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Blog of the Week: Majority of Pastors Have NO Friends

Pete Wilson (a pastor) comments on an article he read which states that 70% of pastors have no friends. He pleads:

Pastors, don’t fall for it. You’ve been created for deep connectedness like everyone else. Develop and cultivate your close friendships (and encourage your wife to do the same). You’ll need them. Every single one of them!

Runner Up: Called Into the Ministry? Five Questions to Ask Yourself

Michael Patton over at Parchment and Pen offers five practical questions that we should consider before taking on a full time vocation.

Last but not least: Atheists Just As Ethical As Churchgoers?

Finally I’d like to draw your attention to this interesting and well informed post by Bethyada over at True Paradigm.

Which post did you enjoy the most? Why?

Blog of the Week goes out to Eric Jones over at With Hands Held High. Eric has written a great post titled, When is Convenience an Inconvenience? He writes,

I’m not against convenience. I love the aquarium, my natures best whole wheat bread, twitter, Facebook, and more. I’m a geek and depend on a lot of these conveniences in order to even succeed at my job. I understand we don’t have time to mill and bake our own bread or that we don’t have the time or money to visit the Serengeti… What I am against though is complacency.

Pete over at WithoutWax has written a fun post titled, Do Cats Go To Hell?

I was once asked in a Q and A on a Sunday morning if I thought “Dogs go to heaven.” I responded by saying, “The real question is do cats go to hell?” To say I hate cats is a bit much. I don’t hate them, but I certainly don’t love them.

He concludes with the question: “So which are you? Team Dog or Team Cat?

Rachel Evans asks, Should Christian Colleges Teach Evolution? I post this here as a recommended read not because I agree with the position taken, but because I believe Christians should critically think these things through. She writes:

So my dad just returned from the International Forum on Higher Education for the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities held in Atlanta, where the hot topic of the week was teaching evolution in Christian colleges. Francis Collins, author of The Language of God and founder of the BioLogos Foundation, spoke at the conference, urging professors and administrators to beware of placing students in the position of having to choose between their intellectual integrity and their faith. Read more…

Which recommended post did you enjoy the most? Which was the most helpful? Which could you have done without?

Blog of the week goes out to Flint Jahbone. I heard about this sermon he preached some time ago, and how some said it was the best sermon they ever heard! So Flint Jahbone goes ahead and creates a Blog and his opening three posts? He puts that sermon into print! Check out the series:

Runner Up: Matthew Anderson has an interesting post over at Mere Orthodoxy called “Playing the (a)Theological Mystery Card”. It is a fun post. He picks on several traditions (presumably his own as well) and encourages his commentors to (in light fun) do the same. He writes:

This is a dangerous card for the theologian to play, as it functions as a bit of a trump card.  Play it too early, and you short-circuit the difficult process of coming to a more robust understanding of the subject of inquiry.  Don’t ever play it, and end up like Chesterton’s lunatic who tries to get the heavens into his head, only to have his head split

My Reader To You: 16.02.10

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Blog of the Week: A Sure Foundation

Blog of the week goes out to Harry over at Harry’s Heresy Blog. Their Harry makes the conservative case for the necessity of building Christians on a sure foundation; that foundation being the Word of God and right teaching. It is a pastorally sensitive post:

As one can tell, I hold to a very high standard of scripture as did Jesus and Paul. Jesus used scripture to rebuke Satan’s temptation (Matthew 4: 3-4, quoting from Deuteronomy 6:16)   that man does not live on bread alone but on every word that proceeds from the mouth of God. In (Matt 19:1-6) in response to the Pharisee’s question on divorce, Jesus goes back to (Gen 1:27)…

Theology After Google

Florin over at Theological Perspectives writes an interesting article making the case for the demise of the “expert”. She writes:

Google represents the third step in the process of knowledge distribution, effectively ending the tyranny of the expert. Although until Google, pretty much all knowledge has been captured into books (a great and successful effort), full access to all these books continued to be limited to just a few (usually the scholars), which perpetuated the old aged limited access to knowledge.

Emerging Church is Dead(?)

Matthew over at Mere Orthodoxy tells the story of Jeremy, an “Emergent” who is growing disenchanted with the “Emergent Church”. I find this to be ironic because the Emergent Church is supposed to be a safe haven for people who are disenchanted with the institutional church (here is a blog, quoting a blog, quoting a blog. Sorry):

At any rate, Ben Simpson (whose blog I have been enjoying of late) pointed me this afternoon to this promise to take-down the emerging church by Jeremy Bouma, a 29-year-old participant in the movement who has grown a bit disenchanted with it.  Jeremy’s only one person, of course.  But he is an insider, and he’s not exactly going to hold back.

That is all for today. Enjoy.

Blog of the week goes out to Theological Perspective blog, the article is called Unpredictable God of Order:

Unpredictable God of Order

Over at Theological Perspective blog, the author challenges us with this question:

What shapes our concept of God? Are we willing to put our faith in a God who is bigger than our theological constructs, whom we allow to incarnate into our world, surprise us and be endlessly changed by him? Or do we settle for a hand-out, a tradition passed on to us?

