Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Thus & Such, Vol. 12

1. "Despite biblical precedent, few Christians understand or practice Sabbath as a regular part of life, and consequently, neither do their children.  Christian parents bear the responsibility of teaching our children the value of rest, through our words and through our actions"  One of the trends we see in the church nowadays is that people are becoming increasingly busy in life.  Maybe not the smartest thing for families to do, according to this article, when it comes to physical and spiritual health.

2. What has Rob Bell been up to?  Part of me says, "Who cares?"  Although I suppose it's important to know where he is at all times.  It won't be long until he cooks up another batch of heresy for the church to devour.  Read about his life post "Love Wins" here.

3. " spite of our long history and tradition of tolerance, I am finding myself increasingly intolerant - specifically, of the theology and practice of many evangelical Christians."  This piece was referenced on Wretched Radio recently.  I've posted before about the irony of tolerance, and how the fact that people who embrace tolerance as the main tenet of their worldview yet fail to see this irony is mind-numbingly ignorant.  Well, maybe this is some good news?  Although it's certainly got plenty of bad news to go with it.  People are beginning to see the hypocrisy of tolerance.  That's good news.  The bad news is, they don't care.  Read the article, and prepare to have your head explode.

4. "Total depravity is a reality, both taught in Holy Scripture and experienced in life, with important implications not only for pagans but also for Christians.  Very often we think of this biblical doctrine in connection with those who are unregenerate, or with regard to Christians before their conversion, but we reflect less frequently on the depravity which still infects those who have been saved by grace and reborn of the Spirit."  Do Christians still sin?  To what degree?  Am I still just as bad of a sinner as I was before I was saved?  Good questions.  This article has some good answers.  

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