The Top Blog Posts of the Week
- Published on Saturday, 14 January 2012 01:03
by the Contributing Editors of SBC Today
This is a list of recent blog posts which we found interesting. That we found them interesting doesn’t mean we necessarily agree with or endorse the ideas presented in the posts, but that we found them to be intriguing and thought-provoking. (They are listed in no particular order of interest). Please post your comments to discuss any article that strikes your interest. If you have recent blog posts to nominate, please send the link to email@example.com.
- “Did 19th Century Virginia Regular Baptists Believe in General Atonement?” by Peter Lumpkins in the SBC Tomorrow blog, providing historical evidence that many 19th Century Regular Baptists affirmed the general atonement view, contrary to a recent claim by an SBC seminary president that all Baptists before the 20th Century were Calvinists.
- “Southern Baptists Go Swimming in Lake Geneva,” by Peter Berger in his Religion and Other Curiosities blog in the American Interest. Berger’s conclusion: “If Calvinism is to make further inroads among Southern Baptists or among any other segments of American Evangelicals, it will be in its Arminian form.”
- “Peter Berger’s Sociological Interpretation of New Calvinism’s Affect on Southern Baptists,” by Peter Lumpkins in the SBC Tomorrow blog, critiquing the article noted above by Peter Berger.
- “On Sincerity in Offering the Gospel: Is There a Difference between Calvinists and non-Calvinists?” by Peter Lumpkins in SBC Tomorrow, proposing a parable about the sincere offer of the Gospel in Reformed and non-Reformed perspectives.
- “Regeneration by Faith: Calvin and Luther,” by Stephen Garrett at the Baptist Gadfly blog, with quotations from Luther and Calvin which present faith as prior or simultaneous with regeneration, not after it.
- “Interacting with James Sennett, Evangelicalism and Inclusivism,” by Jared Moore in SBC Voices, expressing concerns about Sennett’s advocacy of a form of inclusivism that would allow for salvation in some cases of persons not in the church or overtly accepting Jesus as Savior.
- “The Difference between an Evangelical and a Fundamentalist in a Nutshell,” by C. Michael Patton in the Parchment and Pen blog at Credo House Ministries who, having noted the actual derivation of the word “fundamentalist,” reduces the term to its connotation of being an extremist.
- “Jim Hamilton on His Revelation Commentary,” by Denny Burk on his blog, with an interview with Hamilton about his historical premillennial reading of Revelation.
About Debating Real Marriage by Mark and Grace Driscoll (and the Youngs)
- “Driscoll, Real Marriage, and Why Being a Pastor Doesn’t Automatically Make You a Sex Therapist,” by Rachel Held Evans in her blog,, with a discussion of the good, bad, and ugly about the controversial book.
- “Book Review: Real Marriage, by Mark and Grace Driscoll, by Aaron Armstrong in the Blogging Theologically blog, with a somewhat positive review of this controversial book.
- “Real Marriage: Pragmatism over Biblical Criticism?” by Mark at Here I Blog, voicing concerns over Driscoll’s response to criticism, and whether he is more focused on pragmatism or Biblical truth.
- “Real Marriage: The Truth about Sex, Friendship, and Life Together,” by Jeremy Pierre in Credo magazine, providing a critical review of the controversial book from the perspective of this Biblical Counseling professor at Southern Seminary.
- “Real Marriage: Mark Driscoll’s Absence of Moral Reasoning,” “Is Mark Driscoll Fudging in the Footnotes? (Part 1),” and “Is Mark Driscoll Fudging in the Footnotes? (Part 2), by Peter Lumpkins in SBC Tomorrow, questioning the lack of biblical support for Driscoll’s views on sexuality.
- “Review of Real Marriage by Mark and Grace Driscoll,” by Mike Leake in SBC Voices, comparing some parts of the controversial book to drinking from the toilet, and other parts to picking up a donut dropped on the floor and eating it.
- “Evangelicals and Excessive Sex: Mark Driscoll and Ed Young from Augustine’s Perspective,” by Wade Burleson on his blog, contrasting the approach to sexuality taken by Mark Driscoll and Ed Young from that of Augustine.
- “Seminary President Endorses Mark Driscoll’s Real Marriage,” by Peter Lumpkins in SBC Tomorrow, with concerns about an SBC seminary president publicly affirming this controversial book.
