Bible & hermeneutics: Sola Scriptura by Jonathan Storment
“… if the Ethopian Eunuch would have been a Protestant, when Philip would have come jogging along side of him, asking do you understand what you’re reading there. The Eunuch would have responded by saying ‘Of course, I’m literate. I have no problem understanding this.’ But he doesn’t. Instead he tells Phillip something I think is interesting. He says, ‘How can I? Unless someone explains it to me?’
“Worked into the Bible itself is the Bible pointing beyond itself. As if it’s incomplete, looking for a body. This is not to diminish the Bible. It’s to say what Jesus himself said in John 5, that Scripture points externally to the person of Jesus. Which just happens to be what Phillip does from there.”
Bigotry & prejudice: No Irish Need Apply: Group Prejudice in America by Chuck Warnock [required reading]
“It seems the dominant majority in America has always designated one or more groups as an inferior group in our society.”
China, Christian faith, oppression & persecution: How China Plans to Wipe Out House Churches
“Government sponsored persecution rose 42 percent in 2012.”
Evangelism & outreach: Memphis and Markets
“A church has four markets:
“1. Members/Attendees: These are us, they’re part of us, we share faith and life with them.
“2. Associated: These are people who know us and probably come into our building.
“3. Served: These people live in our city and we connect with them through our service.
“4. Distant: These are people who live outside our normal life connections. The only way we touch them is through mission.
“What we’re finding is that most churches pay redemptive attention to only two of these markets: their Members and the Distant people. And even with their Members the redemptive attention is minimal. If we’re going to impact the people in our networks we’ve got to pay redemptive attention to our Associated and our Served markets.”
“Intruders recently infiltrated the systems running the world’s largest online social network but did not steal any sensitive information about Facebook’s more than 1 billion users, according to a blog posting Friday by the company’s security team. The unsettling revelation is the latest breach to expose the digital cracks in a society and an economy that is storing an ever-growing volume of personal and business data online.”