I just had some delicious birthday cake. Chocolate cake, chocolate frosting, made by Striker. Perfect. I’ve been sung to several times, have had far more hugs than usual, received scads of birthday greetings on Facebook, got a free lunch with a good friend, have a new bag of Starbucks coffee and a box of Milk Duds. I’m 46 today. I’m officially in my late 40s now, but I’m feeling pretty good about that at the moment. I have accomplished so much this week – so much writing and researching and organizing materials at the church – that I feel like a rock star. A very, very tired rock star.
I forgot to post yesterday. When I realized that this morning, I decided that my birthday gift to myself would be to not fret over a missed post.
The new Civil Religion site has been launched here. If you scroll down you’ll see the bloggers. Horrifying photo, but…I will age gratefully, I will age gratefully, I will age gratefully. I would like to point out that the current title of my new post was not written by me and doesn’t fit the post. I have requested that it be changed. I have another post (about the Rob Bell/hell controversy) that will be published as soon as a technical glitch is worked out.
I’m actually really interested in the Rob Bell dustup. There’s so much going on here that’s worth examining – not just what we believe about heaven and hell, but how we derive those beliefs and what the implications are for the rest of our theological systems. And another topic worthy of consideration, most vividly on display through all this, is how Christians disagree with each other. John Piper’s “Farewell, Rob Bell” tweet seems a perfect example of how not to handle disagreement in the church. I hope to read Rob’s new book and write about it down the road.