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Entries for March, 2011

Heaven, Hell & The Theology of Rob Bell

Not having read Rob Bell’s book yet (it’s on the way), I can only respond to what I have seen and heard: his own statements in interviews and the quotes from pre-publication copies carefully and thoughtfully reviewed by Tim Challies and Kevin DeYoung. [UPDATE: Mike has received his copy of Love Wins and has written […]

WHI-1040 | Word & Spirit

In the Great Commission, Jesus told his followers to “go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.” But what did this commission look like on the ground? What kinds of things did the apostles actually do in order make disciples of all nations? That’s what’s on tap this week on White Horse Inn as the hosts begin a new mini-series through the Book of Acts.

Incarnational Ministry

J. Todd Billings, who wrote an appreciative critique of the idea of incarnational ministry for our March/April 2009 issue, has recently given a lecture on the same at Fuller Seminary and Westmont College. For more, see this article and podcast from Fuller and this video and podcast (number 23) from Westmont. Update – 10.25.11: Prof. Billings discusses […]

Biting The Hand That Feeds Us?

Comedic web blog, Cracked.com, posted an interesting piece on the limitations of web for religion. It’s safe to say that God doesn’t live on the Internet. Where cathedrals, temples, and houses of worship succeed in providing the sensation that God might feasibly hang out there, websites fail miserably. The translation from stone and stained glass […]

WHI-1039 | Discipleship in an Age of Mission Creep

Take a visit to your local Christian bookstore and you’ll likely find numerous books on discipleship that encourage spiritual disciplines such as journaling, solitude, silence, or fasting. You’re also likely to find books that focus on discipleship at home, or work, in financial decision making, or in the area of personal relationships. But you will probably be hard-pressed to find books on becoming a disciple through learning the Christian faith in all of its dramatic and doctrinal splendor. What are the keys of effective disciple making? That’s the focus of this edition of White Horse Inn.

The Bandwagon of My Own Uncertainty

Continuing on with the preaching theme this week, here is a great YouTube clip featuring Taylor Mali from Def Poetry Season 2 on our being “the most aggressively inarticulate generation to come along since, you know, a long time ago!” Sadly, the “tragically cool and totally hip interogative tone” that he mocks here occupies too […]

The Sermon and the Academy Award

UPDATE: Another great meditation on the connection between The King’s Speech and the act of preaching from our friend William Willimon over at The Christian Century. What a gift Willimon is! — An interesting reflection from the Lutheran Church of Canada (ht Gene Veith’s Cranach Blog) on how the Academy Award winning motion picture The […]

Keller on Hell

In light of the recent controversy surrounding Rob Bell’s recent book on hell, The Gospel Coalition has posted a nice article from Tim Keller on the importance of hell. The conclusion is outstanding: The doctrine of hell is crucial-without it we can’t understand our complete dependence on God, the character and danger of even the […]

New Video From Ken Jones

Did you miss Ken at the CrossLife Conference with Steve Camp in south Florida? The video of his session, “Who do men say that I am?” is now online! Video streaming by Ustream