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A Pledge of Convictional Civility

Millard Erickson:

    I will not point out the presuppositions of another’s position without acknowledging that I have presuppositions myself.
    I will not contend that another’s view is historically conditioned without conceding that mine is also.
    I will be more concerned not to misunderstand or misrepresent others’ views than to claim that mine has been misunderstood or misrepresented.
    I will be more concerned that my language by fair and objective than I am that others’ language about me may not be.
    I will not caricature my opponent’s view to make my own appear more moderate.
    I will not employ ad hominem arguments.
    I will abstain from the use of pejorative language.
    I will not impute motives or emotions to others.
    I will think of intellectual arguments in terms of differences over ideas, not as personal disputes.

– from Convictional Civility: Engaging the Culture in the 21st Century

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Bonhoeffer on Embracing Your Times

“I have no wish to live in any other time than our own, even though it is so inconsiderate of our outward well-being.”

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Our Relation to the Church: We Are Servants

Someone who tries to lord authority over God’s people is a usurper.

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Gathering in Gratitude for Our Substitute Sacrifice

We don’t gather on Sunday mornings in order to gain God’s favor. We do so because Christ has saved us.

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The Disciples’ First Assignment: Do Nothing

We are conduits, not “co-Messiahs.” Ironically, we will do more when we realize that the weight of the matter rests on him, not us.

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Evangelicalism as a “Suicide Death Cult”

Greg Thornbury explains how evangelicalism’s penchant for constant self-editorializing is one of the movement’s greatest strengths, and weaknesses.

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The Redemptive Power of Forgiveness in Communist China

An amazing story of grace and redemption from Communist China:

One night, as Mrs. Allen was saying her nightly prayers, she suddenly noticed a man’s foot sticking out from under her bed—one of her former students had snuck into their house to steal food. Before he had time to run away, Mrs. Allen walked in. He hid under her bed, hoping to escape after she fell asleep. Mrs. Allen jumped up and screamed with fear. Scared by the noise, the thief crawled in farther.

Reverend Allen rushed in from the living room. He bent down, trying to persuade the thief to come out by saying, “You don’t have to worry. We are not reporting you to the police. I know your family is poor. Just come out and take whatever you want. I don’t care.”

The thief started crying and promised to crawl out if Reverend Allen would step away from the bed. Meanwhile, Mrs. Allen said, “My dear, I will pray for you. I will ask the Lord to forgive your sins.”

The thief answered, “No thanks, I don’t need you to pray for me. I’m not a Christian.”

After he finally got out, the thief saw something shining in Reverend Allen’s hand. Thinking it was a weapon, the thief pulled out his knife and stabbed at Reverend Allen’s thigh. It turned out Reverend Allen was holding a glass of water for the thief.

The stabbing shocked Mrs. Allen, who ran out and screamed, “Help, Help.” The neighbors heard commotion and helped catch the thief.

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God Has Done Something

The gospel is supremely a declaration of what God has done in Christ for human beings like ourselves.

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Why Bloggers Should Resist Easy Metrics

We need to resist the cheap, quick feedback of a click-bait culture.

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The Height of Love is Unspeakable

Beautiful passage from an ancient letter of Clement

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