Month: October 2012

Viewing Reviews of Rachel Held Evans’

Whoopi and Rachel may get into the sister act on The View tomorrow. I think that would be fun to watch. Alas I will not be near a television and so will depend on YouTube or another source for the clip.

Today on the Out of Ur blog Matt Mikalatos offered keen insight into reviewing books. I found his illustrations both telling and important. It is not uncommon to be taken out of context. But, when one is scolded for a lack of context by herself being taken out of context it seems to render the verdict unjustifiable, even if the psychology of disagreement is in tact.

I read a few of the early reviews. I noted posts by Christian Piatt and Jerry Faught. I read Kathy Keller’s piece as well as those by Pete Enns, Ben Witherington 3, and Roger Olsen. Before I comment which way I might go with the book, I find it telling that the reviews seem to track a priori commitments to one’s position on gender roles.


Contributing to Gospel Husbands – Why?

In our most introspective moments husbands may question just how good we are at the role. My friend Mark Riddle described the lack of rites of passage young people experience in our culture. I know. There are milestones – puberty, driver’s license, high school graduation, registering for the draft, and reaching the legal age. But these are not the same as rites of passage.

Tribal cultures understand the need to provide direction and affirmation to young men and women to signal the community is with them and confident they will become participants in a given culture/society. I have often likened it to the “atta boy” signal a Dad gives a son or the “you will be fine” a mother signals to her daughter.

Absent rites of passage boys and girls look for signals from respected adults, if not their parents, that they are doing well. When boys and girls fail to either distinguish these signs or to receive them, we often enter marriage with an acute need to know we are doing well in our new found roles.

Joshua Breland invited me to write for a website he started, Gospel Husbands. Read More

Race Is No Longer an Issue? or, Maybe My SBC Friends Will Rethink Our Progress

Recently Dwight McKissic raised issue with a Texas Baptist pastor who was against Mitt Romney before he was for him. He noted that once Romney won the nod for the Republican Presidential nomination, said pastor softened his rhetoric and amped up his support. In the piece, Dwight reminded his readers the SBC refused to consider his resolution decrying racism contained in Mormon documents.

The comments betrayed the commenters when it landed on an SBC blog. Many seemed incredulous that Dwight would dare play the race card. We have moved on.  “Why can’t he move on,” seemed to bubble to the surface. It appears my SBC friends may need to rethink the progress we think we have made – at least in our Country. And, I would imagine since the SBC allies so strongly with the Republican party we need to reconsider the matter in our own ranks. Read More

Weekly Wrap – Maybe You Missed These Posts

College Game Day is in Norman. The hosts just donned masks and portrayed the coaches from the top 4 BCS teams. Each stated their case as to why they should make the title game. Quite premature to this Sooner fan.

Here are posts from this week you may have missed. Enjoy your Saturday.

Dwight McKissic and His Candidate of Choice – “McKissic is calling for a more robust Christian vision for all of life. Candidly Dwight locates issues of abortion, slavery, women’s suffrage, poverty, and historically oppressed people along the same plane.”

Block and Brueggemann on the Election – Block describes the way Brueggemann helped him consider Meaningless Narratives. Incidentally if you have not read Block’s book, Community: The Structure of Belonging, do yourself a favor and pick it up.

Underneath the Tunic or, What do Rachel Held Evans and Rob Bell Have in Common? – “Equal treatment. Rachel Held Evans and Rob Bell suffered the same hammer when facing the prospects of offering a different vision for how we talk about others in relationship to our pronouncements as final. For many the hammer is the only tool in the box and everyone who disagrees, or poses a different possibility, becomes the nail. Criticism is egalitarian.”

First to Turn – Friday Photo – Fall colors emerge amidst the holdouts.

Do “Nones” Believe Church is Getting in the Way? – Must the Church be the culprit?

Do “Nones” Believe Church Is Getting In the Way?

Much has been said about the recent survey noting the increase of a group called the “Nones.” I ran onto this video and wondered, “What would your thoughts be?”