Combing the Net – 6/15/2012

Jay and Katrina Didn’t Waste Their Lives — The story of a young missionary couple who died on the mission field in Zambia two weeks ago. Jay Erickson’s final blog post (“Pondering Death”) is even more poignant in light of his recent death. In it, he wrote of his contemplation of death, and of his struggle to overcome his fears which hindered him from speaking.

Black and White and Red All Over: Why Racial Justice is a Gospel Issue — Russell Moore on the difficult racial history of the Southern Baptist Convention, a denomination that originally came into existence before the Civil War as the result of a dispute with northern Baptists over slavery, and which was populated largely by segregationists as recently as a generation ago. How far we’ve come in such a short time, as the SBC will elect its first black president next week!

Let Wonder Lead You to Worship (Don’t Let the Devil Dumb You) — A great article that reminded me a lot of N.D. Wilson’s book Notes From the Tilt-a-Whirl (my review).

The devil does not want you to wonder. Wonder is deadly to the domain of darkness because of its dangerous tendency to lead to worship.

So the devil is going to do his level best to keep you stupid — stupid in the sense of being sense-less. If he can’t damn you, he will try to dumb you. You must resist him.

How to Respond to the Video Game Crisis — There’s been a lot of talk lately about the influence of video games on young men (see this recent post), and this article is a very helpful addition to the discussion. Rich Clark exhorts Christians to think better about video games. He sees them as a new art form which, like others, can be used thoughtfully and responsibly for the benefit of society, but can also be a destructive influence.

Video games are a comparatively new medium, and as such they are the object of much skepticism and intrigue. Those who do not play games often view the medium as a waste of time at best and a corrupting influence at worst. Meanwhile, video game proponents—permanently on the defensive—make excuses for bad art and actual corrupting influences. We Christians must be truthful about these things, but neither side right now is telling the whole story.

Review/Summary of “Captivated: The Movie” — This documentary about “finding freedom in a media captive culture” looks very interesting. You can learn more about the movie at the film’s website. Here is the trailer:

2 comments on “Combing the Net – 6/15/2012

  1. Enoch says:

    I really appreciated the thoughtful, balanced perspective offered in “How to Respond to the Video Game Crisis.”

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