Weekly Wraps (December 26-January 1)

Tim Keller on culture, Ed Stetzer follows up on Keller, Justin Taylor on Christopher Hitchens, and et cetera.

1. Coming Together on Culture: Theological Issues (Tim Keller) – Keller blogs on Christianity and culture.

2. The Mission of the Church– More Thoughts from Keller and the Gospel Coalition (Ed Stetzer) – Stetzer follows up on Tim Keller’s blog.

3. Christopher Hitchens (1949-2011) (Justin Taylor) – Taylor blogs on Christopher Hitchens and his death.

4. The Name of Jesus (Kevin DeYoung) – DeYoung blogs on Jesus’ name. He writes: “But let’s be clear: the name of Jesus is not a magic wand. Chanting it does not give one special powers. The power in the name is the person behind the name.”

5. Christopher Hitchens Has Died, Doug Wilson Reflects (Doug Wilson) – Wilson writes an obituary for Hitchens.

6. Reflections on the Death of Christopher Hitchens (Ed Stetzer) – Stetzer blogs on Hitchen’s death, but proposes a different reaction.

7. Christopher Hitchens, the Mission of Desiring God, and God’s Word About Death (John Piper) – Piper blogs on Hitchens and looks at the Bible for death.

8. Your Podcast Is Not Your Pastor (Trevin Wax) – Wax blogs on Pastors and podcasts. He quotes Russell Moore: “When I am talking to young evangelicals, often who are in ministry, and I say, ‘Who has been really influential upon you in ministry and on learning to preach and to do the things of ministry?’ ten years ago, most people would have given me the name of a local pastor who had mentored them and worked with them. Now they are mentioning a disembodied voice that they have heard on a podcast. That’s a very dangerous thing…” Interesting!

9. Is The Celebration of Christmas a Pagan Ritual? (R.C. Sproul) – Sproul answers the question. He writes: “I can’t think of anything more pleasing to Christ than the church celebrating his birthday every year.”

10. An Unwed Teen with an Unplanned Pregnancy (John Knight) – Knight blogs on Mary the mother of Jesus, and hardship.

11. Who Was Saint Nicholas? (Mark Driscoll) – Driscoll blogs on St. Nicholas. I like this: “Nicholas reportedly also traveled to the legendary Council of Nicaea, where he helped defend the deity of Jesus Christ in AD 325.”

12. What We Tell Our Kids about Santa (Mark Driscoll) – Driscoll on redeeming Santa and telling the truth to their children.

13. The Pew Forum Releases New Research on Global Christianity (Ed Stetzer) – Stetzer blogs on the highlights of Pew Forum’s research on global Christianity. He also provides graphs and charts.

14. When Was Jesus Born? (Mark Driscoll) – Driscoll blogs on Jesus’ birth. He discusses where December 25 originated.

15. Self-Righteous Snobbery (R.C. Sproul) – Sproul blogs on contact with unbelievers.

16. Why Is Christmas the 25th? (Tim Challies) – Challies blogs on the origin of the said date.

17. Dude, Where’s Your Bride? (Kevin DeYoung) – DeYoung addresses a concern to single men. This blog is one of the top blogs of The Gospel Coalition (TGC) for 2011.

18. Al Mohler on Mark Driscoll (Tim Challies) – Challies transcribes the question and answer portion involving Albert Mohler on a conference. I already heard of this before, but reading this transcript is re-enlightening. Mohler was asked about Mark Driscoll. I praise God for this two Christian leaders.

19. The Early Beginnings of Desiring God (Desiring God) – Char Ransom narrates how John Piper was brought to Bethlehem Baptist Church. She was part of the search committee back then.

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About Enzo Cortes

Enzo Cortes is the Youth Coordinator of Jzone Makati, the youth ministry of Christ's Commission Fellowship (CCF) Makati. He also speaks for various youth and young adult groups, including CCF Makati's young singles ministry, Friday Night Light. He loves to write, read books and blogs, drink coffee, and watch MMA fights.

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