John Stott’s classic book “Why Charismatics Are Wrong” has now been published in a number of different volumes and under many different titles. This reprint, under the title “Calling Christian Leaders,” goes on to describe why Charismatics are wrong about leadership, authority and, as usual, the nature of the Holy Spirit. Read more about Probably can't submit this as an academic book review
Little checklist for your church, taken from Toxic Faith:
- The leader must be in control of every aspect at all times.
- When problems arise, find a guilty party to blame immediately.
- Don’t make mistakes.
- Never point out the reality of the situation.
- Never express your feelings unless they are positive.
- Don’t ask questions, especially if they are tough ones.
- Don’t do anything outside of your role.
- Don’t trust anyone.
It seems like every year or so, I have one thought which I tend to explore in all my down-time: usually when I’m trying to get to sleep, things niggle away at me and I keep trying to make sense of them. A few years ago, it was pi; (actually I had been thinking about it for a year or so before I gave up and asked Mark) and this year it seems to be information-theoretical analysis of bookmakers’ odds, which I’ll write about in a future blog post, once I’ve thought about it a bit more.
But for 2009, my down-time thought was dying. Not death, so much, although that did come into it a bit, but the process of dying. Read more about Fade to black
So a priest says to his congregation that, in Christian ethics, it’s preferable to steal than to starve, and there’s outrage from Christian commentators. I too am outraged: did this commentators sleep through their Church history courses? Because you know what, that priest is correct and this is a pretty settled case in Christian ethics. Read more about Shoplifting priests
This blog isn’t dead. I’ve been busy the past week or so doing some fairly all-consuming programming, I’ll be busy the next week or so with Christmas, and I have a long post I’m working on. But here’s a short rant about Cafe Church.
I was talking with someone yesterday who had been involved in setting up a cafe church - a funky, postmodern church that, as the name implies, meets in a cafe. I would have thought that setting up a church like that is easy: Read more about Cafe Church
I’ve thought on a few occasions that there’s a big crossover between what I used to do in Open Source and what I now do in Church work. As a really good example, I’m currently taking a course in “building transformational communities”; meanwhile, Skud is writing a series of blog posts on the craft of community and putting together a community management wiki. Read more about Advocacy and Evangelism
I’m running a backlog on blog posts at the moment, but while it’s fresh, I should blog about the guest lecture we had on Monday from Professor Stephen Bevans, talking about his new book An Introduction to Theology in Global Perspective. Read more about Stephen Bevans on contextualized theologies
I’ve often thought that “Christian music” is by definition bad, in that, last I checked “Christian” wasn’t a genre, and if the music was any good, it would be able to compete with the big boys and wouldn’t need to restrict itself to a particularly easily-pleased subculture.
Moving away from music and thinking about competence in general, Hazel, in a recent comment, went further and suggested that the common attitude was
…it doesn’t matter about the poor quality as long as we’re Christian.
I think I’m now prepared to go one further and say that
The concept of “grace” does not mean that you can do your job badly and I have to forgive you.
Or… does it? Read more about Is grace the enemy of excellence?