♥ The Spiritual Life Network
I love this network. The first time I used it, the front page came with resources from Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Martyn Llyod-Jones, Francis Schaeffer, N.T. Wright, Don Carson, John Piper, Walter Brueggemann, Dallas Willard, and Carl Medearis. Yay for diversity.
♥ Think Theology
“THINK is a collaboration of thinkers and writers who are passionate about the Church, and who enjoy spending time wrestling with deep theological questions and helping others to engage with them.”
♥ The Bible Project
Great animated youtube videos on doing a Bible overview as one grand narrative that points nothing but to Jesus.
Great youtube videos on diverse topics. I find myself in almost full agreement with them on issues from tithing to church membership to dispensationalism.
♥ Christ In You
Many insightful materials by James. A. Fowler.
♥ Golden Lampstand
A Chinese website.
Some blogposts & videos I enjoyed:
♥ The Word of the Cross by N.T. Wright
I am among those who are sickened by the ghostwriting culture and the Christian celebrity culture.
♥ Scandal of Evangelical Dishonesty by Randy Alcorn
♥ Living in the Relational Church by Wayne Jacobsen
“Experiencing the joy of authentic fellowship begins when we realize that all our dependence must be centered on Jesus himself. We don’t share fellowship because we need to. We don’t do it to get our needs met. True fellowship can only be known where our dependence upon Christ spills out in our love for others. Knowing the joy and freedom of his life, we can’t help but share it with others.” Probably one of the best reflections I have read (biased perhaps. because it resonates with me the most).
♥ Why Do You Criticize Ann Voskamp? by Rick Thomas
“Demeaning others happens too often within Christianity, especially within Reformed circles. While I most closely align theologically with Reformed teaching, some of the folks in this group can be so arrogant about their ‘rightness’ that sometimes I’m ashamed to be part of them.” I give my 100% amen.
♥ I Went All the Way Back by Ray Ortlund
I share Ortlund’s (as well as Schaeffer’s) struggle and pain.
♥ Jesus Died for Us…Not for God by Brian Zahnd
♥ How Christ Fulfilled and Ended the Old Testament Regime by John Piper
♥ The Greatest Thing You Can Do Today by Francis Chan
♥ You Cannot Serve Both God and Theology by Marshall Segal
♥ Stop Worshiping & Idolizing Celebrity Preachers by Paul Washer
♥ Do I Pray The Bible? By John Piper
♥ What Do You Mean by Eternal Life? by D. James Kinnaird
♥ 3 Biggest Regrets of Billy Graham’s Life by Aaron Earls
♥ 12 Principles for Disagreeing with Other Christians by Andrew David Naselli and J. D. Crowley
♥ Why Christians Need to Stop Fighting by Jefferson Betheke (YouTube)
♥ How to Disagree by Matt Chandler, Tim Keller, Michael Horton (YouTube)
♥ ReGrace: The Shocking Beliefs of the Great Theologians by Frank Viola
An incredible series that helps us to understand the need of “grace, civility, and tolerance among Christians when they disagree with one another over doctrinal issues”, as said by Frank.
♥ Read This Before You Drop the H-Bomb (“Heretic”) on a Fellow Christian by Frank Viola and Greg Boyd
♥ Everyone’s a Heretic: The Overuse of “Heresy” by J.S. Park
♥ Heresy And A Call For Humility by Justin Holcomb
♥ The Problem with Modern-Day Preaching by David D. Flowers
♥ Why Charismatics and Calvinists Need Each Other by Adam Mabry
♥ The Kingdom, The Church, and The Culture by Frank Viola
♥ Will the Emerging Church Fully Emerge? by Frank Viola
♥ How (Not) To Leave A Church by Frank Viola
♥ What Love Wins Tells Us About Christians by Scot McKnight
♥ In Which I Ask Ann Voskamp’s Forgiveness… by Tim Challies
A beautiful pattern we can all follow.
♥ How Jefferson Bethke Showed I was a Jerk by J.S. Park
♥ Why Anonymous “Discernment” Ministries Have No Credibility by Michael Brown
♥ Not All Cessationists are of MacArthur’s Spirit by Sam Storms
♥ Thoughts on the Neo-Reformed by Trevin Wax
♥ Who Gave Paul His Thorn? by Sam Storms
♥ Rethinking Paul’s Thorn in the Flesh by Frank Viola
♥ Election Reflections – Bridging Gap by Philip Yancey
♥ The China Syndrome by Philip Yancey
♥ On Homosexuality by Phillip Yancey
♥ Understanding a Mystery by Richard Matchman
♥ Calvin and Calvinism by R.T. Kendall
♥ 4 Dangers for Complementarians by Gavin Ortlund
♥ My Wedding Toast | How Marriage is Just a Shadow by Jefferson Betheke
I love this interview so much that I almost want to post the whole script here.
Sam Crabtree said to me once, “The danger of the contemporary worship awakening is that we love loving God more than we love God.” That was very profound. You might love thinking about God more than you love God. Or arguing for God more than you love God. Or defending God more than you love God. Or writing about God more than you love God. Or preaching more than you love God. Or evangelizing more than you love God. Reformed people tend to be thoughtful. That is, they come to the Bible and they want to use their minds to make sense of it. The best of them want to make sense of all of the Bible and do not pick and choose saying, “I don’t like that verse. That sounds like an Arminian verse, so we will set it aside.” No! Fix your brain, don’t fix the Bible.
The kind of person that is prone to systematize and fit things together, like me, is wired dangerously to begin to idolize the system. I don’t want to go here too much, because I think the whiplash starts to swing the other direction, and we minimize the system, thinking, and doctrine to the degree that we start to lose a foothold in the Bible. But that would be a big caution. We should be intellectually and emotionally more engaged with the person of Christ, the person of God—the Trinity—than we are with thinking about him. Thinking about God and engaging with him are inextricably woven together. But the reason you are reading the Bible, and the reason you are framing thoughts about God from the Bible, is to make your way through those thoughts to the real person. The danger on the other side is to say, “All that intellectual stuff, no, no, no. Doctrine, no. Intellect, no. Study, no. Experience, yes!” People who do this wind up worshipping a God of their own imagination. It feels so right, so free, and so humble because they are not getting involved in all those debates. But it isn’t. It is losing a grip on reality. So we are compelled to think hard about God and the Bible.
Hanging on with the danger I am speaking of is pride—a certain species of pride. There are many species of pride, and this is just one of them. You can call it intellectualism. There is also emotionalism, but that isn’t the danger we are talking about right now. Intellectualism is a species of pride, because we begin to prize our abilities to interpret the Bible over the God of the Bible or the Bible itself. When I asked Rick Warren, “What is your doctrine of the Bible?” He said, “Inerrant and authoritative. But I don’t mean all my interpretations of it are inerrant and authoritative.” And that is of course right. We should talk that way. So that would be my flag, the danger of intellectualism. And maybe the danger of certain aspects of it becoming so argumentative or defensive that it becomes unnecessarily narrow. That is funny for me to say because I think I am a really narrow guy, and a lot of other people think so too.
♥ Spirituality for All the Wrong Reasons by Eugene Peterson/ Mark Galli
♥ John Stott Interview (YouTube)