Linkathon 4/14, part 2
Continuing the Jennifer Knapp discussion:
The larger matter is that Knapp represents what is happening within our churches. Only these believers may not come out and talk openly about their sexual desires. Can we really blame them? However, they may remain in our midst under our radar, listening to our conversations about Knapp in the coming weeks.
What will they see? Will they see a Spirit-directed response? Will they see the grace and love of Jesus in the midst of discussing a controversial issue? Will they feel comfortable discussing their inner conflicts with us, or will we close off the church as a safe place for imperfect people to find the freedom of God’s Kingdom?
Denny Burk says Jennifer Knapp is not worthless, but needs to repent.
Tony Jones supports Knapp.
David Hayward weighs in.
Not directly related to the Knapp topic, but helpful to the discussion, is Ed Welch’s article on homosexuality.
“New attack on grace”
I really like this article on grace by Timothy McConnell from Common Grounds Online. An excerpt:
There is a new attack on Grace, and its source may surprise you. Maybe you’ve heard this refrain lately: “Your worship is not acceptable to God until you’ve acted in mercy toward the poor.” In other words, if you think Grace is free, well, you just don’t get it! No, this isn’t coming from liberal protestant moralists. It’s coming from megachurch, non-denominational evangelicals like Francis Chan—and it is nothing less than a frontal assault on Grace.
Get the future leaders in middle school?
Todd Rhoades posted an article by Alan Nelson, who is the founder of KidLead, Inc, an organization focused on developing children into leaders. I’m posting an excerpt because I find it an interesting viewpoint – one I don’t agree with, by the way – on church leadership development.
...No matter how much we value egalitarian and democratic processes, history is not made by the masses. Three dominant factors change society: discoveries, disasters, and leaders, but the most significant by far is leaders—whether good or bad. If you want to change history, you must focus on leaders. But how do you change them? … By age 45, I was convinced that we needed to lower the age of leadership development, identifying and developing influencers while they’re still moldable. Barna’s research coincides with that of Kohlberg and moral psychologists, noting that character is pretty much established by age 14. Thus I began prototyping an executive-caliber leadership training program with the upper age set at 14….
Is this within the “pale of orthodoxy” or a byproduct of the attractional church model…and what do you think of his comment about “history is not made by the masses”?
Professor Soong-Chan Rah wrote an article on the emerging church for Sojourners magazine titled “Is the emerging church for whites only?“. It has gotten some reaction, including that from Tony Jones; Andrew Jones (in six parts – one, two, three, four, five and six), and Julie Clawson.
Joe Dallas reflects on falling into sexual sin (parents should review this before letting their kids read it).
Adrian Warnock interviews Mark Driscoll about his book Doctrine.
Darryl Dash reviews N.T. Wright’s After You Believe.
Welch on experiencing God.
Do we REALLY want to learn church management techniques from professional baseball – a secular business where the end game is all about winning, and people only matter in terms of what they can do for the business?.