Like many of you, I read a lot of blogs and many of them are very good. These are my favorites from the past month—the best of the best. I hope you find some of them useful.
1. Ravening Sheep: child abuse in the church
Samantha tells such a touching story. It is a story about a lamb that…but I will let you read the story for yourself. However, here is my challenge to you: read it without tears. Perhaps you can do it; I could not.
2. The Resurrection through Jewish Eyes
Derek Leman explains how authentic Luke’s resurrection account appears to Jewish eyes. He also underscores how raw and theologically undeveloped it is.
3. Why Hope and Vapid Optimism are not the Same Thing
Nadia Bolz Weber talks about Christian hope in a refreshing and way. Here is one snippet,
It all reminds me of that story at the end of Luke’s gospel when a few days after Jesus’ death a couple of his disciples were walking the road to Emmaus trying to make sense of what had just happened in Jerusalem….the triumphal entry on Palm Sunday, the shared meal, the betrayal, the arrest and trial and crucifixion. And as they discussed all of this, a stranger walked up (spoiler alert – it was Jesus) and he was like “hey what are you guys talking about?”
They did not recognize him and so they told the story of Jesus’ life, ministry and death at which point they then speak what are maybe the 3 saddest words in scripture: We Had Hoped. We had hoped Jesus was the one to redeem us. Instead, Jesus is dead and it is we who are defeated. Those two disciples started with hope and ended with disappointment.
If you are interested, I encourage you to read her entire post. It is even better if you listen to her audio address as your read along.
4. Why Do Gay People Want to Redefine Marriage? What’s their Real Goal?
Justin Lee provides excellent insight into the importance of nationally recognized marriage for gays.
At the hospital, as Ricky lay dying, John wasn’t allowed into the room to see him, because their marriage wasn’t legally recognized, and he wasn’t considered “family.” Ricky had given John legal power of attorney for making his medical decisions, but John didn’t have the paperwork handy, and when Ricky’s biological family arrived, they kept John out of the room even though he had been Ricky’s only real family for quite some time.
John wasn’t able to be in the room when the love of his life passed away. He was only allowed in later, after Ricky’s death, once the biological family had left.
The family didn’t allow John to attend the service at the gravesite, and they laid claim to Ricky’s belongings. In the end, it didn’t matter that Ricky had chosen to spend his years with John; in the eyes of the law, he was just ‘a friend.’
5. Watching Our Language
John Blase questions whether we should develop disciples or friends. He reports that he had been to a conference and “Speaker after speaker after session after session hammered away at the word disciple. But if memory serves up something even half-correct, I never ever heard the word friend.”
He comments further, “my bet is its easier to see another individual as disciple than as friend. You could even use the word apprentice here, it carries that same semiformal feel; namely, someone is the teacher and someone is the student. But friend?”
6. Creationist Logic
From My (Confined) Space: This is titled Religious Logic but could easily be creationist logic instead. Two stuffed cartoon bunnies attempt to describe reality. One uses pieces of a jigsaw puzzle (evidence). The other uses the picture on the box (authority). The result is interesting and entertaining.
7. Fundamentalists Treat Christianity like It Is Just another Religion
James McGrath states that assumption of a divine inspiration of a sacred text to which all issues can be harmonized makes the Bible the same as all other assumed books of divine inspiration.