In Case You Missed It

1) A must read article by Graeme Wood at The Atlantic on the apocalyptic dreams and motives of ISIS and how the U.S. and allies must understand these motives in order to successfully fight them.

2) On the note of ISIS, Russ Moore addressed the question of whether we should pray for the defeat or conversion of ISIS. Hint: it’s not an either/or answer.

3) Greg Mathias, Associate Director for the Center for Great Commission Studies, discusses how Christians ought to respond to the recent murder of three Muslim college students in Chapel Hill, NC.

4) Trevin Wax lists several questions that, if we answer no to them, show our unfaithfulness to Christ’s command to tell the good news about him.

5) At SEND Network, Paul Tripp writes about our difficulty with but need to minister to others during our own suffering.

How Richard John Neuhaus Changed the Way I Think

Today at Canon and Culture, Bruce Ashford, Provost and Associate Professor of Theology and Culture at Southeastern, discusses the impact of the late Richard John Neuhaus on his theology. Specifically, Ashford writes, Neuhaus helped him think through the connections of Christianity to the public square.

Here’s an excerpt:

In the early 1970s, in his mid-life, Neuhaus had risen to be a prominent liberal public intellectual, poised to be the next Reinhold Niebuhr. He had a sharp wit, golden tongue, and prolific pen. He had major left-wing credibility, having marched arm-in-arm with MLK who was a personal friend. In the late 1960s he became famous for co-founding (together with Jesuit priest Daniel Berrigan and Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel) Clergy and Laymen Concerned About Vietnam. He was at the dead center of the “in” crowd in New York City, speaking to Congress, appearing on news shows, and publishing in his pick of journals and magazines.

 

The great turning point of his life was Roe v. Wade. When abortion was legalized, Neuhaus opposed it because he believed humans were created in the image of God and therefore possessed a certain dignity.

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In Case You Missed It

1) Ed Stetzer made a strong argument for church planting as the key to revitalizing waning denominations.

2) From the New York Times, Ross Douthat examined the theology of President Obama, which is heavily indebted to Reinhold Niebuhr. Douthat argues that Obama’s dependence, though, reveals the limits of such theology applied to public life.

3) Also from the New York Times, David Brooks wrote a persuasive op-ed on the need for rigorous forgiveness in our society for the sake of our society. This was in response to the viral reactions to the growing Brian Williams scandal at NBC News.

4) Tim Challies penned a thoughtful and helpful set of guidelines for how he prays for God’s protection over his children.

5) Trevin Wax, SEBTS PhD student and Managing Editor of Lifeway’s Gospel Project, notes that we should not “assume evangelicalism” in presentations of the church’s mission.rpg online mobile game