Monday, June 13, 2011

June 2011 E-Block

I put this one out late last week…

The Musicians' Gambit, Part 1 -- A look at Christian music and the theology it presents. Quite honestly, I don’t like much music that has words in it, but when it comes to Christian music, I’m appalled by the lack of substance in most of it. This first article looks at one of the more popular groups, Mercy Me, and you could fit the amount of quality theology I found there into a thimble.

Ghosts of End Times Future, Part 2 – More on the heresy of full preterism. This time I look at a mixed bag of claims, concerning the nature of “death” at the Fall, the nature of the resurrection body, and other issues related to resurrection.

The Slave Chains, Part 4 -- The fourth and last (for now) of a series on pro- and anti-slavery literature of America. This one’s on a fellow named Thornton Stringfellow who was alleged to have been “THE” premier advocate of slavery being justifiable according to the Bible. However, his whole spiel amounts to hundreds of pages of, “it was done in the Bible, so why can’t we do it”?

Is God the Ultimate Warrior? -- a critique of Susan Niditch's claims about the “war ban” as "human sacrifice". I’ve always thought this claim was an odd one, little more than a bigoted effort to connect OT accounts with stuff like Aztec sacrifices. Here, I argue that the “ban” is better understood in terms of honor.

Is Thom a Moral Misfit? Part 2 -- Second in series on Thom Stark's critique of Paul Copan. The subjects this time are “crude laws” and the human sacrifice; while for “misogyny” I just link to Glenn Miller’s's not like Stark does any sort of detailed work on any of these subjects.



  1. In terms of Christian music and theology, what do you think of the following?

  2. Better than most I've heard...far better. Odd, hip hop seems to be able to transmit more info...

  3. If you want some REAL theology in musical form, attend a Sacred Harp singing. It will blow you away. Night and day difference from the fluffy stuff of today and quite different as well from the typical, familiar Victorian hymns heard in "traditional" services.

  4. Compare the vacuous fluff you quoted by "Mercy Me" with this from The Sacred Harp:

    See, gracious God, before Thy throne,
    Thy mourning people bend,
    'Tis on Thy sovereign grace alone,
    On Thee our humble hopes depend.

    How changed, alas! are truths divine,
    For error, guilt and shame!
    What impious numbers, bold in sin,
    Disgrace the holy Christian name!

    O turn us, turn us, mighty Lord,
    By Thy resistless grace;
    Then shall our hearts obey Thy word,
    And humbly we shall seek Thy face.

    # 354, "Lebanon"

    A little more Calvinistic than where I would place myself on the scale, but at least it has the right idea with its reverence for God as a sovereign king and we His subjects. Certainly not the stuff of "big buddy in the sky" theology!

    I went to a singing convention recently for the first time, and when this song was sung I actually got a little choked up--that's never happened to me in a conventional congregational service! Its hard to explain the experience.