The Relevant Queries for Andy Stanley — Denny Burk lists three questions he’d like to see answered by Andy Stanley in light of comments from a recent sermon. For the background on this story, see the Al Mohler article I posted yesterday.
Long-Term Consequences of Pragmatism in the Church — In another related post, Jonathan Leeman traces how the pragmatic approach so common in American evangelical churches (and NOT just megachurches!) leads to “theological unraveling” and “gospel compromise”.
Interview With Avengers Illustrator — A lot of people are really excited about the opening of the Avengers movie this weekend! I thought this interview with Sergio Cariello — an illustrator for Marvel Comics who worked on the Avengers comics — was fascinating. He has some good insights on how faith his impacts his secular work, as well as how art can be a great way to introduce people to the Gospel. Cariello is also the illustrator of The Action Bible.
David Platt’s Foreword to When Helping Hurts — First of all, I’m thrilled to see that When Helping Hurts: Alleviating Poverty Without Hurting the Poor… and Yourself has gotten another printing in a new and expanded format! It’s been one of the most influential books I’ve read in the last few years (my review), so I really hope that David Platt’s involvement in the new edition will put it in front of a much wider audience. From Platt’s foreword:
This book is virtually required reading for everyone in our church who is intentionally engaging the poor here and around the world. I cannot recommend it highly enough for anyone who is passionate about spreading and showing the love of Christ to the “least of these.” Simply put, I have never read a better book on practically serving the poor, and I pray that God will use this new edition to equip his people to accomplish His purposes in a world of urgent spiritual and physical need for the glory of His great name.
T4G Debrief: Trueman’s Breakout Session — Thabiti Anyabwile summarizes Carl Trueman’s breakout session (“Why the Reformation Isn’t Over”) from the Together for the Gospel conference. This is the same session I attended, and it was excellent! You can listen to the entire talk here.
Hard to believe it’s been two years since the Nashville flood! Some of these images still give me chills:
You can read about my personal Nashville flood story here.