The Hymns That Haunt Us | Christianity Today

The Hymns That Haunt Us | Christianity Today.

David Neff on the witnessing power of good church music.

Really worth reading.

Nicholas Kristof on the Kony Viral Video – Strictly Common Sense

My friends know already that I have a lot of respect for the New York Times journalist Nicholas Kristof.

I this recent article he takes to task the criticisms leveled at the viral Kony video. Really common sense, I would say.

Here are a few quotes: Continue reading “Nicholas Kristof on the Kony Viral Video – Strictly Common Sense”

Why Last Saturday’s Political Conclave of Evangelical Leaders Was Dangerous | Christianity Today | A Magazine of Evangelical Conviction

Why Last Saturday’s Political Conclave of Evangelical Leaders Was Dangerous | Christianity Today | A Magazine of Evangelical Conviction.

Recently an important number of American Evangelical leaders met privately in a ‘king making’ exercise, endorsing the Republican Rick Santorum for US presidency.

David Neff, from Christianity Today believes this is very dangerous, and I fully agree, because this affects the ability of the church to play its prophetic role.

I quote from Neff: Continue reading “Why Last Saturday’s Political Conclave of Evangelical Leaders Was Dangerous | Christianity Today | A Magazine of Evangelical Conviction”

David Neff – An Interview with Mark Noll on the Foundation of the Evangelical Mind

In 1994, Wheaton College historian Mark Noll published The Scandal of the Evangelical Mind—”an epistle from a wounded lover” that decried the anti-intellectualism of evangelical religious culture. Noll’s newest book, Jesus Christ and the Life of the Mind (Eerdmans, released in August), devotes far less space to criticism and offers instead a foundational vision: The basic truths of Christian faith are the key to Christian scholarship. Christianity Today editor in chief David Neff recently spoke with Noll (now teaching at the University of Notre Dame) about the book.

Although it’s not the main subject of Jesus Christ and the Life of the Mind, most people will want to know: Are you more optimistic today about the state of the evangelical mind than you were 17 years ago?

I am more optimistic, though not overwhelmingly so. The problems endemic to modern Western culture undercut Christian thinking the same way they undercut every other kind of serious intellectual life. The tendencies among evangelicals that undercut serious reflection are also still pretty strong—for example, the populism and the immediatism, the idea that if there is a problem, we have to solve it right away. Continue reading “David Neff – An Interview with Mark Noll on the Foundation of the Evangelical Mind”

Mark Galli – Easter Prayer

O Risen Lord, be our resurrection and life.

Be the resurrection and the life for us and all whom you have made.

Be the resurrection and the life for those caught in the grip of sin and addiction.

Be the resurrection and the life for those who feel forsaken. Continue reading “Mark Galli – Easter Prayer”

The Man Who Wouldn’t Be Bishop – Stott Turned 90

John Stott turns 90 on Wednesday 27 April. May the Lord bless richly uncle John, as he has blessed many of us with his life.

David Neff, from Christianity Today, wrote a short article in his honour. Here is how it begins:

John R. W. Stott, a key architect of 20th-century evangelicalism, turns 90 on April 27. Mark your calendar to thank God that day for the man known around the world as “Uncle John.” Continue reading “The Man Who Wouldn’t Be Bishop – Stott Turned 90”

Cape Town Commitment: A Confession of Faith and a Call to Action

The Lausanne Movement has published today the final document of the Lausanne II Congress in Cape Town. Here is the message I have received from Doug Birdsall, the executive leader of this movement:

Dear Danut,

I’m pleased to let you know that the completed ‘Cape Town Commitment: A Confession of Faith and a Call to Action’ is now available online at www.lausanne.org/ctcommitment.

Our thanks to Dr. Chris Wright and the Statement Working Group for their tremendous work in drawing together what was said at Cape Town 2010 so this document could be a true reflection of the Congress voices. Continue reading “Cape Town Commitment: A Confession of Faith and a Call to Action”

David Neff reviews a biography of Rick Warren

Like many teenagers, the adolescent Rick Warren wanted to be a rock star. Living in Mendocino County, California, in the sixties, he actually met some, working as a volunteer stagehand for the Golliwogs, a precursor to Creedence Clearwater Revival, and Big Brother and the Holding Company, whose lead singer was Janis Joplin. According to Jeffery L. Sheler‘s Prophet of Purpose: The Life of Rick Warren (Doubleday Religion), the future megachurch pastor and best-selling author looked the part: “tall and thin with long blond Beatle bangs swept across his forehead.” Continue reading “David Neff reviews a biography of Rick Warren”

David Neff – Review of The Concert by Radu Mihaileanu

The Concert‘s story line begins believably enough. The Communist Party apparatchik who controls the Soviet Union’s prized Bolshoi Orchestra orders symphony conductor Andrei Filipov (Aleksei Guskov) to fire his Jewish and Gypsy musicians. The conductor refuses, and the agent of the all-invasive state lays off all the orchestra’s musicians and reassigns the conductor to the role of janitor at the Bolshoi. Russia’s legendary anti-Semitism renders the story’s initial premise soberly credible. Continue reading “David Neff – Review of The Concert by Radu Mihaileanu”

N. T. Wright appointed to Chair at St Andrews

I have just found out, from an announcement made on Facebook by David Neff, from Christianity Today, that NT Wright, the famous Biblical scholar, has decided to leave his position as Anglican Bishop of Durham (on 31 August) and return to the academia, holding a Chair as Research Professor of New Testament and Early Christianity at the University of St. Andrews, in Scotland.

Continue reading “N. T. Wright appointed to Chair at St Andrews”