To Whet Your Appetite: 10/28/11

Every once in a while I will post links to articles or webpages that I find interesting, insightful, or hilarious. No one is paying me to do this but I wouldn’t mind it…sort of kidding.

“Hokey religions and ancient weapons are no match for a good blaster at your side, kid.”

There has been a lot of controversy surrounding the Elephant Room 2. If you don’t know, the Elephant Room is the brain child of pastor James MacDonald where a bunch of influential pastors gather around and have straight shooting conversations about different issues facing the church such as multi-site vs. single site churches and whether or not playing “Highway to Hell” is a good way to reach the culture with the Gospel. Today Grace to You, the ministry under John “The Godfather” MacArthur, offered its take on what the Elephant Room is really trying to accomplish. Legitimate or not, I have to admit that the Elephant room is extremely entertaining.

Recently in the New York Times, Karl W. Giberson and Randall J. Stephens rebuked evangelicals and fundamentalist Christians for holding to “simplistic theology, cultural isolationism, and stubborn anti-intellectualism.” Tuesday, Dr. Albert Mohler, president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, responded to the article in defense of biblical truth.

Multi-site churches are a hot topic in the evangelical world. Many of the largest churches in the nation are multi-site but this does not mean that all are happy about their emergence. Here is a recent panel from Baptist21 discussing the biblical and practical merits of multi-site churches. One of the panelists, James MacDonald (pastor of a multi-site church), wrote a blog post admitting to a couple difficulties with being a multi-site pastor.

By the way, Coldplay just released their new album and in my opinion it is excellent. Here is a review from the crew at Relevant Magazine.


Endangered Minds

Recently I had the opportunity to go to the world famous San Diego Zoo and visit some critters. Seeing live animals normally viewed on a TV screen was surreal—and smelly.

I noticed in front of every animal habitation a sign describing the specific species within the exhibit. Included on the sign was a rating system showing how endangered that species was.

An endangered species is that which is in danger of extinction. At any moment they could be wiped off the face of the earth

One of the species at the zoo in greatest danger of extinction was the panda. I presume it is because they are captured by pandacidal maniacs and forced to do Panda Express ads.

I know I do

It was really sad to see these cute and cuddly fur balls rolling around in the bamboo and imagine them as extinct. Who wants a world without pandas?

In light of the looming pandapocalypse, many people have gone to great lengths to save these lovable creatures. But they are not the only ones who are endangered.

Another creature has recently been faced with extinction—the Christian mind.

This is not to imply that Christians are losing their minds, although many would argue that some have, but instead that the mind Christians ought to have is endangered.

The Apostle Paul commands his recipients in Rome to offer their bodies “as a living sacrifice” to God (12:1). Most Christians would acknowledge this as a noble goal. Paul notes that this goal is only achieved through refusing to be “conformed to this world” and instead seeking to be “transformed by the renewal of your mind” (12:2).

Living for God is only accomplished with a renewed mind and a mind is renewed through knowledge of God’s Word (Colossians 3:10). All of God’s Word is profitable and capable of fully equipping a believer for “every good work” (2 Timothy 3:16-17).

Sadly, the renewed mind is disappearing from Christian society. This is significant because if a believer’s mind is not being transformed then they will not be a living sacrifice for God. Instead, many believers are looking to other sources to shape their thinking, their values, their beliefs, their goals, and their decisions. These substitutes end up shaping their lives instead of God.

This blog is a whimsical attempt at pushing our endangered minds back towards the Bible.

Most posts will be spent interpreting culture, books, movies, TV, beliefs, lifestyle, and values all through the Bible.

My goal is not to create a bunch of little mini-me’s, which would only be helpful if I wanted to take over the world. My goal is to do the best I can to point our wandering minds to God’s revealed truth. Feel free to disagree with me because in the end I don’t really matter.

Included in the near future will be different kinds of posts throughout the weeks. Some will review books. Some will look at different movies and music and see what Christians can glean from them if anything. Some will examine current events in the world and church through a biblical lens. Some will be short studies through the Word of God. Others will be different observations, links, articles, and surprises.

Endangered Minds is about the constant Christian struggle to view the world through a biblical lens. We know the good we ought to do but obedience is a battle.

Let’s fight together.