Sunday Shorts (10/04)

And the Winner is…

The winner of the A Million Miles in a Thousand Years contest is Amber! Congratulations, Amber—your copy of A Million Miles in a Thousand Years will be on its way shortly.

Free Audio Book of the Month: Just Courage is offering Just Courage: God’s Great Expedition for the Restless Christian by Gary A. Haugen, president of International Justice Mission, as its free audio book of the month. Use the coupon code OCT2009 when purchasing.

Phil Johnson on Rob Bell: Performance Artist

Over at Pyromaniacs, Phil Johnson examines Rob Bell’s interview in the Boston Globe about how recovering the “spiritual context” of the word evangelical, from it’s use as as a synonym for “religious right-wing politicos”:

In fact, listen to Bell’s own cockamamie claim about what the term properly describes: “I embrace the term evangelical, if by that we mean a belief that we together can actually work for change in the world, caring for the environment, extending to the poor generosity and kindness, a hopeful outlook. That’s a beautiful sort of thing.”

So is that what Bell considers “a spiritual context,” or did he already forget what he had just been saying about how the term became politicized and corrupted in the first place? Hmmm.

HT: Challies

In Case You Missed It

Here are a few of this week’s notable posts:

Pray Without Ceasing, why prayer is essential in the life of a church and its people.

Book Review: A Million Miles in a Thousand Years, examining the good and bad of Donald Miller’s latest.

King Jesus, fixing our eyes on the wonder of the risen Christ.

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  • Dave

    Does this Phil Johnson guy ever publish any genuinely edifying material or is it all just anger and bile? I look at his material and I see little humility, and although I agree with some of the things he says… his tone makes me throw up. While I enjoy your stuff Aaron, I will not be reading Pyromaniacs.

    • Aaron Armstrong

      Hey Dave, yep, he does actually produce a great deal of edifying material (he’s got a lot of great articles and sermons at I can definitely see where you’re coming from regarding the tone, although I didn’t have the same reaction to it as you did.

  • Amber

    Thanks, Aaron!

    • Aaron Armstrong

      No problem – thanks for the entertaining story!

  • Michael Krahn

    Yawn – every time I actually make it over to the Pyro blog it’s the same deal. MacArthurites are so…. what’s the word?… so high on their own correctness that ever though I’m probably pretty close to them theologically they make me want to cheer for whoever their latest smear campaign is against.

  • Wes

    Glad to see others are disgruntled with the lack of love and compassion coming out of this camp…