Just came across this interesting post over here about a church in Texas converting to Judaism. I found two things very convicting. First, the author of the post stated that he “always found the Jewish apologetics more robust.” I honestly think there is something to this. At least on some level guys, typical evangelicalism of today really does have some weak “reasons” for why Christianity is not only true, but relevant. I don’t really know about Jewish apologetics on their own, but I wonder how much more “scholarly” their approach and conclusions are from good, evangelical scholars (the kind you won’t find in a Christian Book Store in the Target shopping center, for example). That being said, I feel fairly safe about what I wrote concerning the state of evangelical christianity apologetics. This is a sad reality, I’m affraid. The second thing that was really convicting was that the author recounted that the minister and his congregation are finding “new insights and heritage to explore.” This just begs the question what “bible” this church was reading before the conversion to Judaism. Even if they did what a lot of churches do these days, and equate the Scripture as New Testament only – Quick Aside, I recently heard at a church meeting someone ask the preacher when he was planning on preaching from one of the Gospels, because it had been a while since they had “heard the words and teachings of Jesus.” Don’t get me started on this one! – they wouldn’t have to read too far to realize that the NT sees the OT as its heritage. Galatians 3:27-29 says:
For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. And aif you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s offspring, heirs according to promise.
This is why we need to be careful with how we treat and understand God’s Word. It is His One story about redeeming a people for Himself in order to restore His world that has been ruined by sin.
Paste just published their Top 100 albums of 2007. I find it a little alarming (and maybe I’m just behind the times a bit, for a 29 year old), that there are enough new albums coming out each year that there can be a distinguished list of the Top 100 – not of all time, not of the decade, but of 1 year!!!
Anyway, I’m glad to see several great artists and albums in the Top 10 (a much more telling number in my opinion, than 100). Iron and Wine came in at #10 with The Sheperhd’s Dog (a great album definitely worth getting or checking out). Wilco was ranked #7 with Sky Blue Sky (good). I love – LOVE – that The Arcade Fire was ranked #2 with Neon Bible. But again in my opinion, this should have been #1. It is a fantastic album, with each song balancing fine musicianship, catchy (non-popy) tunes, and penetrating and soul-bearing lyrics.
My only complaint with the list (other than 100 is too many), is that Radiohead wasn’t in the Top 10; they came in at #12. I know these things are subjective, but c’mon! In Rainbows is a great Radiohead album (which is saying alot), and definitely one of the better ones of 2007! Check out the list for yourself (here).
Go to this site and vote for your favorite questions. This is for an upcoming series that Mars Hill Church in Seattle will preach through in the beginning of the year; we pick the questions, which will then be turned into topics and then Mark Driscoll and his teaching team will preach on those topics the first few weeks of 2008.
There are some great questions that would be interesting to hear Driscoll preach on. I don’t think the one about the rapture will get knocked out of the Top 10, but there are some other really good questions that are in contention. I’m actually pulling for the questions concerning Election and Baptism – just because those are topics I am studying and wrestling with, so I’d love to hear a preacher I respect and admire to address those issues. But figure out your own issues, go to the site, vote up to 10 times (either all different questions, or 10x for 1 if you wanted to), and lets see what Mark will preach on come 2008.
Click here to go to the Ask Anything site.