Yesterday Russell Moore posted an article on his blog adapted from his new book Onward titled: “Could the Next Billy Graham Be Drunk Right now?” In this thought provoking article Dr. Moore writes:
I wonder how many people don’t’ listen to our gospel message because they assume they don’t “look” like the kind of people who would be Christians—namely shiny, happy Republicans…The next Billy Graham might be drunk right now. The next Jonathan Edwards might be the man driving in front of you with the Darwin Fish bumper decal. The next Charles Wesley might currently be a misogynistic, profanity-spewing hip-hop artist. The next Charles Spurgeon might be managing an abortion clinic today. The next Mother Teresa might be a heroin-addicted porn star this week. The next Augustine of Hippo might be a sexually promiscuous cult member right now, just like, come to think of it, the first Augustine of Hippo was.
But the Spirit of God can turn all that around. And seems to delight to do so.
It is interesting, if nothing else, that Nye’s own website does not promote his credentials. It does not mention his Ph.D. work. It doesn’t not mention his master’s thesis. And with good reason.
Bill Nye has a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Cornell. He has no M.S. He has no Ph.D. He has no advanced degrees of any kind in ay field.
Bill Nye is not a tenured professor. Nye is not a professional scientist. He’s a science ambassador; rather like Angelina Jolie in a lab coat.
Ok, not like Angelina Jolie in any garment.
Nye has never published a scholarly, peer-reviewed journal article…The reason these facts are relevant is Bill Nye uses the goodwill built over years as an entertainment personality and science educator to gain a hearing for social commentary. When necessary he becomes Bill Nye the Pseudophilosopher Guy to do it.
Amy Whitfield published an article on the Gospel Project site discussing Hope and the New Creation. Amy writes:
True confession: sometimes I wish I could hide in my house and never leave. I’d round up the kids, lock the door, and build our own bubble that nothing can penetrate…The bubble isn’t to protect me from a big bad world that might tarnish my family. It’s to protect me from a sad world that might drown me with my own tears.
The days I want to hide are when the sadness of the state of things can seem too much to bear…Our own strength is not enough to face the darkness, and one day it will just seem easier to lock the door and block the pain. Then we soon realize that the pain lives within our hearts, because that same darkness can just as easily be found in us when we are looking to our own strength for the answer.
But the good news is that the answer isn’t within us.
The answer is in the story.
Nathaniel Martin published an open, honest and helpful post on his personal blog earlier this week that is a must-read for all students. “No Shame in Needing a Tutor: Confession and Encouragement to fellow Seminary Students.”
Perhaps you are like me. You find yourself struggling with learning new ideas and realize that this is not necessarily due to lack of desire or work ethic. So how might we pursue faithfulness when learning difficult things? What we simply need is a little bit help. With this in mind, I want to encourage students like me to consider exploring the possibility of finding a tutor. Yes, a tutor. Finding someone who has mastered your subject can create great community and help assist you in learning. After all the best learning is done in community!
Chuck Lawless recently wrote about 12 ways to assist returning SBC missionaries on his blog. Dr. Lawless writes:
I seldom write a post that relates only to my denomination, the Southern Baptist Convention, but this one does (though believers of many denominations could help with the needs listed in this post). I love missionaries, and many I know are now making prayerful decisions about retiring from the field. These are heart-wrenching days, and I encourage Southern Baptists to consider ways to assist these folks who’ve given their lives for the nations.