Monthly Archives: August 2008

Jazz Hands!

Just kidding, Mark, you know I love you!Purely in a hairy-chested, beer-swiggin’, chaw-munchin’ dude sort of way.

(Yes, “real” posting will resume next week. Been busy busy busy . . .)

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Lunch Links

Man, it’s been crazy in real life the last couple of weeks. I’ve been blog-slackin’, and for that I apologize.

We are gearing up for Element’s return to the weekly worship gathering (Sep. 7), and that has involved a lot of things related to our moving to a new worship space. We were actually homeless and brickin’ about it until last week when our great friend Ray Ortlund at Immanuel Church and the incredible, awesome, gracious folks at Otter Creek Church of Christ (who own the building Immanuel leases) came through for us in a great show of hospitality and partnership. Element will now be meeting on the campus of Immanuel Church.The great thing about this is that we are much closer to the heart of Nashville, mere minutes from the college campuses and the epicenter of Nashville young adult hubbub.

Today’s been super busy for me, but here I am eating my lunch, trying to please you, the best blog readers in the world (even if you are a pretty quiet bunch), with some internet noise. Since my brain is pretty spent, here are some links I’ve enjoyed lately and marked for sharing . . .

Timmy Brister has expanded his thoughts on word-drivenness, thoughts that originated in a comments thread at Ed Stetzer’s blog and which I highlighted here. Now Timmy offers a full-on post: Word-Driven Movemental Christianity that is awesome. Do check it out.

Randy Smith’s Old People Have Cooties is a must-read. This is stuff …

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Dude, Where’s My Gospel?

My latest piece at SearchWarp:

The Gospel Imperative

Lists four basic reasons for greater gospel-centeredness in the Church’s teaching.

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The Atonement: Infinitely Wonderful

Stealing this from my friend Ray:

“The chief impression that a study of the atonement leaves with us is that of the many-sidedness of Christ’s work for men. When he died for us on the cross, he did something so infinitely wonderful that it is impossible to comprehend it in its fulness. However man’s need be understood, that need is fully and abundantly met in Christ. The New Testament writers are like men who ransack their vocabulary to find words which will bring out some small fraction of the mighty thing that God has done for us. And yet, though it is so complex and so difficult, it may be put very simply: ‘the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me’ (Gal. 2:20).”

Leon Morris, The Cross in the New Testament

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Missional and Attractional Structures

My newest SearchWarp piece is up:

Missional and Attractional, Part 5

Taking a look at the way these models view and treat the church “machine.”

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The Myth of American Evangelical Stinginess

Do we have a long way to go? Yes.Are we self-centered, self-interested, and self-involved? Yes.But the image of the stingy American church is essentially a false one. (It particularly irks me when the criticism of outside celebrities and even younger inside church leaders make it sound like they invented missions and charity ten years ago.)

Douglas Wilson has a revealing and penetrating perspective:

Americans are about six percent of the world’s population and we account for about forty-five percent of the world’s philanthropy. Among Americans, believers are far more generous than secularists. Among believers, Protestants are more liberal in their giving than Catholics. Among Protestants, evangelicals are more generous than mainliners. But if you were ask a secular arbiter of all that is philanthropic for his opinion on how we were doing, he would invert the whole thing. That much said, when the standard is God’s generosity to us, most of us are not nearly as generous to others as we ought to be. We should pray for grace to overflow more liberally still. But we may be pardoned if the evangelical artesian well, producing 20 gallons a minute, while wishing it could be 40, doesn’t want to hear lectures on charity from the dry hole of secular leftism.


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Been There, Done That

Recently at the BHT, Randy wrote this:

I’m sitting in church listening to a sermon about vision. Turns out that our vision coincides with the western consumerist church vision. Our pastor is reading Andy Stanley’s book to us. I can’t leave. I’m running the sound board.

I can feel the fatigue and the desperation.

I have friends who’ve been there. Who turn to each other backstage or in the sound booth or in the pew and whisper, “I don’t know how much more I can do this.”

Sometimes, even with vision, the people perish.

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The End of an Era

It ends today. And begins.

Grace starts kindergarten today and thus ends my 7 year run as a stay-at-home dad. Okay, technically, I’m still a stay-at-home dad. I’m still a dad, and I still work from home. There’s still after school hours and summers and what-not. But . . . yeah.

Gonna miss not having a chickadee at home with me. Grace has been my closest buddy for 2 years, and I’ve really enjoyed having so much daddy time with her since Macy started school, in the same way I enjoyed having Macy for 2 years before Grace was born. Not that I didn’t enjoy having both of them together, but you know what I mean (I hope). Daddy-daughter time is special, important.

It’s gonna be emotional this morning, for me and for Becky.

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The Joy Set Before Us

The ransomed of the LORD will return. They will enter Zion with singing; everlasting joy will crown their heads. Gladness and joy will overtake them, and sorrow and sighing will flee away.– Isaiah 51:11

I don’t know about you, but this promise from our relentlessly faithful God helps my life immensely.

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Defenders and Admirers of Todd Bentley: You Got the Hero You Deserved

Even while lots of folks were saying he was weird and unbiblical and whatever else, I was saying specifically and unequivocally that Todd Bentley is a Liar.I’m not trying to say I told you so. I’m saying: I told you so.

What I was trying to communicate is that not only is kicking an old woman in the face to heal her wrong and stupid and unbiblical, it didn’t happen. He’s a liar and his whole charade was lies upon lies upon more lies.

The latest:

“Here is some info, but according to what we have heard from several sources, this is much more than just an emotional relationship. According to staff And former staff members, they claim that Todd is a pathological liar. The board privately has said that Todd has been lying to them all along. We are praying for those around Todd to demand for him to get the help he needs before thrusting him back into ministry like they did 2.5 years ago when he had an affair with a different staff member. We are praying for Todd, his family, along with others that have been impacted through this”.

This is not about piling on Bentley. This is about rebuking his staff, his friends, his fans, and his defenders. You got the hero you deserved. You traded the truth for a lie, you cashed in the all-surpassing worth of Jesus for an unrepentant lying adulterer and his lame magic show, and you didn’t flinch when the evangelical …

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