The Canon Open in Theory

Michael Patton (from Parchment and Pen) argues that the Christian canon is atleast theoretically open:

In short, the argument that I am making is that the canon is closed only to the degree that God is no longer adding to it. But it is not closed in the sense that God cannot add to it were He to make an unforeseen movement in the history of revelation. The primary reason why we have not added anything to the canon in the last two-thousand years is simply because God has not used an authenticated apostle or prophet to speak His word and add to it in two-thousand years. Only in this sense is the canon “closed.”

Romans 9 Is Corporate in Focus

Bethyada (from Truth Paradigm) explores Romans 9 arguing that the reference to Jacob and Esau (and Moses and Pharaoh) should be understood as corporate, not individual:

By corporate, I mean the group perceived as a group. The use of singular and plural is not always reliable. When asking for a response from a group (say a call to vote in an election) one is addressing all the individuals, but each individual can respond or not respond as his chooses. When talking about a collective singular (say a nation or church) singular terms are used, but the context is corporate. As I previously distinguished a group is either a collection of individuals, or individuals who make up the group.

Gummin Sin by Billy Sunday

Trevin Wax (from Kingdom People) quotes Billy Sunday to the effect of:

“I’m against sin. I’ll kick it as long as I’ve got a foot, and I’ll fight it as long as I’ve got a fist. I’ll butt it as long as I’ve got a head. I’ll bite it as long as I’ve got a tooth. And when I’m old and fistless and footless and tootheless, I’ll gum it till I go home to Glory and it goes home to perdition!”

Embracing the Cross

Over at “In Christ Jesus” blog, the author chellenges our use of the cross today.

In the first-century the cross was a symbol of shame, punishment, torture, and execution. It certainly was not a means of “dressing up” nor a means to enhance one’s appearance. No one in Christ’s day would think of polishing up a cross with precious stones and selling it. Only after Christ was crucified did Christians begin to see it as an instrument of pride since it pointed to the Savior crucified.

New feature of Covenant of Love: Once a week (probably on Tuesdays) I will highlight great posts I read from blogs I follow (via reader). Why should I harbour these great articles (and bloggers) to myself? Why not share the blessings, wisdom and insights they have given me with you!

From my Reader then…

From: In Light of the Gospel

“The big discussion taking place everywhere, or so it seems, concerns the Super Bowl commercial that will feature Tim Tebow, the Heisman trophy winning quarterback who just finished his final year with the Florida Gators, and his mother, Pam Tebow. Although the actual ad has not been released, reports explain that Pam Tebow will describe how she was advised to have an abortion in 1987, but she chose to give birth, and that baby boy was Tim Tebow.”

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From: We Are the Stories

After reading Stuff Christians Like today, I realized that I both love and hate Christian bumper stickers. I am quite fond of humorous, self-deprecating Christian bumper stickers, and I loathe those that attempt to wield faith or truth like a weapon (e.g. “If you don’t believe in God, you’d better be right…”) as well as those whose attempts at cultural relevance or humor are simultaneously laughable and sad (e.g. “Want to get high? Try God!” or “America needs a faith lift!”).

Here are some of my favorites from the post and the subsequent comments:

• “In case of Rapture, the eschatological views of this driver will change”
… Read More of Eric’s Musings

From: drewchapados.net

One of the most miserable counsel to receive in times of great difficulty is the counsel that offers a few nuggets of scripture in a cold, meaningless way. When we think problems are reduced to simple bumper sticker solutions (even if quoting a ‘portion’ of truth) we are not going to do anyone any favors

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From: Tim Stafford’s Blog

Just a note to say that I am in Haiti and seeing a lot. Everybody in the country is sleeping out in the open, including me. The destruction is incredible, as though a mob of giants had been dancing a jig over the city crushing everything underfoot. Right now I am trying to figure out how to get out! I’ve done lots of good interviews and seen plenty. Getting transport out is pretty difficult but I’m working at it!

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From: Out of Ur

1. Multi-site churches. According to the book Multi-Site Roadtrip, an estimated 2,000 churches in America use the multi-site model. Travis: “If you’re a large church, you’re thinking multi-site.”

2. Social media. According to the Pew Research Center, 85 percent of 18- to 29-year-olds use social networking at least once a week. Senior pastors under 40 who are leading large churches all use social media. Travis: “This is a radical shift in how we understand leadership. Fifteen years ago, pastors were wondering how they could be less accessible. Today, younger pastors want more access.”

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I hope you find these posts as informative and useful as I did.

Hello fellow explorers!

Just a quick note. My good friend Harry has just started his first blog and frankly I think it’s going to be really good. Harry has shown himself to be quite the able biblical expositor and one of the best bible teachers I have ever sat under.

His blog is called Harry’s Heresy Blog, but if I could promise you two things they are 1. at Harry’s site you won’t get any heresy (though you will be shown some things in the bible you never knew where there!); and 2. you will get lots of bible.

So why the title “Harry’s Heresy“? He explains on his “About” page at Harry’s Heresy Blog:

I became a Christian 24 years ago. Since then I have search the scriptures in search of Truth. Along the way I have been called a heretic many times and people have been called “Followers of Harry’s Heresies”.

I believe we have fallen into a Christianity that is in disarray and my passion is to revitalize – not unknown truths – but truths preached long ago in God’s Word.

He has begin a series on “Baptism” and the “Righteousness of God”. You’ll discover with Harry’s approach what should be true of all biblical studies, namely, that all of these doctrines are interconnected.

He is a teacher, and so you will be taught.

Harry’s Heresy Blog

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