Civil Discourse
Vol. 1, Issue 1

Welcome to the series Civil Discourse. The goal of this series is to stimulate conversation around public thought, news, the Bible and whatever else comes to mind. This is the first edition, feel free to give feedback along with responses to the topics presented. I’d love to make this more useful or interesting to all involved. Thanks and enjoy!

Something to Ponder

I wanted to post this article discussing the retroactive plot-hole implications of The Last Jedi’s introduction of “the Holdo maneuver,” wherein a sizable spacecraft is rammed at lightspeed into another spacecraft, effectively disabling it. But that’s entirely nonsensical…

So instead….

I’ve been working through a bunch of the videos from MLK50, all of which have been excellent. In light of what I’m going to post in the “for Pleasure” section, I’d love to hear reactions from Jackie Hill Perry’s talk Equipping the Next Generation to Embrace Gospel Diversity.

I’ll probably post several more of these in weeks to come as it’s the heartbeat of a lot of my thought lately.

Something to Pray For

CT: Paige Patterson Out After Southwestern Trustees Vote A worthy response by Al Mohler: The Wrath of God Poured Out — The Humiliation of the Southern Baptist Convention

Recent and continued scandal within the SBC continue to work towards resolution. Patterson is also a trustee at my alma mater, Cedarville University.

One of the haunting statements that John Piper made to us as seminarians preparing for leadership and pastoral ministry is, to paraphrase, is that we must ask the right question of these kinds of failures: Why are evangelicals, the ones who have (in our opinion) the most biblically-focused, conservative, gospel-centered doctrines, missing the mark so badly on things like addressing racism, immigration, dealing with sexual scandal, etc.? If we our orthodoxy is airtight, why is our othropraxy in shambles?

A couple of other related comments from others:

Pray for:

Something for Pleasure

This week, an album I’ve already mentioned elsewhere: Jackie Hill Perry released Cresendo (available free from the amazing folks over at HumbleBeast), an excellent album all the way around. This week’s selection is “No Ways Tired.” The chorus is a great anthem for those in the midst of pain, which is where the lyrics are speaking to.

Life is getting harder, God I need thee Gotta walk on water where you are, oh God I need thee God I’m losing focus, hold me close because I need thee Never let me go, oh don’t I know it, God I need thee

Something for Inspiration

Reading through Piper’s new Expository Exultation so you’re likely to get a number of quotes from that for the next while. Here’s something on the role of Scripture that I found surprising from someone like Piper. On a definition of exposition:

The content of the message, in its essence, is not the biblical text (which, nevertheless, remains indispensable in all its details), but the reality that the text is communicating. When Stott says the content of the sermon is “biblical truth,” I want to make sure that the word “truth” refers not just to grammatical and historical propositions but to the reality that is being referred to—its nature, its value and its implications for real life now.

This is something I’ve been surprised to be surprised by a few times this year. It seems obvious, yet it’s easy to miss: The Bible is a tool that communicates something greater. One of the best recent summary messages I’ve heard around some of these thoughts was in our own weekly chapel given by Joe Rigney last semester. But thats for another time…

Something for Our Hearts

The God who made the world and everything in it, being Lord of heaven and earth, does not live in temples made by man, 25 nor is he served by human hands, as though he needed anything, since he himself gives to all mankind life and breath and everything. 26 And he made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined allotted periods and the boundaries of their dwelling place, 27 that they should seek God, and perhaps feel their way toward him and find him. Yet he is actually not far from each one of us, 28 for “‘In him we live and move and have our being’;

as even some of your own poets have said, “‘For we are indeed his offspring.’

Being then God’s offspring, we ought not to think that the divine being is like gold or silver or stone, an image formed by the art and imagination of man. 30 The times of ignorance God overlooked, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent, 31 because he has fixed a day on which he will judge the world in righteousness by a man whom he has appointed; and of this he has given assurance to all by raising him from the dead.” (Acts 17:24–31)