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Shawn Anthony of lofitribe sends us a review of The Forgotten Ways by Alan Hirsch.
Christians Confronting Culture
The Journey sends us Exiles: Living Missioinally in a Post-Christian Culture. We live in a time when more followers of Jesus are living outside the church than ever before. People who are still very keen to follow Christ are giving up on going to church. What does that say about the people that are 'dropping out' and what does it say about the church?
Beyond the Rim... shares Lent 07: Day 23 - The Comforting Cowardice of Atheism, thoughts on the phrase "the comforting cowardice of atheism", taken from a John Mark Reynolds article. The focus is on the difference between atheism's avoidance of consequences and God's total embrace of them through the agape of his nature.
The Journey contributes Freemasonry Freemasonry has been a subject that has divided people for many years. Some church leaders have entered fully into Freemasonry while others have denounced it as evil. So what do Freemasons believe? Where did it all begin? Should we embrace Freemasonry or are there legitimate warnings we should heed?
Thoughts of a Gyrovague send us Man in all his extreme lunacy and passionate grace. A posting encouraging us as citizens to ask ourselves the question "but at what cost" when doing anything from crafting social policy, to the every day workings ouf our everyday living.
Doctrine and Bible Study
Martin LaBar of Sun and Shield contributes What I Believe about Origins, which he says "is an attempt, for what it's worth, to set forth what I believe is true about how the universe, the earth, and living things came to be as they are."
Thinking Christian shares The Beauty of Explanation: The Human Condition. As in science, so in other fields, a simple, well-fitting solution often points toward reality. Thus it is with the Biblical explanation of the human condition.
Living the Life
Is Work Worship? On Glorifying God Through Studies and Other Efforts. Read the discussion at The Blog Of Dysfunction.
Shops being burned, believers being spat on, hit, beaten and arrested. We all could probably name countries where this is happening. There is one country where this is happening that I'm not sure most people are aware of. This post highlights that country and the trouble believers are having there. Veracity-The Way shares the story in Persecution.
What are the differences in the central fears that drive some
different major theological branches of Christianity? I take that up at Brain Cramps for God in
Do We Fear?"
Brian Russell from Real Meal Ministries has posted an essay, “Missional Leader as Sculptor of Ethos”, that sketches out a vision for Christian leadership for the 21st century in the Western world.