October 22, 2017

Riffs: 7:21:06

merton01.jpgWithout a doubt, there are no words to describe the working over Tom Merton is getting at the hands of the TR watchbloggers. Apparently, Merton is a candidate for the antiChrist and the source of all that’s wrong in evangelicalism. Pretty good for a guy who died by getting tangled up with a fan in 1968 and never entered an evangelical church or school in his life. As sordid a misrepresentation of someone in Christian history as I’ve ever seen. Just the totally inability to understand monasticism itself is stunning, much less what Merton is talking about most of the time.

Here’s one of my several posts on good brother Tom. Several good links.

John Parker’s “A Guide For The Cineplexed” is one of the better critiques of the seeker-sensitive, market-driven church growth strategy that I’ve read in a while. An example of the excellent stuff in Touchstone Magazine.

Here’s a question: Will Mark Dever be called out by Apprising, Slice and EmergentNO for participating in a conference with Father Richard John Neuhaus, famous convert to the Roman Catholic Church? Does Neuhaus rub off, or is it just Mclaren?

Steve McCoy’s Missional Baptist Blog is going out of business. No doubt, it has something to do with this shocking photograph.

“To think that there are now pastors of churches, leaders of youth groups and members of boards of SBC entities who are promoting moderation rather than total abstinence shows just how far down the road to apostasy we have traveled.” -Dr. Jerry Vines. So now agreeing with the plain teaching of scripture is “apostasy.” Apostasy. How far down the road of ignoring sola scriptura have we travelled?

We’re sending our worship leader here at OBI to Worship ’06.

Lexington Herald-Leader religion writer Frank Lockwood is the Bible Belt Blogger. Some interesting posts. Add him to your reading list.

Summer School at OBI ended today. With mom’s passing, it was a hard second half. I’m glad to have a few days off. I also have an invitation to preach at a church here in the county, and will appreciate your prayers as I preach the Gospel. Clay and Denise are going to see the new M. Night movie. Reviews have scared me off.

It’s really interesting believing that there are more people that belong to Jesus than just yourself and a small list of friends.

Comments

  1. CaldoniaSun says:

    “It’s really interesting believing that there are more people that belong to Jesus than just yourself and a small list of friends.”

    Interesting? It’s been the quickest way I know of to alienate many of your “church friends.” Suddenly, people you’ve know for a long time eye you warily and begin quoting Scripture AT you.

    I wonder where you are heading, IM. I was where you are (ISTM) several years ago. The frustrations mounted,and eventually I resigned from ministry in evangelical churches. I took my time, did my research, and eventually made the decision to cross the Bosphorus. I may never completely embrace all that EO espouses, but I must say that even with what I question within EO, it has been healing and restorative; I needed to get off the contemporary evangelical merry-go-round before I completely lost my balance!

  2. I have some problems with Thomas Merton, myself, but more because he seemed to be headed in the direction of non-Catholic meditation methods, etc. That article made me feel dirty, especially with so much wrong in it.

    Spiritual direction can be good with the right director and with the right ideas about it.

    I guess the author has never experienced a “Dark Night of the Soul”

  3. Wow. That Merton article that you linked to is so bad that it must surely be a spoof! I haven’t read any of Merton, but I would like to someday, and I won’t be dissuaded simply because some TR crank calls him the Antichrist.

  4. dpaultaylor57 says:

    “Here’s a question: Will Mark Dever be called out by Apprising, Slice and EmergentNO for participating in a conference with Father Richard John Neuhaus?”

    OTOH, who cares? As a Christian, I am embarrassed even to be associated with these amateurish, narrow-minded, self-righteous sites. There is an ongoing need for study and research to maintain sound doctrine, but not by people of this caliber. I can find it elsewhere.

    If they want to contribute posts to sites whose credibility approximates print publications that feature photos of two-headed babies, fine, but don’t expect to be taken seriously by the rest of us. That they even have followings is a sign that our standards have sunk so low that now we’re “selling even the sweepings with the wheat” (Amos 8:6). We can do a lot better than this.