Don’t Waste the Point

In the ruckus following Rachel Held Evan's attack on various and sundry, at least three important things have been going on in the barrage of comments at various sites. The first has to do with the alleged abuse case at Sovereign Grace Ministries. That is a situation about which I know next to nothing, and so I will content myself with the praiseworthy policy of saying nothing about it. But I will say something about a related matter. In my day, I have been the recipient of the tender ministrations of various discernment bloggers, the kind who have the discernment of a particularly dimwitted and goggle-eyed goldfish, peering out of a particularly curved bowl, to know that certain kinds of cases are best not tried in venues like this one. When I see a lynch mob outside the courthouse, yelling and waving a rope, it does not tell me if the man inside is innocent or guilty. But it does tell me something. The second point has to do with whether or not John Piper is a "miserable … [Read more...]

Rachel Held Evans Denies the Cat

In the aftermath of the Oklahoma tragedy, Rachel Held Evans took John Piper to task for claiming, right in line with the Bible, that if disaster befalls a city, it is from the hand of God (Amos 3:6). Not only is it from the hand of God, but it is from the hand of a holy God. But to know -- as insurance companies do -- that such things are classified as acts of God, is not to say that God is abusive. This stance of Piper's upsets Evans, and she went on at length about it, maintaining that this creates abusive church environments, etc. I don't want to go point-by-point through her post here -- I simply want to make one observation, in line with the great Chesterton: "If it be true (as it certainly is) that a man can feel exquisite happiness in skinning a cat, then the religious philosopher can only draw one of two deductions. He must either deny the existence of God, as all atheists do; or he must deny the present union between God and man, as all Christians do. The new theologians … [Read more...]