I won't rehash all the pieces of the the Driscoll and McLaren brawl, but Mark has posted a comment on McLaren's response. I'm never a fan of apologies couched with "if you have been wounded..."-- but I'll leave that alone for the moment.
In my opinion, both his tone and his question are fair.
Brian, as someone who has known you for many years I will, out of sincere and true love for you, ask one simple question and kindly request that you answer it.
Do you personally believe that all sexual activity between two persons of the same gender is always a sin?
I hope this question is simple, clear, and personal enough to result in an answer of either yes or no. Perhaps my attempt at some prophetic sarcasm which is commmon in Scripture was not well received. So, rather than repeating my tone I would like to simply ask your forgiveness if your have been wounded and get to the point of all this controversy. People like me who have known you, followed you, and learned from you for many years would simply like to know the bottom line for you personally with all of the other issues set aside for the time being. If you refuse to answer I am sure you can understand why accusations and concerns will be coming from both the right and the left and your answer will at least enable you to speak for yourself. So, with all respect would you please answer the question my brother?
January 21, 2006
The Unbearable Lightness of Blogs
One reason that I've been reluctant to enter the blogosphere is that I am concerned that blog-writing and reading only adds to a bad tendency that we today already have--a fascination with the newest, latest, and most recent. And the newest and latest also often means that which is of only immediate value, that which is passing. That is opposed to that which is enduring, and which has in fact endured and lasted. We write words here which crawl along electronically and leap out through your fingers and eyes to take precious minutes and hours that the Lord has entrusted to us. Could these small things we write really be that important?
Justin announces here that he is leaving DGM and moving to Wheaton to be the Managing Editor of Crossway's forthcoming ESV study Bible; has some great comments on mentoring and Christian maturity, and a fine tribute to John Piper, which, after spending a year in Minneapolis myself and staying in the Piper's home while they were in Cameroon I would wholeheartedly endorse:
The question most people ask me about John is whether or not he’s the real deal. I can say with absolute confidence that he is. What you see is what you get. He lives modestly (he doesn’t personally receive a single penny from his book royalties). He is teachable, he is humble, and he goes hard after God. It has been such a privilege and joy to study under him and to work for him these past seven years.
Justin also has some helpful thoughts on (E)mergent and the emerging church.
Congratulations Justin on your new job, and thanks for taking the time to do the interview.
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I am happy to announce that the Cawleys again have internet at home after a penny-pinching hiatus. It was a nice way to save money, but has become way too much of a pain. When we first moved here, we could occasionally pick up random wireless networks at certain places in our apartment, but haven't been able to find an open network since October. To all the people who I have been slow to get back with on email, and to everyone else who visited here and wondered where the content went-- thanks for your patience.
One of my favorite blogs to read last spring was the blog that Chris Erdman put together for the class he taught at Mennonite Brethren Seminary. The blog is PM560: Missional Church Leadership, and you can read his opening post and description of the blog's purpose here.
Ryan Bolger, who blogs here has done a similar thing with his Transforming Contemporary Culture Class at Fuller Seminary. Here is the blog for MP520, though it seems that the major focus in this class will be each student individually creating a blog. You can read Ryan's intro to the project here. 44 more blogs for me to read is entirely impossible-- perhaps someone in his class could arrange one page as an aggregator for the class. I'm at least eager to see what they do in the class blog and I'm excited to see things like this happening in the classroom.
# of words in this entire post = 181
# of times "blog" appears in this post = 10
= Excessive & Confirmation that Kevin is a gimp
Everyone is podcasting, so this post is by no means cutting edge. My iPod battery has no juice anymore and my commute to school involves three minutes and walking across the street-- so I'm not getting much podcast time. So, I have to be a bit more selective in the stuff that I listen to. Here are the three podcasts that I have been enjoying on a regular basis:
-Kaleo Houston I love churches that podcast! The new website is amazing // Bill is a great preacher // and everyone should be praying for this community as uncertainty looms for many in Houston
-Mars Hill Church Seattle (this is actually the podcast link). Mars Hill's podcast has sermons, music, and this week they add a Vox Pop Audio section (though it got a bit lost as the date comes up 12/31/69 in iTunes). The Vox Pop portion is cool!