Daniel Darling, author, pastor, speaker / Posts tagged "Friday Five" (Page 2)

Is Power Always A Bad Thing?

How should followers of Jesus think about the use of power? That's a question Christianity Today executive editor Andy Crouch addresses in his latest book, Playing God. I had the chance to ask him about this and other questions in a wide-ranging interview for Leadership Journal. Here's an excerpt: Your latest book, Playing God ventures into what you might call the "third rail" of evangelicalism, the idea of power. It seems we are afraid of power—is that due to so many examples of corruption and tyranny? Evangelicalism inherits the legacy of dissenting churches that were disenfranchised (by choice or by others' force) from their culture and the more established churches, and folks who found themselves in a minority position. It's also a movement that has always leaned towards individualism and away from institutionalism, for better and for worse. So it's not surprising that power is a topic that has seemed distant or downright dangerous for...

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A Theology of Technology

How do Christians handle technology? We we blindly accept it all forms as neutral? Do we withdraw in a sort of isolationist rejection? Fascinating questions we must tackle as faithful followers of Jesus during the digital revolution. These are the questions Craig Detwiler discusses in a fascinating new book, iGods. I had the change to chat with him this week over at Leadership Journal. Here's a snippet of that conversation: If you could counsel church leaders, how would you advise them to approach, in their teaching and personal life example, an adequate theology of technology? As with entertainment, the temptation seems to be disengagement or overindulgence. How do develop a maturity that welcomes the wonders and gifts of technology without letting our devices drive our decision-making? I've been rereading Scripture with an eye on technology, wondering how to translate enduring truths into contemporary terms. For example, can we call God the original technologist? Perhaps it is helpful...

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Mark Buchanan’s Writing Rhythm

Mark Buchanan is one of my favorite authors. He's a pastor, a teacher, and a man who can really turn a phrase. I had the chance to interview Mark last week for Leadership Journal. One of the questions I asked was this: What is your writing rhythm? Are you an early morning writer, a late-night writer? I write almost everything I produce—books, blogs, or articles—in a 4–5 hour block every Friday. I awake around 6:30 AM. I exercise, shower, eat, make coffee, read 2 chapters of Scripture and a few pages each of theology and history. Then, around 9 AM, I fire up the computer, and buckle down. I usually write until 2:00 PM (with a brief lunch break around 12:30). I try to finish shorter magazine pieces (under 1000 words) in a single sitting. Longer pieces, in two. When I''m working on a book, I don''t grant myself permission to leave...

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The Most Anti-Female Practice In the World

Yesterday I interviewed Marian Liatuad, editor of Today's Christian Woman and Church Law and Tax Report for Christianity Today International. I was excited to interview Marian, because she has fascinating interests. Besides her writing and editing, she's a marathoner, running to raise money for charity water and she's an outspoken advocate for the unborn, particularly against sex-selective abortion. She wrote a terrific book, War on Women.  You've written extensively about the practice of sex-selective abortions, calling a ban on them a "no-brainer." Why don't you think more feminists are speaking up about this practice? I called a ban on sex-selective abortions a “no brainer” because at the time I wrote this, there was legislation being floated on Capitol Hill that included language about prohibiting sex-selective abortions. Some argued that this was added to create a lightening rod with the issue. Gendercide (the intentional killing of unborn girls) doesn’t happen commonly in our country, but the U.S. is...

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