September 3, 2014

Here. There. This. That.

Living the Cross Centered Life : Keeping the Gospel the Main ThingA few notes on this and that.

C.J. Mahaney’s assistant, Carolyn McCulley, sent me two books by C.J., and I’m very grateful. One is a “combined” volume of C.J.’s book on The Cross Centered Life (which my church did for Lent two years ago) and Christ the Mediator. Now combined into one volume, called Living the Cross Centered Life, this is about as good as it gets. Christ-centered. Irenic. Positive. Practical. Helpful. The kind of solid devotional/practical teaching that so many Christians are starving for. I highly recommend all these books, and especially want to praise the new edition. (UPDATE: Why are some of you surprised that I like these books?)

It’s wonderful to read intense Christianity that knows sin is the enemy, not the church down the street.

My friend Carl Olson at Ignatius Insight Scoop (gotta do something with that name, Carl) has linked a post here and made some interesting observations from the point of view of a Roman Catholic convert. One commenter has predicted my conversion, but Carl didn’t link my best post on why I am not, and never will be, a Roman Catholic. (Sorry, guys.) My essay Yo Ho Ho! A Papist’s Life For Me? has my best response, but it’s in the last third of the essay and is often missed.

Carl and friends might enjoy my pictures from this week’s retreat at St. Meinrad Archabbey in Indiana.

Most of my comments at a certain TR blog are banned these days. I haven’t deleted or edited a comment here at IM in the last six months, even with moderated comments. The comment that keeps getting deleted has to do with the continued Mccarthyism of saying things like “If you deny you are emergent, you are emergent” (Actually said!) and the wholesale smearing of people like Mark Driscoll, The Acts 29 Network, Chris Seay, Andrew Jones and many more by TR watchbloggers saying that “emerging=heresy” and “emerging=denial of propositional truth” and all kinds of other nonsense. I keep posting the title of Driscoll’s new book, and asking if he is a heretic: Confessions of a Reformission Rev.: Hard Lessons from an Emerging Missional Church. If Driscoll is using this word, as are many other conservative missionaries to the American culture, why is there a relentless smear campaign to say that the word itself equals heresy?

I note that the Macarthur Baptists like to call their churches “Community Churches.” Why they are avoiding the name that Spurgeon used, I don’t know. Are they on the downgrade? But what is particularly ironic is the fact that “Community Churches” also include hundreds of Word-Faith churches, Warrenite/Hybels Churches and doctrine-less seeker churches. What if I started a campaign that “Community Church” equals jello-spined compromise? Well, I’d be an idiot. For obvious reasons. The word itself is not limited to the worst associations it has accumulated. Fred Phelps is a Baptist, you know.

The lunacy won’t stop, I’m afraid. Nor will I stop insisting that actual engagement with the emerging church will reveal conservative/liberal versions of the missional approach to planting churches among American postmoderns.