Sunday, June 5, 2011

Sunday Roundup and Travel Announcement

Starting a new tradition, something I have learned from several very successful bloggers, which is to do a weekly round-up of posts that I find interesting from other sites, some summary comments on what’s happened on this blog, and look at what’s coming up.  Everyone who does this has a kinda catchy name for it, which I have not come up with yet.  So... Any and every suggestion is very welcome.
This weeks will be kinda light because I just decided to do it today and my memory is not that great...  But here are some things that I recommend checking out:
For a short blurb that tries to take a balanced approach to issues of Christian involvement with society, see Kevin DeYoung’s post Glory of God: Conspicuous Christlikeness.
Two interviews worth checking out.  First, an interview with Andy Byers about his new book Faith Without Illusions can be read at David Flower’s blog here: Q&A with Andrew Byers
Second, an interview by Andy Byers and Joel Busby of pastor and scholar Jason Byassee, which I found very interesting and helpful, can be read here: The tension in the hyphen of “Pastor-Theologian”: An Interview with Jason Byassee
An interesting post on the issue of negotiating boundaries in evangelical professional relationships can be read at the Christianity Today women’s blog here: “Guarding Your Marriage Without Dissing Women”
On this blog, our most popular post of the week has been Aristotle and Cosmological Arguments, which was partly a product of the lively discussion that came out of the most popular post on this blog for the month, Aristotle and Free Will.  Thanks to my friend Nick, author of the blog Alētheia for all of his thoughts in response to that post.
Also this week I recounted some Traveling Adventures from my trip to California and Nevada for my grandfather’s memorial.
On the restless young and reforming blog this week we began in earnest our discussion of John Piper’s book Desiring God.  The most popular post of the week continues to be Introducing Desiring God by John Piper.  Check out two other posts, The Foundation of Christian Hedonism in Desiring God by John Piper and Word Games and the Joy of Worship in Desiring God, for more on the discussion.
Tomorrow I leave to begin my summer job as worship coordinator at the Barbara C. Harris Camp in New Hampshire.  Excited for the opportunity to work with a lot of youth from Massachusetts this summer and staff from around the world.  Will continue to post here from there, though maybe at a reduced rate for the summer, and expect to have lots of fun stories to tell about the summer camp experience.
In the spirit of Episcopal worship (and since it is Sunday), here is the collect for this week:
O God, the King of glory, you have exalted your only Son Jesus Christ with great triumph to your kingdom in heaven.  Do not leave us comfortless, but send us your Holy Spirit to strengthen us, and exalt us to that place where our Savior Christ has gone before; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, in glory everlasting.  Amen.

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