December 2, 2020

Weekend File: 7:29:06

belushi1941.jpgLet’s start out the weekend with good news. Very good. Ken Myers is taking the Mars Hill Audio site to podcasting. That means you will be able to hear a monthly version of MHA, featuring archival interviews, some new things and more. Long overdue, and a great addition to the blogosphere. Here’s the link, though I hear there will be a new one soon.

If your eyes are good, this is a great price on the ESV Journaling Bible. I was in a bookstore the other day and the sales associate asked the customer to tell her about the ESV. So the guy does, and an older man overhears. He walks over and begins hardselling the NASB to this guy, and it turns into a fairly lively debate. I thought it would be great to schedule regular bouts between advocates of Bible translations. “TONIGHT! The NLT vs the NKJV! Are you ready to RUUUUUUMBLE?”

Nothing is more amusing than the intersection of a blog that values humor and wit with a blog that has no sense of humor at all. When you are talking about the Christian blogosphere, that generally results in someone being proclaimed as the “Spirit of the AntiChrist.” Like, let’s say, me, for example. I feel sorry for Christians who equate reverence with a complete inability to laugh or see the self-depricating aspects of all our theologizing. The somber, self-righteous tones of some Christian communicators doesn’t tell me that they are mature. It tells me that they have so little insight into the truth about themselves and others that they have to arrange a morbid house of cards and then condemn anyone who sneezes.

I was into the archives of Third Millenium yesterday, and was totally amazed at what a comprehensive collection of sermons and teaching they have. A lot of Steve Brown, for those who like him. Many PCA pastors. If you don’t have this site bookmarked, do so. It’s important for any of us who are communicators to listen to other communicators. There are a number of ways to approach that, but just do it. Compare yourself, critique them, learn or just listen, but take in what others are doing. Don’t assume you have arrived, even if you are the oldest one in the game.

Kim Riddlebarger- of White Horse Inn fame- has a good idea in making his blog thematic. You’ll find all kinds of things there, but he has a running theme of amillenial eschatology, and that makes his blog worth adding to your feed. He is one of the few voices calming interpreting current events in the middle east from a different perspective. Who else would pay for a debate between Haggee and Riddlebarger? Or Riddlebarger and Macarthur?

I have no issue with Beth Moore, but my latest visit to a Lifeway stunned me with the amount and profile of Beth Moore material in the store. Dr. Mohler: PLEASE answer this question. Why are SBC conservatives willing to go to the wall on the ordination of women on the grounds of teaching authority over a man, and yet we have a denomination that features a woman “Bible teacher” in a role that has a higher profile than any man in the SBC? Moore’s books are hailed far, far beyond books by any male “Bible teacher.” I know that Lifeway’s customer demographic is the woman who buys those books, but doesn’t this make the SBC’s emphasis on “men in the office of pastor-teacher” look like a lot of parsing words? Beth Moore is technically under the authority of men, so now it’s OK for her to be the highest profile Bible teacher in the SBC? Can someone please explain this to me? (Note: I have no issue with women in ministry. I’m just puzzled that we have such bluster over this while women teachers and women discernment blogs proliferate among those groups who most vigorously deny women the opportunity to teach the church.)


  1. UGADAWG47 says

    I wonder, if a man goes into a Lifeway Store and tries to purchase Beth Moore books or videos, will Lifeway refuse to sell it to him. She is teaching women in the videos but if a man buys them and watches them, isn’t she in fact teaching him?

  2. Hmmm…Lifeway has to make money to stay in business. What does that tell you about the marketability of the male “Bible” teachers?

    I couldn’t bring myself to go to our church’s Beth Moore Bible study because of my own convoluted logic a) her teaching has authority for women–but not for men. If her teaching has authority, that authority should stand no matter who’s the recipient of it. That someone so gifted should be forbidden from teaching the most inept man in my congregation boils my rutabagas; and b) I don’t care how good it is, I have trouble supporting something that is so marketable. That goes for Rick Warren and anybody else that has become a slick celebrity.

    And I wonder why people have trouble figuring me out…

  3. In each Bible study of Beth’s that I’ve participated in, she makes it clear that she is not to be put on a pedestal. She prayers before each session that God will humble her and make His word come through. She is not in this business for profit or celebrity. Before you criticize her Bible study, partake in one from start to finish. No matter what’s going on in your life, you’ll learn something based on Scripture.