention if called upon to do so. I am very passionate about all of our work together and believe God has prepared me to lead for such a time as this. The process God has taken me through to prepare me to lead in these days is one of the main reasons I am more than willing to give the time commitment it will take to fulfill this calling. I also believe God has prepared my church for this gospel opportunity, especially with a very capable staff well equipped to help continue to advance our mission while I lead Southern Baptists. Our people love Christ, His gospel, and the Great Commission. They will uphold me through prayer and encouragement during this possible spiritual journey.

Tim Challies - The Bestsellers: The Shack
William Paul Young was born on May 11, 1955, in Grande Prairie, Alberta (Canada). However, he spent most of his younger years in Netherlands New Guinea where his parents served as missionaries among the Dani, a stone-age people group. He later said, “These became my family and as the first white child and outsider who ever spoke their language, I was granted unusual access into their culture and community. Although at times a fierce warring people, steeped in the worship of spirits and even occasionally practicing ritualistic cannibalism, they also provided a deep sense of identity that remains an indelible element of my character and person.” When he was six he was sent to boarding school, but soon thereafter his family left the mission field and his father returned to Canada where he pastored a series of small churches. Later Young would tell how he suffered abuse both at the hands of tribespeople and at the hands of those at the boarding school—abuse that shaped and scarred him.

Young attended Warner Pacific College in Portland, Oregon where he earned a degree in religion. Shortly after his graduation he married his wife, Kim, and began seminary training while also working at a church. In the years that followed he held a variety of jobs, ranging from sales to janitorial.

When he was thirty-eight Young engaged in an extramarital affair. His marriage survived, but he was forced to think hard about who God is and what he expects of his people. He says that by 2004 he had come to a place of “peace with myself and peace with my sense of who I believe God to be.” But even then he was in a difficult financial situation after a series of bad monetary decisions. In 2005 he was working three jobs and had lost his home.

Kevin DeYoung - Bio, Books, and Such: Thabiti Anyabwile
During the summer I’ll be posting micro interviews on Fridays (mostly). I’ve asked some of my friends in ministry–friends you probably already know–to answer questions about “bio, books, and such.” My hope is that you’ll enjoy getting a few more facts about these folks and getting a few good book recommendations.

Today’s interview is with Thabiti Anyabwile, the Senior Pastor of First Baptist Church (Grand Cayman) and soon to be a church planter in the Washington, D.C. area.

1. Where were you born? Lexington, N.C.

2. When did you become a Christian? When I was 25 years old. Fourth of July weekend, 1995.

3. Who is one well known pastor/author/leader who has shaped you as a Christian and teacher? Mark Dever.

4. Who is one lesser known pastor/friend/mentor who has shaped you? Peter Rochelle.

5. What’s one hymn you want sung at your funeral? You rushing me off already? But since you’re planning my funeral, how about “Abide with Me”.

6. What kind of nonfiction do you enjoy reading when you aren’t reading about theology, the Bible, or church history? Uhhh… what’s left? I do enjoy good biography. I also enjoy good applied social science.

Think Theology - Twenty-Five Bloggers in One Sentence Each
Many people don't have the time to read more than one or two bloggers on a regular basis. But, it turns out, you don't really need to. Most of us say the same thing over and over again, with the incidentals tweaked according to the latest kerfuffle, as per the maxim, “if people don’t know what your passion is, you don’t have one.” So here, for the time-constrained among you, is a summary of what the major blogs I read (excluding the academic theology ones, which vary a bit more) say in virtually every post. You'll notice that the final entry is blank - hence the provision of a comments section ... 
Carl Trueman: “No one after tasting Old Calvinism desires New, for he says, ‘the Old is better.’”

Scot McKnight: “Hey, here’s an interesting leftish quotation that I’m not going to comment on that much, but just park here ambiguously.”

Justin Taylor: “I am not ashamed of the Gospel Coalition.”

Tullian Tchividjian: “Lucky for you, all those bits of the Bible that tell you what to do are actually about the fact that you can’t do anything.”

Krish Kandiah: “Stop faffing around, and adopt a child, right now.”

Trevin Wax: “When I was a child, I used to argue on the Internet like a child; now that I’m mature, I have put childish ways behind me.”

Weekly Standard - 1 in 6 American Men Between Ages 25-54 Are Not Working
"There are currently 61.1 million American men in their prime working years, age 25–54. A staggering 1 in 8 such men are not in the labor force at all, meaning they are neither working nor looking for work. This is an all-time high dating back to when records were first kept in 1955. An additional 2.9 million men are in the labor force but not employed (i.e., they would work if they could find a job). A total of 10.2 million individuals in this cohort, therefore, are not holding jobs in the U.S. economy today. There are also nearly 3 million more men in this age group not working today than there were before the recession began," the Republicans on the Senate Budget Committee claim.

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