The Top Blog Posts of the Week
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
App of the Week
- The SBC Annual Meeting app – This is a free application for iPhone, iPad, Android and Blackberry users. It has helpful information about New Orleans and the convention. Download it at http://m.core-apps.com/sbc2012am from a smartphone or type “SBC Annual Meeting 2012” in the smartphone’s app store.
- “Which Distinctive Practices and Beliefs of Anabaptists Are Important for the Church Today?” by Alan Knox in The Assembling of the Church blog, noting ten helpful doctrines of the Anabaptists.
- “An Encounter with What Is NOT in Scripture,” by Johnathan Pritchett,” by Hariette Peterson in the SBC Encounters blog, citing Pritchett’s exegesis of Acts 4:27-28 (relating to the determinism that some find in the passage).
- “Being Biblical more than Logical, or Why I Am a Four-Point Calvinist,” by John Hammett in the Between the Times blog, explaining his difficulties with the doctrine of limited atonement.
- “Michael Shermer and The Believing Brain,” by Randy Everist in the Possible Worlds blog, commenting on atheist Michael Shermer’s book The Believing Brain.
About Issues in the SBC
- “10 Things More Important for the SBC than the Calvinism Debate,” by Matt Svoboda and Jay Sanders in the SBC Voices blog, with a list of ten important but underdiscussed (primarily ethical) issues which deserve a higher priority in SBC discussions.
- “What’s Wrong with the SBC?” by Jared Moore in the SBC Voices blog, raising six issues that the SBC needs to address for its spiritual health.
- “Join Me for Beignets and Baptists,” by Russ Moore in the Moore to the Point blog, with a note about what he is anticipating in the SBC annual meeting in New Orleans.
About Ministry and Worship
- “What Does It Take to Really Minister to Special Needs Children,” a YouTube video by Meaghan Wall, Special Needs Coordinator at Stonebriar Community Church, addressing this crucial issue confronting many churches about how to minister effectively to so many families impacted by this challenge.
- “Pastor to Pastor: How’s Your Church Doing?” by Bart Barber in the Thom Rainer blog, with some tools to analyze the spiritual health of a congregation.
- “Leadership and Entitlement,” by Thom Rainer in his blog, discussing whether or not leaders have entitlements.
- “Ten Insights about Your Church’s Fellowship,” by Joe McKeever in his blog, with ten thoughts in analyzing the quality of fellowship in a church.
About the Personal Devotional Life
- “A Stunning Reminder: The Darkness Resides in Me,” by Dave Miller in the SBC Voices blog, with a reminder that none of us are above temptation, and it entraps good people.
- “Monopoly and the Game of Life,” by Deron Biles in the Theological Matters blog, comparing the game of Monopoly to the Christian walk.
- “The Savior’s First Lesson on Suffering,” by Brad Whitt on his blog, reflecting on Jesus’ prediction of His suffering in Mark 8:31.
- “Two Ways to Pray Wrong,” by Fletcher Law in the Fletcher Law and Grace Ministries blog, with two forms of misguided prayers.
- “Assembling Faith and Love,” by Lynn Jones in the FBC Booneville blog, noting the challenge of increasing faith and love among believers.
About Christians and Society
- “My Faith-Based Retirement,” by Joe Nocera in the New York Times, reflecting on a situation that concerns many of us in the economic recession.
- “Young People’s Priorities,” by Joe Blow in the New York Times, with an intriguing poll of the priorities of young adults (18-29) done by Harvard’s Institute of Politics. It is a thorough survey, but in short the greatest concerns are job creation, terrorism, and Iran’s nuclear program, and the least is global warming.
- “A Generation in Transition: Religion, Values, and Politics among College-age Millennials,” a significant Public Religion Institute Research project by Robert Jones, Daniel Cox, and Thomas Banchoff, with important information about the current beliefs of millennials.
- “Debt, Gift, and Sacrifice in The Hunger Games,” by James Rogers in First Things, with a discussion of the book that is foundational for the intriguing movie The Hunger Games.