Each Friday, we share links we found especially interesting or inspiring during the previous week.
Dr. Stan Fowler, an emeritus professor at my school, reflects on the "Toronto Blessing," which promoted the Vineyard movement in the 80's. Dr. Fowler has been, without a doubt, the most encouraging professor I have had thus far. He's a man of the word of God, and he knows exactly how to disagree and debate with kindness, grace, and knowledge. I'm at the place in life now where I have more in common with this 72 year old professor than I do with people my own age. Any time he writes, I read.
Here are two links that made me think:
Deconstructing Destruction in the Church: Loving One Another - Stephan Unthank
Mature Christian love works hard to care for a sister who voted differently than you did, or a brother who’s economic philosophy challenges yours. As one friend has wisely put it, “whether you’re a member of this party or that party, the local church is where we learn to love our enemies, forsake our tribalism, and beat our swords into plowshares and spears into pruning hooks.”
In Which I Call Todd Pruitt an Angry Conservative (on purpose) and Prove Carl Trueman Right (accidentally) - Coralie Cowan.
The issue of celebrity isn’t that we feel a sense of intimacy or relationship with someone else. It is that we don’t really believe they are real. We create an idol of them in our mind, and mold it in our image. They are not image bearing humans, they are fictional characters in our mental world.
How Can God Forgive Me? - Amy Hall
God’s forgiveness is not merely a matter of His will. It’s not merely an expression of His power or His authority. It’s not a decision to temporarily suspend His justice because “being God” gives Him the right to sweep evil away unpunished. It’s so much more beautiful, and solid, and unshakable than that.