Thursday, September 25, 2014

All Around the Web - September 25, 2014

Ed Stetzer - Loving the Lost: Churches Without the Broken are Broken Churches
It is a natural thing for Christians to want to be around other Christians. Something special happens in the fellowship of believers.

We can worship freely, study deeply, and communicate clearly. Hanging out with like-minded people who (appear to) “have their stuff together” can be a wonderful thing.

But how well are we engaging those who aren’t as spiritually stable as we (think we) are?
I’ve been fascinated by the fact that a lot of Christians don’t seem to like non-Christians—otherwise known as “the lost,” “the unchurched,” or whatever other term you may want to use. They want to keep away from the messy people-- perhaps missing the obvious that we are messy as well.

9Marks - College Students and Church Membership
Should college students join a local church by campus if they have a church membership “back home”?

This question is often asked of me in reference to Christian students who are coming to college and have a church membership “back home.” Here are some things to consider that may help to answer the question

Jason Allen - To Your Tents O Israel: A 30-Year Retrospective on Roy Honeycutt’s Holy War Sermon
Academic convocations are meant to feel consequential. Marked pageantry, like academic regalia and faculty processionals, typify these services in which the institution’s president often delivers words of vision and challenge. The formalities of convocation and the stateliness of Southern Seminary’s Alumni Chapel proved a grand stage for Roy Honeycutt to deliver one of the most memorable—and controversial—sermons in the history of the SBC.

On August 28, 1984 Southern Seminary president Roy Honeycutt preached “To Your Tents O Israel,” a sermon that landed in the SBC like a bombshell, sending shockwaves throughout the entire denomination. Dubbed the “Holy War Sermon,” Honeycutt called the seminary community—and the broader, moderate SBC faction—to arms against Southern Baptist “fundamentalists.”

Honeycutt’s sermon came two months after the epic 1984 SBC meeting in Kansas City, Missouri, where over 17,000 SBC messengers gathered, with 52% voting to elect conservative Charles Stanley as SBC president. Stanley’s election—and other acts of conservative muscle-flexing at the SBC meeting, including a resolution on women in ministry and an attempt to defund the Baptist Joint Committee—elicited more aggressive involvement from SBC agency heads and prompted Honeycutt’s Holy War sermon.

The Wardrobe Door - Books Still Matter – Ask a Chart-Topping Rapper
“Print is dead” has been said so many times, it has almost become an accepted cultural truth. But yet, here you are reading this right now.

Sure, “print” has changed and will continue to change, but it will always be a force for cultural transformation. Just ask the rapper with the album sitting on top of the Billboard 200.

With Anomaly, Lecrae became the fifth artist to have a Christian album reach No. 1 on the overall charts and to thank his fans, he released “Non-Fiction,” a new song that can be downloaded for free.
In the autobiographical song that traces his journey in the rap industry, he references the reasons why he changed the way he views his craft.

Rasmussen - Voters See ‘War on Women’ As Politics, Not Reality
Most voters don’t consider the so-called “war on women” a war at all but see it as just a political tactic. But women are less convinced than men that they share the same political interests.
A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that just 22% of Likely U.S. Voters believe there is really a political “war on women” going on. Fifty-nine percent (59%) say the “war on women” is primarily a slogan used for political purposes instead. But 19% are not sure. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

Debunking moon landing conspiracies. Yes this is still needed.

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