Mark D. Roberts has started a series on "The Mission of God and the Missional Church".
Christianity Today is offering an email debate between atheist Christopher Hitchens and Theologian Douglas Wilson on "Is Christianity Good for the World?" (Note to those following my "Jesus Creed" posts: The debate makes ample reference to the importance of the Good Samaritan Story in ethical reasoning.)
Closer to (my) home, another member of my church, Kimberly Campbell has started a new blog called Inspire. An articulate and authentic young mom who has pretty recently begun the journey of walking with Jesus, Kim's blog is inspiring for the way it reveals the genuine gratitude of someone who has discovered grace, and the honest struggles with grasping that grace on days when it is not always apparent. Please go by Kim's blog and leave a comment encouraging her on. We need more voices like Kim's in the blogosphere.
And Jarhed Jon, a Marine and blogger who is also a member at SCPC offers this on what the prayers of God's people offered to him as he was deployed in Iraq this past year.
There are two things the prayers of God’s people provided: PERSPECTIVE and HOPE. The prayers of God’s people and the knowledge I had of them impressed upon me the fact that I was not ultimately serving the Marine Corps, God was using me in His service. My community in Christ reminded me that God is sovereign--not a military organization or any earthly power. Once my perspective was squared away, there was room for hope. The futility and fear of trusting in random luck, personal strength, military might or political policy was dispelled by the knowledge that people were praying for me and God was with me. I was reminded that God is involved in everything that happens to me. The prayers of His people impressed upon me the fact that God Himself is implementing His plan in the world--and I am a part of it; and so is everyone who prayed for me.
Jon recently reenlisted for another two years and faces another one year deployment to Iraq in January.