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Ed Stetzer has written a great article on The Baptist Boogeyman

I’ve always been fascinated by the Baptist bogeyman.  Bogeymen are not real dangers, but ones we use to scare one another, often distracting us from real danger. There are real challenges in our churches and the convention—theological and otherwise—but bogeymen distract us from the real issues.

A first-century manuscript and it’s value for apologetics and the church.

How do these manuscripts change what we believe the original New Testament to say? We will have to wait until they are published next year, but for now we can most likely say this: As with all the previously published New Testament papyri (127 of them, published in the last 116 years), not a single new reading has commended itself as authentic. Instead, the papyri function to confirm what New Testament scholars have already thought was the original wording or, in some cases, to confirm an alternate reading

I would commend to you Tim Challies’ series on Visual Theology.  Here is his graphic on the attributes of God.

A couple of weeks ago I released the first infographic in a series I am titling “Visual Theology.” What I appreciate about infographics is their ability to display information visually. Just as there are many words that can be used to describe any one fact, there are also many ways to display facts.

Matt Papa is writing some entries in his blog (Part 1 and Part 2: The Golden Calf of Christian Radio) about contemporary Christian music and mainstream Christian radio stations.  Some of this would be funny if it weren’t so heart-breakingly (I think I just created that word) true.

Becky isn’t one person of course…she is the prototype target audience created by the christian music industry for christian radio.  True story.  She’s been around about 6 or 7 years now.  Christian radio demographic research discovered that “Becky” is the one who is listening, so “Becky” is the audience they relentlessly target.  So here’s what happens:

Christian radio plays songs for Becky.  The labels know that in order to sell music, they have to get songs on radio.  Radio = Becky.  So the labels coerce their artists and bands to all write and record songs for Becky….songs that will make her feel good.  Songs that tell her she is good.  Songs that are “safe for the whole family”.  Songs that remind her of her snow-flake-ness and tell her to turn that frown upside-down.  Songs that focus on love and hope.  Songs that aren’t confrontational.  Songs that aren’t theological because man, that stuff is up in the clouds.  Songs that don’t talk about blood and crosses and depressing stuff like that.  Songs that focus on Becky and her busy life.  And if the artists or bands want to write songs for another demographic or another purpose, that’s fine, they can just make music somewhere else.  There is money to be made.