While situated in a black leather chair in the comfort of his living room, Pastor Tim Keller answers a host of questions about his life and latest book. It’s an interesting hour and a half. Everything from his conversion to his early ministry to the beginnings of Redeemer is discussed. His mild manner and approachability are certainly evident throughout, which makes for a good listen.
In the second segment, which is approximately 45 minutes long, his newest book, “Generous Justice,” is taken up. Issues including the nature of justice, social justice, and mercy ministry are unpacked with pastoral insight. As a deacon, I’m very much interested in getting my hands on a copy. I suspect many of you would likewise enjoy it as well.
I think it’s safe to say that nearly everyone has weighed in on N.T. Wright. There are those who adore the man. And there are, of course, those who always carry on their person a long coil of rope, so that in the event of a random encounter with the man, they would be prepared to conduct a lynching.
D.A. Carson’s opinion of Wright’s theology falls somewhere between the extremes.
I never cease to be amazed at what I hear from the mouths of pro-choice advocates.
Never wavering from calling the unborn baby a fetus, Professor Chadwick, the pro-choicer, nevertheless concedes that the fetus is a human life. This is chilling. For here you have an educated woman advancing, nay, trumpeting the belief that a woman has the right to end a human life, essentially because that life temporarily lives inside her. Scary.
And why does she cling to this idea?
There are countless lectures and sermons addressing the subject of evil. And as you would imagine, and probably already know, some handle the subject with profundity, while yet others drop the ball… Big time. There are also those who approach the subject with philosophical flare, dazzling their listeners with logical syllogisms and lofty language, the kind heard only in the still corridors of an ivory tower. To the average ear it sounds strange, a bit bizarre, perhaps, or even esoteric.
The following lecture is a curious mixture of all three.
I’m drawing attention to this particular podcast for one simple reason: It provides a glimpse into the ambitions and aspirations of contemporary atheism.
Basically what you have are three atheists- three noted individuals- discussing the future of atheism in America. They explore the disadvantages and advantages of militant, that is, “loud and proud” atheism, as opposed to a more congenial “live and let live” style. They discuss politics. They outline ambitions. Hopes. And evaluate the growing secularism of society.
I’m usually not a big fan of Q and A sessions. No wait, I take that back. I enjoy listening to Q and A sessions. They’re often entertaining in the sense that they’re not scripted. And that offers real insight into the character of the panel. But rarely do I walk away from such events feeling especially edified.
This session was very different.