USA Today ran a piece on how after a forty-year pattern of sustained growth, the Southern Baptists suddenly have seen church membership and the number of baptisms level off, and then decline. Much the same holds true for the LCMS, now that they've adopted the Ablaze program for church growth. The only thing the SBC and the LCMS have in common (besides declining membership) is an institutional commitment to church growth programs. Mike Horton nailed it. These church growth types are not reaching the lost (as the claim) but they are quite good at losing the saved (intentionally so). Click here: Southern Baptists fret over decline as annual meeting begins - USATODAY.com
Gene Veith has a hilarious comparison between young Goths and old Lutherans. This is something only a Lutheran could say about a Lutheran, but it is funny nonetheless. Click here: Of Goths and Lutherans — Cranach: The Blog of Veith
Can't wait for the ESV Study Bible (coming in October). The first page from the Gospel of John has been posted. When the notes in a study bible for John 1:1 mention Arius and Colwell's rule, I'm excited. Click here: Home | ESV Study Bible | Crossway (check the features tab).
The nanny state is watching you . . . Be sure to take off your hat so they get a good look at you on camera. Click here: Hats banned from Yorkshire pubs over CCTV fears - Telegraph
Finally, for those of you who have purchased Herman Bavinck's Reformed Dogmatics--if you haven't, you should, this is great stuff--apparently, there's a quality control issue (all in good fun). Is that cloth, or is it paper? Hmmm . . . Baker is my publisher (and is wonderful to work with), so I'll leave it at that. Click here: Cloth or Paper...