This post is part of my continuing series which showcases the strengths of other great bloggers. You can view other “Blogs I Wish I Wrote” by clicking here.
In today’s installment of BIWIW I’m featuring Lex Loizides’ Blog, which almost daily features a short story from the history of the church. Currently Lex is blogging through the figures that influenced the First Great Awakening here in America: Jonathan Edwards, John and Charles Wesley, George Whitefield, and others.
The BIWIW comes from Lex’s retelling of a several day period in the life of John Wesley where Wesley approaches evangelism only when he felt moved by the Spirit, much like present day Charismatics. I appreciate people who are moved by the Spirit to evangelize and have seen amazing fruit from the process. But if the truth be told, I think many Charismatics miss something in this approach. To find out how John Wesley faired, continue reading Lex’s post here.
Today’s installment of “Blogs I Wish I Wrote” features a post from Randy Bohlender. Randy, better than anyone I read or know of is qualified to speak on behalf of the pro-life movement about what happened to Dr. George Tiller. Randy is an advocate for the unborn, a practitioner of adoption, and a voice for redemption in the fight for the rights of unborn children.
It comes as no surprise then that everything that I and many other pro-lifers were subconsciously chewing on, he has articulated extremely well in his latest posts. The death of Tiller was in no way a victory for our movement, just another opportunity for gross misunderstanding on all sides. Randy’s post takes us beyond just the sad death of this doctor and looks at the struggle that has brought us here. I would encourage you to read his post on the subject here and take a look at some of the follow up thoughts here.
It’s time for another installment of “Blogs I Wish I Wrote.” Today’s featured blog comes from Mark at Godgrown. I’ve been following Mark for awhile now and I really appreciate a lot of what he writes. There have been a couple of times where he has taken some topic that has gripped the national headlines and turned it on it’s head in a way that causes me to understand the Gospel or the Kingdom in a new light. In a way it’s quite a bit like how Jesus would use parables in his day to convey divine truth and Mark is pretty good at it. Previously I’ve seen him take the Federal Bailout that recently happened and use it to communicate God’s heart to “bail us out” of our sin.
Today, however, Mark looks at how the church is supposed to possess a message that spreads much like the Swine Flu, and he calls it the Kingdom Flu. Mark not only gives us a good picture for how the message of the Gospel is supposed to spread, but delves into why it’s not and what it would look like if it did. I’m a little jealous of what Jesus taught through Mark today, so it goes on the list of “Blogs I Wish I Wrote.” You can read it here.