Best of the Rest w/e 19 Jul 2013
In an outstanding article about John Profumo in the Wall Street Journal, Peggy Noonan writes:
The answer to the politician’s question, “What is the optimum moment at which to come back from a big sex scandal, and how do I do it?” is this:
“You are asking the wrong question.”
Not entirely unrelated.. “Grace is unconditional acceptance given to an undeserving person by an unobligated giver.” writes Tullian Tchividjian
Any interview that begins with the Archbishop of Canterbury saying “of course” he speaks in tongues is worth a look.
JI Packer expresses concern about the numbers game amongst church leaders. Stirring and challenging.
Equally stirring and challenging is ‘A Different Kind of Coming Out’, Justin Brierley’s interview with three evangelical pastors who ‘experience same-sex attraction’.
Peter Berger argues that “The rights of atheists, as of fundamentalists, must be zealously defended. This doesn’t mean taking them seriously.”
Nick Spencer is on fine form in this piece about the new ResPublica report Holistic Mission: Social action and the Church of England. Christians should be allowed - encouraged - not to hide the reason why they do the good works our impoverished state relies on them to provide.
And for a bit of Friday fun, find out how people stereotype your denomination.