Everywhere beyond Earth, there is silence. If life spontaneously evolved and intelligence imperfectly flowered on one planet, what about all those other rocky planets? Terrestrial civilisation has been beaming microwave messages into space for 50 years, in the form of Coronation Street and I Love Lucy, Dr Who and Battlestar Galactica. And since April 1960 the astronomer Frank Drake and his colleagues in Seti, the search for extraterrestrial intelligence, have been listening for signals from those other, so-far invisible planets that surely must be orbiting those stars that are strewn across 100,000 light years of space.
And what have they heard? The random fizz and splutter of the accidental noise from pulsars and quasars, from hot gas and cold dust and exploding stars: otherwise, nothing. The sound of extraterrestrial life is the sound of silence.
Jared Wilson wrote a paragraph about chilling out to the glory of God. Justin Taylor linked to it. Then 130+ comments followed on the balance between leisure and work.
Bob Kellemen provides an extensive review of Brian McLaren’s A New Kind of Christianity, dealing with the pastoral implications of this book.
Another viewpoint on the Great Commission Resurgence: “What Does Scripture Say?”
Does Scripture have anything to say about a Great Commission Resurgence? Yes, indeed, it does. The question now is whether we will obey our Lord’s commission. Will we follow Him? Will we let Him rule His churches as He commands in Scripture? Will we make sure that we have all the fundamentals established? Will we then grow into the full maturity of His Great Commission — by going, making disciples, baptizing and teaching all His commands? Will we proclaim His Word faithfully?