Saturday, April 05, 2008

Blips on the Blogosphere 15

Young, Restless, Reformed...and So What? Scott Lamb reviews Colin Hansen's book, "Young, Restless, Reformed" and asks whether the surge of Calvinists today really represents a major influence/trend in Christianity, or if it's mostly a minor, "in-house" phenomenon. He raises good points about how those in the reformed camp should view their own "movement".

Al Mohler's articles look at trends in society and culture with keen insight, and from a reformed Christian perspective. In Marriage and the Glory of God Mohler reminds of that the biblical purpose of marriage is not primarily personal happiness but rather is a vehicle for developing personal holiness, to the glory of God.

And in Digital Natives and Digital Nomads -- New Tribes of the Internet Age Mohler reminds us that today's young generation, for good or bad, are children of the Internet, and that ministry in our age and into the future must appreciate this.

HERE A "CHRIST," THERE A "CHRIST," EVERYWHERE A "CHRIST-CHRIST"! A kind of spirituality that is "New Age" in its ideas has made its way into the church, and one of its biggest deceptions is presenting Christ not as the God-man who is Lord of Creation and to whom we must answer, but pointing people to the "christ" within themselves. Thus everyone is supposedly "indwelt by an immanent christ-spirit" by which the individual may realize their own "divinity". Read the above article for further insights on this phenomenon.

Book Review - "Still Growing" by Kirk Cameron
An autobiography by Kirk Cameron is reviewed by Tim Challies. With all the unfortunate models we have of celebrities whose fame and success ultimately proves to be their undoing, it is refreshing and inspiring to see one man's turned around for good by the power of faith in Jesus Christ.

How Do I Fit Rewards into My Grace Centered Theology? A Theology of Rewards
Michael Patton begin an interesting discussion about the theology behind rewards in heaven. Is the ability to performs works that earn us rewards in heaven (not works towards salvation of course), empowered by God's grace alone? Or is working for rewards properly seen as synergistic, so that one's efforts here on Earth is the determinative factor in the size of one's heavenly rewards?

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