What I Read Online – 10/08/2010 (p.m.)

09 Oct
    • The final failure of American Christianity is a result of the first two: the faith and lifestyles of many Christians are so indistinct as to be syncretistic, a mixture of weak Christianity and heathen ideas. Such faith would be unrecognizable to the apostles and many Christians throughout history. Syncretism is seen in the runaway popularity among Christians of such pagan expressions as The Shack, The Secret, Avatar, and Glen Beck’s revivalism. It is seen in the lives of Christians who proclaim their love for Jesus on the same Facebook that shows pictures of themselves scantily clad in bikinis or trashy Halloween costumes.
    • Our host, John Piper had taken some heat pre-conference by inviting Rick Warren of Saddleback to speak. In the end he couldn’t make it and spoke on video, this was disappointing all round, especially as the round table discussion planned with Piper might have yielded some interesting points. Warren certainly quoted lots of Scripture and offered his usual approach to practical application – three rules for this, five principles to help you with that, ten steps to healthy whatever – there was certainly a challenge to look over my recent sermons and ask the ‘so what?’ question. I think Piper got it right when he expressed awe at the sheer communicative skill of the man but also concern about the dangers of a ministry built on application. In the end we want people not just to survive the immediate local difficulty they are going though but to lay a foundation of biblical truth that will still be with them in 30 years time. The only other observation about this invitation comes from the reaction to ordinary folks at the conference, these were not pastors and some had obviously struggled in churches and in groups where Rick Warren’s pragmatic and programatic material had caused real confusion and some pain.
    • “Each night I spend about three-quarters of an hour reading to them. I first of all read some book like Algonquin Indian Tales, or the poetry of Scott or Macaulay. Once I read them Jim Bludsoe, which perfectly enthralled them and made Quentin ask me at least a hundred questions …. I have also been reading them each evening from the Bible. It has been the story of Saul, David and Jonathan. They have been so interested that several times I have had to read them more than one chapter. Then each says his prayers and repeats the hymn he is learning …. Each finally got one hymn perfect, whereupon in accordance with previous instructions from mother I presented each of them with a five-cent piece.”

      Cited in The Letters and Lessons of Teddy Roosevelt for His Sons, ed. Doug Phillips

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