First, a helpful guide to persecution this holiday shopping season, from Rachel Held Evans:
Are you being persecuted?
I thought this was a really good perspective on the whole “fighting for a place at the table” issue, by Trischa Goodwin:
I’m not going to spend my days trying to get the attention of someone who ignores me when I extend my hand. I will let people exclude me, because I know I cannot make someone see me if they refuse to look or hear me if they refuse to listen.
I also hate to be in a place where I am welcome, but others are not. Even at a table where everyone is allowed a seat, if some of those seats are offered grudgingly, with averted eyes or conditions or shying away, I don’t want to sit at that table.
Most deserving of a “been there” solidarity fist bump, from Samantha:
It’s a frustrating feeling, knowing that you’re not actually being listened to, but that the person you’re talking to is sitting on the edge of their seat just waiting for you to stop talking so they can stab your argument with a brilliant sound bite about what the Bible clearly says.
Favorite N.T. Wright quote of the week (he spoke in Grand Rapids on Wednesday):
The biblical narrative calls us to be for the world what Jesus was for Israel.
(Wright was commenting on Jesus’ statement to the disciples, “As the Father has sent me, I am sending you,” in John 21. It’s the practical flip side to Wright’s big-picture view of the Bible as the story of Israel, brought to fulfillment in the story of Jesus.)
Second favorite N.T. Wright quote of the week:
Your theory of the atonement is always a function of your view of evil.
(During the Q&A, someone asked Wright what his view of atonement was. Wright’s point was that if you start by assuming the world is totally depraved and that evil is primarily a legal/transactional issue, then of course you’re going to gravitate toward penal substitution as your primary way of looking at atonement. If, on the other hand, you see the world as captive to sin and evil and in need of rescue, as Wright does, then you might take another approach to the atonement, without necessarily denying other facets.)
Currently reading (review coming soon):
My most read post:
John Piper’s mythical research debunking orientation
Favorite tweet (in response to my post on Piper):
Finally… some long overdue (but no less welcome) news:
The Church of England votes overwhelmingly for women bishops (The Telegraph)