This week’s Weekend Wonderings will be a smorgasbord of links. It’s been a long time since I blogspotted things that have interested me, so I felt it would be appropriate to do so. There’s been a lot of great blogging taking place over the past couple of weeks, so I’d like to direct you, gentle readers, to some great blogging by folks whom I have come to enjoy and admire.
My friend Ryan Hall will be ordained as an Episcopal priest soon and very soon! Congrats to him!
Megan Abraham writes about planning meals for a month and includes some recipes. Tricia and I need to do this!
John Piper pens some powerful pieces on: 6 aspects of humility; letting Judas shake you; and the leniency of excommunication.
Dustin Benge makes my favorite post this week about how a church should love its pastor; he’s also started a series that resonates with me about “Bridging the Gap Between Seminary and the Local Church,” which can be read here: Part 1 and Part 2.
Joe Thorn unveils a fantastic paradigm for church life that is simple and uncluttered and can be done by any kind of church. If we could do stuff like this instead of the Purpose-Driven drivel, I wonder if churches and their pastors would be much happier and healthier.
Daniel B. Wallace reveals that 47 New Testament manuscripts, including at least 34 that have never been catalogued, have been discovered and photographed in Albania. Don’t you just love how the New Testament is the most documented book in existence?
Timmy Brister, Jason Meyer, and Matthew Wireman have been doing a series on evangelism at work. You can read this riveting series here (there is still one more installment coming):
Jason Robertson at Fide-O starts a big discussion about mixed martial arts (MMA) that boils over onto several blogs and exposes a lot of silly, sloppy thinking about martial arts by Christians. Here’s a recap of what I’ve seen thus far:
- Owen Strachan: Part 1 and Part 2
- Reid Monaghan: Consumed by MMA
- Dan Paden addresses and clears up many “Christian Myths” about the martial arts here. This alone is worth reading.
I’m a martial artist myself (albeit a lapsed one) so these posts strike a chord with me. Let’s just say I think every Christian should learn self-defense.
I’d like to close this Weekend Wondering by asking you to join me in praise and prayer for fellow Tennesseean Steve Weaver. Steve has resigned as pastor of West Broadway Baptist Church in Lenoir City, TN and accepted a pastorate at Farmdale Baptist Church in Frankfort, KY. Steve will also be pursuing a Ph.D. in Church History/Historical Theology at my alma mater, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary here in Louisville. Those of us who’ve followed his blog over the past year have seen his desire to go back to school to pursue his love of church history, as well as his passion for the local church. Farmdale Baptist is getting a superb pastor and an even more superb man.
Thank you for sharing in my blog reading! Don’t forget to spend the Lord’s day in his house with your brothers and sisters in Christ!