We have had some significant weather issues in the home office of Nashville TN of late that have kept us from keeping up on the top posts of late. Here’s what everyone has been checking out the last few days.
- 8 Things to Pray for Related to Isis, War, and Terrorism: Seedbed put together this quick list of aspects of the complexities of our current world and the grip that terrorism has on it. If you are like me, then you might also want to digest Zach Hunt’s “Why ISIS Causes Me to Struggle With the Gospel” (not an actual Methodist blogger, but a good read). Between the two postings it should give you something to help approach difficult conversations about confronting terrorism and our faith.
- Remembering How to Read the Bible: Drew McIntyre speaks my language here bringing in the Rule of Saint Benedict in encouraging (or calling out, you decide) us all to read the bible well. A good point; “The world has seen enough of proud, isolated, and eccentric readings of the Bible. What is needed today, for the renewal of the Church and her witness, is followers of Jesus who are able to read the holy writ well. A humble and hospitable approach to the sacra pagina holds great promise, for personal study and discipleship but especially for community worship, witness, and discernment.”
- Don’t Flick Ashes Of Her Nose: Robert shares a funny preacher experience while rubbing out ashes during an Ash Wednesday services. If you want a bit of a giggle he gives us church nerds a good giggle, and a word of warning.
- The Seduction of Young Men and Destruction of Compassion by the Neo-Calvinist Church Planting Movement: Disclaimer, I am not sure what we have when stringing together all these words. Here’s what I got though reading through Christy’s thoughts. Is there a theology that is in place that makes church planting a uniquely young virile male enterprise? Interesting thought that a certain view of theology shapes into a strict male church planting equation. Question then becomes, and Christy has a few ideas here, is there a theology that is happening in the UMC that could lead down this pathway?
- 2015 Photo A Day Lent: The folks at ReThink Church are pretty good about running this social media venture. Spread this posting around your church social channels and participate yourself (there is still time today to get in on the fun).
More fun to come, hopefully the weather (and the electrical power) will continue to stay the course so that we can keep tabs on what everyone is saying and chip in here and there.