Prism Links--Week of March 11th
Here’s a little roundup of links to encourage you and get your week started off great!
We have been having some pastoral candidates visit this month and this week we had a guy who has a PHD in Church History! Smart guy! He did his doctoral thesis on the ordo salutis which is Latin for the order of salvation (all doctoral theses must include a bunch of random Latin I think). You may not have thought much about it, but the order of salvation is a fascinating and deeply important and encouraging topic! This post is a bit more theological than normal but it is a useful and orthodox introduction to the concept.
Our church had an Ash Wednesday service last week to mark the beginning of Lent. Although Lent is not a requirement for Christians, many people see it as an opportunity to reflect on the sacrifice of Christ through fasting. If you didn’t start a fast, no worries, you can do one whenever! This post is a helpful reflection on fasting.
The United Methodist Church recently had a momentous meeting in which they voted down a proposal to allow clergy to officiate gay weddings. It was a rare case of a denomination that had been consistently moving in a liberal direction for years suddenly change tack. The key pressure point came from the conservative parts of the church which are mostly not in the United States. Interesting to watch and wonder what this portends for the future of the American church.
Rachel Hollis is a bit of a phenomenon right now; her brand of instagram ready positivity is very attractive. Her last book was immensely popular and she recently released new one. On the surface, she claims to be encouraging a Christ-centered worldview, but is she really? The Gospel Coalition takes a closer look and finds a toxic and exhausting mix of self-worship and worldly mindedness. Read and beware!
Long but good—by one of the great Princeton Theologians of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, B. B. Warfield.