Friend of Grace Fridays: Our Mafia mascot, Grace, provides a weekly collection of blog posts & articles she digs…or hates. Either way, they’re thought-provoking, challenging or entertaining.
Does More Spending Equal More Compassion? by David French. “All too often it seems that the religious left virtually takes for granted that the hundreds of billions of dollars spent fighting poverty and funding education (to take two examples) represent money well spent and that cutting that funding is “balancing the budget on the backs of the poor” or “sacrificing our children’s future.” Yet does more money equal better outcomes?”
Video Debate: A Moral Budget from Bloggingheads, NYT. “Jim Wallis of Sojourners and Richard Land of the Southern Baptist Convention debate the causes of the budget deficit.”
Saving Liberalism from Itself by David Paul Deavel. “Review of: Daniel J. Mahoney, The Conservative Foundations of the Liberal Order”
Is the Institution of Marriage Really Crumbling? by Timothy Dalrymple. “Unless we can provide a clear sense of what we mean by the institution of marriage and why we believe it’s worth defending, we are going to lose this argument. We need to do better.”
Video: Generous Justice Panel: Christ & City from Verge. “Tim Keller, Charles Jenkins, Justin Lopez, Donnita Travis, and Josh Wilson share the vision, mission, and history of their ministries. Hear stories of God’s faithfulness from these pastors, activists, and entrepreneurs, as well as basic principles to reaching your cities.”
A good new book responding to Bell’s Love Wins by Roger Olson. “I read Bell as a fellow questioner of that kind of ultra-conservative Christianity whereas Mark [Galli] read him, I suspect, as an unintentional ally giving aid and comfort to the liberals destroying his denomination.”
Rob Bell’s Hell by Mickey Maudlin. “As a young evangelical, I was socialized to see the biggest threat to the church as theological liberalism. But now I think the biggest threat is Christian tribalism, where God’s interests are reduced to and measured by those sharing your history, tradition, and beliefs, and where one needs an “enemy” in order for you to feel ‘right with God.'”