Worth a Look 9.23.10
My friend Jesse has begun a blog called “The Salutation Project.” His concept is intriguing. Every day, he writes about a new person he has met:
The idea is simple; meet one new person every day for a year and post (anonymously as I can) what I’ve learned about them and, if possible, about myself.
Jed Coppenger gives a brief definition and overview of Baptist21:
In our minds, B21 carries the idea of continuity and discontinuity. In terms of continuity, we believe that the things that made Baptists distinctive in previous generations are still relevant today. So, we want to continue to advance Regenerate Membership, Local Church Autonomy, Redemptive Church Discipline, Believer’s Baptism by Immersion, Congregationalism, and Religious Liberty.
In regards to discontinuity, we believe that being Baptist in the 21st century will look differently than it did in the 20th century in many contexts. We believe that churches should have a greater awareness of the changing culture. Just as missionaries study the culture of the people that they are trying to reach so that they can communicate the gospel meaningfully and effectively, Baptists should have an awareness of these things as they advance the kingdom of Christ.
Michael Patton says “Give Rick Warren a break!”
If we are hanging out on theology corner looking for a fight, we can find one. We will also always have an audience who is willing to watch and cheer as we beat someone up. But what we will find is that we become blood thirsty after a few rounds. The cheers of the crowd will become our heroine. However, in the end, we might discover that we are punching the face of our brother.
We need to be theologically discerning. We need “appraise” things. But when we realize that this is all we are doing, I think we need to appraise ourselves.
Take a look at the armless piano player from China: