Listen to this audio where Len discusses his reasons for not joining the Beatitudes Society or the Red Letter Christian movement.
Do you agree or disagree and why? If you agree, what other reasons would you add?
Last week I watched a documentary about the Canadian rock band Rush.
While I really like some of their songs, I’m not a Rush fan. I don’t follow their work, don’t own any of their albums, and couldn’t name half of their songs.
But after watching the documentary, I have monumental appreciation and respect for this musical trio: Geddy (bassist/vocalist/keyboard); Alex (guitarist); Neil (drums/lyrics).
Here’s why:[Continue Reading…]
On Monday’s blog, I talked about misrepresentations. It was the prelude to yesterday’s post and today’s post.
Today’s post features an analysis written by Eric Hilliard (one of Amazon’s most sophisticated book reviewers) on the book WHY WE LOVE THE CHURCH by DeYoung/Kluck.
Eric’s analysis is powerful and bristles with seminal insights.
On yesterday’s blog, I talked about misrepresentations. And I appreciated the kind and insightful comments on that post. Some observed that this was a very different way of looking at and responding to misrepresentation.
It’s yet another example of how the Lord’s value system and way of observing things is so different from our own. We are all in “the School of Christ” together, so it’s a privilege to learn from one another.
Here is the first analysis I promised. It was written by Jon Zens, and it’s just brilliant. Amazing, even. It includes a great deal of awesome teaching also. Note that Jon, being the noble brother that he is, first sent this analysis to Jim privately, asking for his feedback.
Tomorrow I will publish an insightful analysis on the book WHY WE LOVE THE CHURCH by DeYoung/Kluck.[Continue Reading…]
August 30, 2010
“People understand me so poorly that they don’t even understand my complaint about them not understanding me.”
It’s common courtesy in the academic world to send a manuscript which critiques someone else’s work to the author of that work before the manuscripts is published and circulated (via a blog, magazine article, or book).
The reason is simple. Intellectual honesty demands accuracy in the critique. It’s important to truthfully and fairly represent someone’s work when critiquing it. Without such, straw-man arguments get passed off as honest critiques. This breeds the misrepresentation of a person’s work (which is largely exacerbated by the Internet, which is noted for making misinformation viral).
One of the lessons God has taught me is that He sovereignly uses misrepresentation for His own purposes. It’s yet another case of God doing what He’s so good at – writing straight with crooked lines.[Continue Reading…]
This blog post will feature two responses. The first is a response to a critique that Jon Cardwell wrote on my new book Jesus Manifesto before it released. I was monumentally impressed with Jon when he personally reached out to me and invited me to respond to his critique. He was both gracious and up-standing to do so.
I accepted his invitation and responded. Jon kept his word and posted my response on his blog as a “guest blog post” the second he said he would. Jon and I have had very friendly interchanges since then. He told me that he was very happy with my response, which I found encouraging.
Back to that in a minute.
The second response is to Mark Driscoll. I don’t know Mark, and I don’t follow his ministry. I’ve never heard a talk by him nor have I ever read any of his books. I’ve never felt compelled to. While we don’t know each other, we have a number of mutual friends. I have heard that he’s brought many young people in the Northwest USA to Jesus (a very difficult place to have a Christian witness). And I rejoice wherever the gospel is preached and people are brought to the Lord, regardless (see Philippians 1). So I am thankful for this.[Continue Reading…]
JESUS MANIFESTO is deliberately “show” rather than “tell.” It attempts to deliver a vision rather than a recipe. A song rather than a system.
Another question I’ve been axed recently is, “How does Jesus Manifesto fit in with your other books on the church, in particular your rechurch series?”
For those of you who may not know, my ReChurch series is made up of 5 books:
You can think of these five books as 5 spokes in a wheel. Jesus Manifesto is the hub of the wheel as well as the rim. (Thank you Joey Beaher for the graphic.)[Continue Reading…]