Stanley E. Porter is blogging. This is huge news. If you are into theology and appreciate discussions about Greek, this needs to be added this to your Google Reader. He writes,
“In this blog, I will often be discussing—in no particular order and at no particular time—three areas of great concern to me. These are McMaster Divinity College, where I have the privilege of being President; theological education, which I take to include higher education in general and seminary education in particular; and New Testament and related studies, the reason I got into the situation I am in to start with.”
Blue Like Jazz: The Movie. For those who oppose all things related to Donald Miller, this was a good quote from the review:
“In the book and in his subsequent works, Miller has never claimed to be a theologian. He doesn’t labor at making precise theological statements; he labors at telling compelling stories, at being truthful about life. He’s a storyteller whose gift takes us into the uncomfortable world of Christians living in exile. I don’t get the sense that his stories are prescriptive; they describe his life and experience, and the success of the book demonstrates that something about his life resonates with readers.”
“Make Disciples”: Evangelism or Discipleship? These are good thoughts related to how evangelism and discipleship are often misunderstood and how they should properly be integrated in the life of Jesus followers.
“Entire organizations and churches are subtly divided by these two approaches to discipleship. Some organizations focus on maturing Christians, while others focus on making Christians.The former is about discipleship and the latter about evangelism.The evangelist proclaims the gospel to make converts, and the disciple maker teaches converts how to grow into disciples, hence the clarifying phrase, “evangelism and discipleship.””
Is it God-Centered to Praise People? Those who are thinking about affirming others will want to check this out. Sam Crabtree explains why building others up isn’t idolatry, necessarily! He writes,
“What keeps God’s praise of man from becoming man-centered idolatry? Answer: man’s immediate recognition that everything commendable in himself is owing to God, coupled with a humble, grateful, joyful desire to deflect that praise right back to God. When Paul boasts of his own work, saying, “I worked harder than any of them,” he immediately follows it up with “though it was not I, but the grace of God that is with me” (1 Corinthians 15:10).”
Hope you enjoy these links and they foster thinking in your life…
Luke is a pastor-theologian living in northern California, serving as a co-lead pastor with his life, Dawn, at the Red Bluff Vineyard. Father of five amazing kids, when Luke isn’t hanging with his family, reading or writing theology, he moonlights as a fly fishing guide for Confluence Outfitters. He blogs regularly at LukeGeraty.com and regularly contributes to his YouTube channel.