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This is a list of recent blog posts which I found interesting. That I found them interesting doesn’t mean I necessarily agree with or endorse all of the ideas presented in the posts, but that I found them to be intriguing and thought-provoking. They may benefit you as you prayerfully consider your area of shepherding and stewardship, which has been given to you in trust by the Lord. (They are listed in no particular order of interest.) Please post your comments to discuss any article that strikes your interest. If you have recent blog posts to nominate, please send the link and your reasons for nominating that post to
I'm increasingly convinced of two things. The first is that our public education system is more about child management and daycare than actually educating the child. The second thing is that what little education is given to our children is simply an imparting of basic so-called "facts," some of which are false. Education really should be more about imparting wisdom, a far cry from the regurgitating of facts. And education should teach kids how to think. In that vein, classical education has a serious leg up. Check out this article for a helpful look at what the Catholic Church is doing to return their students to true learning.
The heart of Sayers’ reform lies in connecting the classically known trivium of grammar, logic, and rhetoric with her own insight into the developmental stages of learning. Learning the basic terms and facts of any discipline (grammar) is appropriate to the Parroting age (elementary), in which learning by heart is a natural and pleasurable activity. Making connections, drawing conclusions, recognizing fallacious reasoning are natural activities for the Pert stage (junior high). In the Poetic stage (high school), the student infuses forms with meaning. Overall, the goal is to develop those abilities that will make life-long learning a reality.
Justin Taylor provides notes from some book by David Powlison. I'm not sure what to think about all of this, because these are Taylor's notes and not a critical review of the book. Some of the stuff looked good to me, but other parts of it were too fragmented to get a good feel for what was being said. So... take a gander for yourself.
Ed Stetzer has some thoughts on the need for all Christians to be actively engaged in ministry. Good. Pithy. To the point.
Tim Challies writes a powerful post on the virtue and practice of Christian hospitality. Our homes are not our own. Neither is our time! I appreciated what he said in this post, and I pray that we would see more of this type of ministry within our churches. We must allow for the occasional interruption of our schedule in order to bring blessing to others who may need us.
I think this would be a great book for anyone to consider as they work at their jobs. It comes very well reviewed and I believe its ideas would be powerful if implemented well by Joe Christian during the course of his job.
Here's the basic info for those of you who are new to the understanding of Biblical Complementarianism. This is the idea that men and women are different (crazy!), and that as uniquely created people with their own particular gender, they have a complementary role to play in the church reflecting different aspects of Christ's nature. Give this one a read, especially if you are unfamiliar with Biblical Complementarianism.
This is a juicy piece of deep thinking goodness. I've returned to this article several times to chew on it, think on it, and ponder deeply. This article shows how our perspective on the image of God in man should shape our worldview.