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Friend of Grace Fridays

Friend of Grace FridaysFriend 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 and challenging.

How to Destroy a Culture in 5 Easy Steps by Joe Carter. “Overton’s model was developed to explain adjustments in the political climate. But I believe it can also illuminate how profound and deleterious changes are advanced in our culture. If the goal were to undermine cultural institutions, the process for getting from Unthinkable to Policy would follow these five easy steps.”

Emergent Church Guru Questions “Religion of the Clenching Fist” by Jeff Walton. “Saying that Jesus prefers stories that send believers into the world “as gardeners rather than warriors,” McLaren argued that people were reluctant to give up “politically very useful” traditionally violent clenching-fist narratives.”

http://www.firstthings.com/onthesquare/2011/09/gay-and-christian by Russell E. Saltzman. “I certainly would not recommend shock treatment for homosexuals and, honestly, I think there are worst sins than a gay couple seeking solace with each other. Still, I do not see how we can call gay men and women to conversion without giving an account of what is wrong about homosexuality.”

Going Public: Your Child Can Thrive in Public School by Tim Challies. “I recently came across a book titled Going Public, written by David and Kelli Pritchard, who together have raised 8 children, all of whom attended public schools. This is not a book that is anti-homeschool or anti-Christian school. The purpose is not to convince you that you ought to place your children in the local public school. Instead it seeks first, to show that your children can thrive at public school and second, to provide a parent’s field guide for helping them do just that. In this way it fills an important niche.”

Why “compassionate conservatism” isn’t by Roger Olson. “My thesis is that compassionate conservatism will not help the poor on any massive scale and, to the extent it is implemented as government policy, will hurt the most deserving of the most needy people in America.”

Embracing the Mundane: Radical Discipleship vs. Spiritualized Escapism by Joseph Sunde. “I have often argued that radical individualism — i.e. radical obedience to God — often translates into unradical earthly action: building a family, giving to others, befriending a stranger, starting a business, working at a factory, etc. After all, whether or not our obedience is “radical” can only be defined by the extent to which we are willing to deny our earthly sentiments for the divine. This, of course, says nothing about what the divine is actually demanding.”

Spurgeon’s Pastoral Wisdom in Dealing with a Woman Lacking Assurance by Dan Phillips. “I am re-listening to an audio version of Spurgeon’s autobiography, and just (re-)heard an anecdote that delighted me. Being one who, as I’ve shared, has struggled mightily with assurance, it touched me to hear how Spurgeon dealt pastorally with a woman of whose salvation he had no doubt, yet of which she had no assurance.”

Updated to add:
I’m a Dominionist? I Had No Idea by David French. “After reading Bill Keller and Ryan Lizza, I was determined to investigate the looming threat of “Dominionism.” Who are these nefarious people? How great a threat are they? They must be powerful, because they apparently influence two of the three leading Republican candidates for president.”

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