Recent Reads – A few articles for your afternoon…

Is Christian Apologetics Secular and Unbiblical?

“Penner’s thesis is thoughtful and provocative. He argues that the modern apologetic enterprise is no longer valid, in that tends toward an unbiblical and unchristian form of Christian witness and does not have the ability to attest truthfully to Christ in our postmodern context. Christians to need change their well-entrenched but ineffective vocabulary and move toward a new way of conceiving the apologetic task, characterized by love and grounded in God’s revelation.”

I had (and still have) loads of questions about Christianity, faith and God.  Apologetics, providing answers to questions about faith, has been helpful to me over the years if for no other reason then I realized I did not need to turn my brain off to be a Christian.  That said, I want to read Penner’s book because I do think that some Christian apologists and apologetic organizations are coming at things the wrong way.

The Irrelevance of Jesus to Congressman and Food Stamps

“It is astonishing to me that politicians who are eager to identify themselves as Christians so readily declare the irrelevance of Jesus. Not that they claim he is totally irrelevant. They are perfectly willing to acknowledge his importance in the fenced-in territory of private life. But when it comes to public life, the influence of Jesus is simply not welcome. Yes, he can have an unsubstantial ceremonial role. These politicians gladly appeal to his name while on the campaign trail and at public events they might fondly speak of him. But that’s about it.”

What I found most compelling about this article is that while some say there is not enough money to help those most in need in our country, there is still more than enough money to build more tanks even though the Army said they don’t want or need anymore tanks.  To me, that is a microcosm of the problem with our government today.

Dear Churches: This is How to talk About Clergy Sex Abuse.


Sex Part 2: Why Wait?

“We’ve made virginity the goal, when it is purity that we should be aiming for; They’re not the same thing. Sexual purity is a life long spiritual practice that doesn’t begin or end with a single sex act, just as it doesn’t begin or end on a wedding night. So when we are asked, “Why wait?”, we should have an answer that empowers and prepares people to choose wisely for a lifetime. We should be teaching people something they can carry with them beyond their first roll in the hay. Why wait? Um. Because you need to learn some freaking self-control. That’s why.”
Yes again!

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