In this edition of Exploring Hope, Keith Whitfield speaks with Nathan Finn, now the Dean of the School of Theology and Missions at Union University, about the importance of history for Christianity.
1) Russ Moore offers a compassionate reminder for churches to remember those who want to be but cannot be mothers on Mother’s Day.
2) At 9Marks, Jonathan Leeman answers several questions, including whether or not elders can be single and if young earth creationism is a primary or secondary matter for local churches. What are your thoughts on these topics?
3) At the American Conservative, Rod Dreher offers a pointed evaluation of the evangelical response (past, present, and future) to the advance of the gay rights movement in America. Among other points, he argues, “I think it’s simply true as a general matter that you can be as nice as you can be, and the world will still hate you. This is massively true when it comes to the gay rights question.”
4) An interesting explanation of what constitutes an insult of Muhammad for Muslims, from Daniel Akbari at WND. Akbari points out that insulting, not depicting, Muhammad was the spark for the recent attack in Garland, Texas.
Greg Mathias and Sam Morris continue their series on the digital age, social media, and the great commission. In their recent post, they discuss the use of social media in the context of the local church. Here’s an excerpt:
What is the purpose of the account? Determine how social media serves the needs of your church. Is it to only post announcements, or is it also for resourcing your people with good content? Answer these kinds of questions before you start any social media account. From there, develop a plan that targets the purpose of the account and the needs of your congregation.