Review of The Bible Tells Me So
In the end, The Bible Tells Me So is a book about contradictions. Enns intended it to be a book about contradictions in the Bible. But it becomes quickly apparent that the contradictions are really in Enns’s own worldview. He claims the Canaanite conquest is immoral, yet argues the Bible provides no clear guide for morality. He claims the Bible presents a diabolical genocidal God, yet insists we still “meet God in its pages”. He argues Scripture is filled with reworked stories, many of which are made up entirely, yet seems to know which ones really happened and which did not. He claims the Bible provides no clear moral instruction, yet says people are “disobedient” to God and in need of the cross. He claims he’s the one reading the Bible in an ancient manner when, in fact, people in the ancient world didn’t read it the way he does.
5 Reasons Why There Are No Millennials in Your Church
- There are no Millennials in your leadership.
- You reject the idea of contextualization as you wear 1980s clothes and sing 1880s songs.
- “Sunday School” literally feels like school on Sundays.
- Your political preferences are clearer than your gospel proclamations.
- Your idea of a “social media presence” is finally getting that Myspace page finished.
10 Values Of Millennials Shaping The Church
- Millennials give to causes not institutions
- They are relentless optimists
- Millennials will be the most educated generation in history
- They believe strongly in racial and socio-economic reconciliation
- Millennials believe in quality over convenience
- Millennials value Jesus over denominational ties
- Millennials see technology and social media as essential components of church evangelism and discipleship
- Millennials do not value titles and labels
- Millennials are the largest generation in the history of the world
- Millennials are counter-cultural, not anti-cultural
Top Ten Ways Churches Drive Away First-time Guests
- Having a stand up and greet one another time in the worship service
- Unfriendly church members
- Unsafe and unclean children’s area
- No place to get information
- Bad church website
- Poor signage
- Insider church language
- Boring or bad service
- Members telling guests that they were in their seat or pew
- Dirty facilities
You Can’t Understand the Bible by Yourself
Now, none of this should be disturbing, because God works through community. God worked through Luther and the Reformers to rightly correct, or at least realign, the church’s view of salvation by opening his eyes to Paul’s words in Romans and Galatians. To say we need the community to rightly understands the Bible only means that God works through community. He raises up gifted teachers who have the ability to study, synthesize, and articulate God’s truth better than others.
4 Ways Im/migration Impacts the Mission of the Church
- First, Immigration Puts Faces on Lost People of Different Races and Contexts
- Second, Immigration Impacts Evangelistic Willingness
- Third, Migration Impacts Religious Participation
- Fourth and Finally, Migration Opens Opportunities for the Gospel
In a Major Victory, District Court Rules That Secular Humanism, for Establishment Clause Purposes, is a Religion
Last Thursday, Federal District Judge Ancer Haggerty ruled on American Humanist Association v. United States. The case was brought by prisoner Jason Michael Holden, in conjunction with the American Humanist Association, because, as ThinkProgress reports, Holden “wanted Humanism… recognized as a religion so that his prison would allow for the creation of a Humanist study group.”
How to Debug Your Brain and Build Better Habits
Well, yes. But that part is event driven too, which is to say it’s not on all the time. It turns out our brains were optimized for energy efficiency, and they only turn on their CPU (Consciousness Processing Unit) when absolutely necessary. If you’ve ever realized you’ve been driving for an hour and hadn’t even noticed, that was your consciousness going into Standby Mode.
It’s your consciousness that tells you to exercise, even if you don’t want to, because it can see the long term benefits are greater than the short term pain. And when it’s in control, you do so. But consciousness demands a lot of power. When your mental battery is low, it’s easily overpowered out by higher priorities, like playing Hearthstone or checking Twitter.
Tom Magliozzi, Popular Co-Host Of NPR’s ‘Car Talk,’ Dies At 77
Tom Magliozzi, one of public radio’s most popular personalities, died on Monday of complications from Alzheimer’s disease. He was 77 years old.
Tom and his brother, Ray, became famous as “Click and Clack the Tappet Brothers” on the weekly NPR show Car Talk. They bantered, told jokes, laughed and sometimes even gave pretty good advice to listeners who called in with their car troubles.