Mark Stevens writes, Brian LePort has been posting a series entitled ‘Educating the Local Church‘. From what I can tell the series was born out of his frustration with the churches’ attitude towards academic; especially theology and Biblical studies. Mark goes on to write, The job of an academic is to teach truth via facts. An academic teaches information and equips the mind. The job of the pastor, and dare I say it the church as a whole, is to teach people how to live the faithfully as the people of God. I would disagree with Mark but only in a very
It all started, as it usually does, with something Daniel Kirk wrote, namely this: Dear pastor, it is not enough to huddle with your buddies over beer or in your internet discussion room and talk about what a bunch of sexist bastards your fellow pastors are in your denomination. If you are not working to change what women can do, you are promoting and sustaining the sexism that you deride in private. If you are not opening up space in your church for women to preach and teach, you are promoting and sustaining the sexism that denies the truth
Don’t ask me how I got it, but I did: Poor, poor Mark….
Mark Stevens sent me a book to read on my long flight to China! What is better than N.T. Wright? We have grown used to the battles over Jesus—whether he was human or divine, whether he could do miracles or just inspire them, whether he even existed. Much of the church defends tradition, while critics take shots at the institution and its beliefs. But what if these debates have masked the real story of Jesus? What if even Jesus’s defenders have been so blinded by their focus on defending the church’s traditions that they have failed to grapple with
Mark Stevens, whom I occasionally profess undying love for on facebook, has written a piece, which while interesting, fails to get to the whole of the issue. I wonder the academic world of writing and teaching has an allure reminiscent of celebrity pastors and mega-churches; but for the scholarly wannabes. Most churches in Australia and America average 100 people and yet most of the best seeling authors on such matters pastor churches of thousands! Likewise, most PhDs don’t get book deals which bring in the dough or the notoriety. They work faithfully in Bible colleges and seminaries without ever
Australia is to remove the birth of Jesus as a reference point for dates in school history books. Under the new politically correct curriculum, the terms BC (Before Christ) and AD (Anno Domini) will be replaced with BCE (Before Common Era) and CE (Common Era). The Archbishop of Sydney, Peter Jensen, yesterday condemned the move as an ‘intellectually absurd attempt to write Christ out of human history’. I love this quote: ‘Australia is what it is today because of the foundations of our nation in the Judeo-Christian heritage that we inherited from Western civilization,’ he said. via Australia goes