Sunday Shorts (03/08)

“Stop Talking about Jesus”

Mars Hill Church’s blog regularly posts the testimonies of members of their growing church in a series called Changed by Jesus. The story of this anonymous young woman grabbed my attention as it begins:

Dear Pastor Mark,

Please stop talking about Jesus. Please stop talking about sin.

You keep ripping my little Christian family’s world to pieces, and your teaching keeps bringing out secrets.

Read the rest of this story and more stories of transformation at the MHC blog.

Speaking of Mars Hill…

Monday begins an aggressive Acts 29 Boot Camp for potential church planters hosted at MHC. The goal is to equip 900 men to become church planters in A29 and campus pastors for future Mars Hill locations. And according to a Facebook note Saturday afternoon, Mark Driscoll has lost his voice due to an aggressive infection, with no less than 8 sermons (including his regular Sunday commitments. Please be praying for him, even if you don’t dig his style.

And: The Most Theologically Important Christian Word

Hunter Beaumont begins a series on the import of the word “And” to Christian theology:

“And” is the most theologically important Christian word. We can’t even describe God without it. He is Father and Son and Holy Spirit: three persons, one substance. The same goes for Jesus, fully God and fully man in one person.

Read the rest here

ESV Online Study Bible for Free

Crossway, publisher of the #1 bestselling ESV Study Bible, announced today that it will make the highly acclaimed ESV Online Study Bible available free online to anyone, anywhere, for a limited time beginning today, March 2, 2009.

Why We Love the Church

Ted Kluck and Kevin DeYoung, authors of Why We’re Not Emergent (by two guys who should be), have teamed up once again to bring us Why We Love the Church: In Praise of Institutes and Organized Religion. Here’s the product description (courtesy of Amazon):

Why We Love the Church presents the case for loving the local church.  It paints a picture of the local church in all its biblical and real life guts, gaffes, and glory in an effort to edify local congregations and entice the disaffected back to the fold.  It also provides a solid biblical mandate to love and be part of the body of Christ and counteract the “leave church” books that trumpet rebellion and individual felt needs.
Why We Love the Church is written for four kinds of people – the Committed, the Disgruntled, the Waffling & the Disconnected. 

I really enjoyed Why We’re Not Emergent’s charm and humility in addressing a very contentious subject (a review is forthcoming) and I’m hopeful that Why We Love the Church will be just as entertaining and thought-provoking. Why not preorder a copy today

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