Monthly Archives: August 2008
Mark Driscoll is a pastor at Mars Hill Church in Seattle, WA; a culturally sensitive church that has affinities with the emerging church. He is a well-known author, conference speaker and blogger; I particularly enjoyed his Confessions of a Reformission Rev. A provocative guy, Driscoll has ruffled a lot of feathers on all sides (he’s ruffled mine a few times). There is a lot of good stuff about his teaching and a lot of stuff worth leaving alone. Recently he has been travelling the world – both to England and Australia. The Sydney Anglicans website has posted a 25 minute interview with him filmed in Sydney. True to form, there is a lot of good in the interview and some … well, strange … things. Whatever you think about him, Driscoll is a force to be reckoned with. He has the support of men like John Piper, Tim Keller and Don Carson – so it will be important to keep your eye on him.
In this interview he discusses the spiritual state of Sydney, Jesus, cultural engagement, worship, style, prophecy, health and wealth teaching, reformed theology, influences, etc.
At the risk of getting profusely made fun of, I post this video of my old band Wonkavision practicing in my friend’s basement. Now, I know this is super old, because I’m still in my transition from hippie to punk. I had only just cut my shoulder length hair, but was too reticent to go the whole way with it. I also still am playing my old black Yamaha bass, which I later traded to the drummer from Septic for a nice, baby-blue, Fender Jazz.
The song is “Troll Princess” and I think it’s about a girl named Melissa who used to make fun of us for the way we dressed. Genius!
The guitarist is Nick Bechard, the singer is Tim McCready and the drummer is Brandon Blanchette. Brandon was our staple drummer for much of our “career” although we had a whole host of them. Another notable drummer was Randy Hillman.
I found some more videos Tim posted on YouTube. I particularly love “Biology Bore” where we sing about killing our biology teacher.
My buddy John Bell loves the TV show Yes, Minister and its spin-off Yes, Prime Minister. It’s a satirical take on British politics from the 70’s or 80’s. I must admit, it’s brilliantly hilarious. John recently showed me an episode – The Bishop’s Gambit – where the Prime Minister has to elect a bishop from the Church of England into the House of Lords. He has two choices and one of them (the prime choice) is a theological liberal. I was blown away at how bang-on they nailed theological liberalism. They also do a fine job at showing how the church/state relations in England cause damage. As a Baptist, I think this episode is fantastic!! Watch and laugh!
***Note: The second video is the one with the clip where they discuss liberalism as well as some of the third, but it’s worth watching all four if you can.
John Frame is one of my favourite theologians/apologists/philosophers. If you get the chance, listen to his lectures on apologetics and philosophy at the Reformed Theological Seminary’s iTunes site – they are really good.
Andy Naselli – guest blogging at Between Two Worlds – has posted an interview with Frame who discusses the so-called “problem of evil.” This is the basic and famous question often posed to Christians: if God is all good and all powerful, why does evil exist?
In the last year and a half or so I began to use the TNIV in my English preparation for Greek exams and really liked the correspondence between it as a translation and the Greek text. I was surprised at how well the TNIV expressed the meaning of the original language. Before that I had been a user of the ESV and thought it to be the best translation that captured the meaning of the text, retained the theological language that was lost in the RSV and had a greater readability than something like the NASB.
One question that popped into my head when I began reading the TNIV was what I thought about the issue of inclusive language (e.g. “he and she” instead of “he”). It was around then that I read D.A. Carson’s The Inclusive Language Debate, that settled the issue in my mind and I became a constant reader of the TNIV.
New Testament scholar Craig Blomberg has posted his thoughts as a translator for the TNIV on the Koinonia blog. I agree with him and hope that the TNIV becomes the standard translation for Evangelicals.
“Demystifying Bible Translation…”
The Phelps family, who attend the cultish Westboro Baptist Church, are saying that they will picket the funeral of Tim McLean – the young man beheaded on a Greyhound bus near Winnipeg, Manitoba. These people are utterly disgusting.
My friend “AF” aka croccroccroc has some mundanely hilarious videos on YouTube. The setting: his landlord’s house. I won’t say who the landlord is, but if you’re Canadian, you’ll likely know him.
Why his commentary on the rats rotting corpse is so funny I know not, I only know that it’s funny.
Doug Wilson is at it again. This time he’s taking us through a blow-by-blow (pardon the pacifist pun) review of Greg Boyd’s recent book The Myth of a Christian Nation. Boyd’s book came out while I still worked at Crux and a lot of people were really excited about it. I, to say the least, wasn’t. The contents of the book cater to the John Howard Yoder, Anabaptist, pacifist types. While there’s much to commend the pacifist position (ideally speaking), I’m a bit bewildered by the whole thing.
Here is, in my view, the crux of Boyd’s problem – Wilson outlines it well:
Are women getting raped? Don’t get pulled in. Are children being hauled off
to work in factories? Don’t get pulled in. Are treaties being flagrantly broken?
That’s just the way the world is, ya know? Are thousands of slaves being pitched
overboard into the Atlantic? Satan’s kingdom . . . what can you do? Spiritually
dangerous even to try.