- “Ed and Lisa Young’s ‘Bed In’” Scratching Itching Ears?” by Dave Miller in SBC Voices, questioning the appropriateness of the Youngs’ 24 hour church roof videocast.
About the SBC, the Church, and Christian Ministry
- “Blessed Are the Un-cool,” by Rachel Held Evans on her blog. Rarely do the contributing editors of SBC Today do more than just suggest articles for your consideration, but this is one that we’ll take the unusual step of raving about. Rachel Held Evans, a progressive 30 year old with no children, might be expected to prefer a coffee bar “cool” church with an “awesome” fog machine and light show with a well-orchestrated and choreographed professional band. But instead, she affirms the typical “uncool” church – where you have to go early to get a handicapped parking space, the music is a little old and amateur, and a crying child is disturbing those around you. Evans makes the profound point that this is EXACTLY the kind of church people want because it’s REAL. Here are the killer lines — “Some of us wear our brokenness on the inside, others on the outside. But we’re all broken. We’re all un-cool. We’re all in need of a Savior.” The church that loves and accepts those broken people is the church that will see the power of God manifested in them!
- “Beth Moore and John Piper Lead Lectio-Divina Lite at Passion 2012,” by Ken Silva at Apprising Ministries, expressing concern about Moore and Piper leading in the practice of a form of Catholic mysticism at the conference.
- “Biblical Silence and Mystical Science,” by E. Benz in the “Do Not Be Surprised . . . “ blog, tracing the history in Roman Catholicism of the Lectio-Divina practiced by Beth Moore and John Piper at the recent Passion 2012 conference, and contrasting it with Biblical silence.
- “John Piper Encourages Lectio Divina,” by Christine Pack in the Sola Sisters blog, expressing concern about Piper’s practice of this form of mysticism at the Passion 2012 conference.
- “Why We Don’t Use Alcohol for the Lord’s Supper,” by David Brumbalow in SBC Voices, with reasons he believes that the use of alcoholic drink in communion is inappropriate.
- “Ten Ways Pastors Fail Their Churches” and “Ten Ways Church People Fail Their Pastors,” by Joe McKeever on his blog, with lists that deserve our thoughtful consideration.
- “The Pastorate: No Place for Crybabies,” by Joe McKeever on his blog, with suggestions about how to deal constructively with the inevitable tensions that church leaders encounter.
About the Personal Devotional Life and Society
- “Michael Gerson Has Two Home Runs in One Week,” by Denny Burk on his blog, affirming two articles in the Washington Post by Michael Gerson, one criticizing Ron Paul and the other affirming the social conservative candidacy of Ron Santorum.
- “Our Earliest Aim,” by Brad Whitt on his blog, with a call for seeking the Lord based in Proverbs 8:17.
- “Driving Out the Bad,” by Waylon Bailey on his blog, with an illustration drawn from King snakes and cottonmouth moccasins and applied to putting our focus on good, not evil.
- “Leave Your Reputation Behind and Follow Me,” by Charlie Ray in the Family of Faith blog, reflecting on the painfulness of change and the challenge of the Christian walk.
- “Perspectives on Tithing,” a book edited by David Croteau and reviewed by Craig Batts in the Helwys Society Forum blog, reviewing this multiviews book. The four views presented are a holistic biblical affirmation of tithing (Ken Hemphill and Bobby Eklund), tithing is a New Testament doctrine (Reggie Kidd), tithing is an Old Testament doctrine still applicable (Gary North), and tithing is not required for New Testament Christians (Croteau).
- “Work Matters: A Book Review,” by Andrew Wencl in SBC Voices, with a review of this book by Tom Nelson addressing an appropriate Christian approach to work.
- “The Empty Power of Ridicule,” by Dave Miller in SBC Voices, with a thoughtful admonition about the negative power of ridicule (all too common in blogging) that is unbecoming of Christians.
- “A Review of Raised Right,” a book by Alisa Harris reviewed by Kathryn Walker in the On the Square blog in First Things. The book is Harris’ story of being raised in a conservative worldview and how she became a liberal.
- “Mean Girls,” by Lynn Cowell in the Proverbs 31 Ministries blog, suggesting that the common phenomenon of mean teenage girls may in part have its roots in the model set by their parents.