Friday, March 31, 2006

Mark Driscoll apologizes to Brian McLaren and Doug Pagitt

Since leaving that team I have been increasingly concerned about some of the theological conversations that are taking place, which has led to frustration and anger on my part. The result was an email I fired off in angry haste to the “Out of Ur” blog in response to a piece by Brian Mclaren in Leadership journal on his pastoral response to the homosexual issue. In short, I took some cheap shots at Brian and Doug.

... I have come to see that my comments were sinful and in poor taste. Therefore, I am publicly asking for forgiveness from both Brian and Doug because I was wrong for attacking them personally and I was wrong for the way in which I confronted positions with which I still disagree. I also ask forgiveness from those who were justifiably offended at the way I chose to address the disagreement. I pray that you will accept this posting as a genuine act of repentance for my sin.

the whole post

ht to jordon

Thursday, March 30, 2006

interview with jordon cooper

jordon interviewed me some time ago and just posted it to his blog.

thanks jordon!

Wednesday, March 08, 2006

Phil Johnson on the Emerging Church

Emergent No posts the transcript of Johnson's critique.

Phil Johnson, Executive Director of John MacArthur's Grace to You , is best known for his work celebrating Spurgeon and "Phil Johnson's Bookmarks."

ht to justin taylor.

Monday, March 06, 2006

Walking in the Desert

My good friend Joe Ventura has taken up his blog again and his thoughts will be worth perusing; I've added his blog to my bloglines public blogroll (how did we ever manage without these aggregators)?

Joe is a great drummer, a fantastic school teacher, has great insights, and if he flexes his writing chops on his blog, readers will find him to be a hilarious writer.


Sunday, March 05, 2006

the declining cost of information: a benefit and a potential drawback

a benefit

When I was in seminary, I somehow found out about available recordings on cassette of a former Dallas Theological Seminary Systematic Theology professor named S Lewis Johnson. He was an elder at Believers Bible Chapel in Dallas, TX. The church provided these cassettes for free, requesting no donation. When I pressed them, they let me know that the tapes cost ab $3 each. I would send them $3 and get a tape. I don't know how many I ordered and enjoyed listening too. Dr. Johnson loved God and was a very intelligent and educated lecturer, who went to be with God in 2004.

Recently, I discovered that someone(s) at Believers had put up what appears to be all of Dr. Johnson's sermons up for free listening or download here. I have been happily downloading message after message, importing them into iTunes and then putting them on my Nano.

Some of the audio recordings are quite old, though I cannot see where the dates are ever listed. In one talk in his series on Isaiah I was just listening to, Dr. Johnson mentions as contemporaries former Secretary of State Dean Rusk and President Lyndon Johnson. I know that in the series I'm listening to now on Daniel, Dr. Johnson is speaking in 1979 because he mentions the year, SALT II, and President Jimmy Carter.

Dr. Johnson's tapes were sent by Believers Bible Chapel all over the world. I have been marveling at the fact that now in 2006, 12 years after his death, Dr. Johnson's wonderful teaching has a far wider reach.

Another benefit of the declining cost of information.

a drawback

A few days ago during my commute I was struck by something else: When Dr. Johnson at one point mentioned another verse in Daniel, all of a sudden in background I heard the rustling of what sounded like scores of pages. In this day of Scriptures on Powerpoint in Sunday morning messages, I cannot even remember the last time I've heard that sound.

I realized for all my triumphalism about the declining cost of information, one can argue that something has been lost too. There was an intimacy with the Scriptures that I heard. A Berean like eagerness reflected in the suddenly rustling pages. It was truly a beautiful sound.

Yes, of course one's Christianity can only be about information. Transpropositionality is not optional.

Yes, of course the declining cost of information is a good thing.

But for the first time this experience made me appreciate how the actual physical handling of the pages of Scripture is not a bad thing if it represents and advances somehow a more intimate relationship with what God has to say.

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Saturday, March 04, 2006

The State of KatrinaGrace

Since Katrina hit, Beth and I have been involved with our church's response to the disaster. This morning, I had a great opportunity today to speak to Grace Community Church's Men's Ministry about

Slideshow here.

My amazing Amazon Wife has been down there on two of the teams and I'm planning to go in May.

Friday, March 03, 2006

malcolm gladwell...

... is blogging.

ht to jordon

Thursday, March 02, 2006


I noticed a few days ago via Joe Thorn. Now Joe has a post up on it. It's a free music player that plays according to your musical preferences. So for example, I tell it I like Rogue Wave, Wilco, and The Avett Brothers and it plays music from these guys as well as from groups and singers who are in the genre ranges of the ones I like. Pretty cool.

You can skip songs you don't like (even block them so they won't be played again) and mark the ones you really like. There is much more to the site than this, but this should be reason enough to check it out.

Steve McCoy points us to last fm

Similarly, I have been totally enjoying pandora, which seems to be about the same thing.

my nano is my #1 audio modality, but I like pandora for introducing me to new stuff I might like.

Wednesday, March 01, 2006

emergent and her critics

scot mcknight highlights a recent meeting of emergent leaders and some of her critics.

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