Around the Town: (1/29/12)
Although touched upon earlier this week at the Cities, the blogosphere has seen a slew of posts and comments regarding the 39th anniversary of Roe V Wade. As you can see from our blog roll, fellows such as Albert Mohler and John Piper at Desiring God (either themselves or through their ministry teams) have offered some thoughts on the anniversary (by the way, thank you to those who have read an commented on Thursday’s post related to the topic).
In global news, we are coming up on the one year anniversary of Egypt’s Revolution and the establishment of an Arabic Democracy. In this interesting article, Dr Abdul Rahman Al-Barr (Member of the Muslim Brotherhood’s Guidance Bureau and Dean of Theology at Al-Azhar University), pokes and prods the US regarding it’s foreign aid policy toward the new government. Al-Barr makes the especially interesting point that from the Egyptian perspective, the U.S.’s hesitancy to lend aid to any “Muslim” entity causes them to question “the U.S.’s seriousness with regard to fostering democracy, adding that “our societies have gone through a revolution of change; U.S. policy must change [as well].”‘
For those of you not familiar with the up and coming J. Todd Billings (a Wheaton -> Fuller -> Harvard educated scholar with teaching and shepherding experience in Africa and within Evangelical America), read some reviews of one of his new books, Union with Christ. Or, get a taste of his writing yourself, in this interesting post that considers how a “mere Christianity” theology threaten’s the church’s spiritual health.
And for those readers who are craving the newest innovations in integrating Gospel testimony and theology within forms of popular culture (namely music), you can check out the lyrics to one of Trip Lee’s new songs in his new album that will be released this April.
And while we’re talking about music, for those of you still looking for a reverently worshipful combination of post-rock and gospel-saturated hymnal lyrics, Ascend the Hill offers their music freely for your edification and your ministry use (although I’m sure any donation will always give them another reason to thank the Lord).