Augustine for the Americans

Yesterday, Canon and Culture posted Bruce Ashford’s essay on Augustine’s relevance for 21st century American Christians, “Augustine for Americans: Lessons on Christianity & Public Life from a Fifth-Century North African Theologian.”

Here’s an excerpt:

Augustine worked hard to understand his cultural context, immersing himself in the historical, political, philosophical, and religious literature of his day. We, too, should work hard to understand the cultural context of our day. If, as Rieff argues, culture undergirds social order and if we live in a day when many of our culture-makers are producing deathworks, then our (American) service to God includes the necessity of exposing these deathworks for what they are. We dare not wait until Rome is burning to raise the alarm.

Read the full post here. It will be worth your time.

In Case You Missed It

1) At Canon and Culture, Andrew Walker has an interesting interview with Ryan Anderson on physician-assisted suicide.

2) From First Things, Carl Trueman discusses the nature of pastoral language and political rhetoric, especially as such rhetoric relates to sexual ethics (or the lack thereof).

3) Mike Leake, at Pastors Today, offers four reasons why we should write out prayer requests.

4) The guys at Baptist 21 have a series of posts on the need, in their eyes, for change to state conventions. Whether or not you agree with their take, it points to the importance of the conversation.

5) Finally, at TGC, Mike McKinley reminds us that Jesus — not our efforts here or to the ends of the earth — ensures that the Great Commission will not fail.

In Case You Missed It

1) Mark Liederbach, Professor of Theology, Ethics, and Culture and Dean of Students at Southeastern, writes at Canon and Culture about the truly biblical pursuit of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

2) Russ Moore describes how Christians can and should share and model the gospel with those impacted by the abortion culture in which we live.

3) The folks at First Things reprinted the famous pro-life speech by the late Richard John Neuhaus. Great call to prayer and action: “We shall not weary, we shall not rest until every unborn child is protected in law and welcomed in life.” 

4) Managing Editor of the Gospel Project and SEBTS PhD student, Trevin Wax, gives a good reminder to dads: accept your kids’ invitation into their lives.

5) This week SEBTS held its opening convocation for the spring semester. Danny Akin preached on Acts 10:1–48 and the gospel for all nations.