- - Wednesday, August 19, 2015

(1) Love toward Muslims, not fear, urged by Southern Baptist seminary professor (Baptist Press)
***Ibrahim grew up Coptic Orthodox in Cairo, Egypt. Now is a professor of Islamic studies at the SBC seminary in Louisville. He said, “Among Westerners in general, there is a sort of phobia about Muslims. But Islam is not monolithic. To say, ‘Islam is ISIS,’ is very naive.”

(2) Gulliver’s Travels’ ‘nonsense’ language is based on Hebrew, claims scholar
***Here’s a story that falls at the intersection of one of my favorite stories and one of my least favorite seminary courses. Through no fault of my professor, the Hebrew language often seemed like a giant to overcome, at least for my Lilliputian brain for ancient languages.

(3) Tolkien, Lewis, and the Blessing of a Messy Desk (Michael Kruger, Canon Fodder)
***Kruger extols the virtue of your pastor having a messy desk, as a sign of serious intellectual engagement going on.–”As I think especially about pastors today, my hope is that when parishoners enter their study they would see a desk piled high with books. And that those parishoners would know that their pastor is a thinker, has a passion for the Word, and is eager to pursue God with his mind, as well as his heart.”

(4) In support of general education that includes theology (National Catholic Reporter, Heidi Schlumpf)
***Writing within the context of some news from Notre Dame, the author argues for the importance of theology courses in the general course of studies.

(5) Ted Cruz: The Body of Christ Must ‘Rise Up’ This Election Season (Christian News Network)
***“Cruz said, “Nothing is more important in the next 18 months than that the Body of Christ rises up and that Christians stand up—that pastors stand up and lead.”



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