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I read once that there are two types of people:

Those who one day lose everything on their hard drive

and

those who one day lose everything on their hard drive.

😉

This weekend I fit both groups.

I was hooking up a 7 Port Hub and when I plugged my laptop back up, it threw a circuit breaker in my house.  When I switched the circuit back on and turned on the laptop, I had no hard drive!

I lost all the work I did on Saturday for a forthcoming Leadership Network Missional Renaissance article.

But it could have been much, much worse.  I did not lose the vast majority of 22 years of personal computing because I backup my data every evening losing the inexpensive and easy-to-use Second Copy utility.  I backup my USA TODAY laptop every morning and my personal laptop late every evening automatically using this tool.  And I always extend the warranty on my computers when I purchase them so I should have a brand new hard drive in a few days.

So if you don’t back up your data on a regular basis, please start!

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““Anonymity is not the driving value for seeker services anymore,” says Hawkins. “We’ve taken anonymity and shot it in the head. It’s dead. Gone.” In the past Willow believed that seekers didn’t want large doses of the Bible or deep worship music. They didn’t want to be challenged. Now their seeker-sensitive services are loaded with worship music, prayer, Scripture readings, and more challenging teaching from the Bible.”

See the whole Christianity Today article

Please help my friend Will Samson study the Emerging Church!  This is for his Ph.D. work and could be helpful to the conversation.

He writes:

“If you consider yourself part of the conversation/phenomenon that is the Emergent/Emerging Church, I would appreciate ten minutes of your time.

I am collecting preliminary data for a more detailed social network survey in the fall. The survey involves the Emerging / Emergent Church, and the people who tend to be connected to that conversation. If you would be willing to help out, Click here to take survey

This is a convenience sample, and is not meant to be scientific. However, if you would be willing to help out, it should take less than ten minutes to answer just a few short questions, and I would really appreciate it.”

The New International Version of the Bible is by far the most preferred translation of the Scripture, according to a new survey of U.S. evangelical leaders.

More than 65 percent of the participating leaders named the NIV as their preferred Bible in a survey conducted by the National Association of Evangelicals (NAE) in light of the NIV’s 30th anniversary this year” [links added]

– read the whole Christian Post article here

“Some Christians are upset—because they left out Jesus, because non-Christians were singing a song of “praise”, because it was all about money, because it’s another example of Christianity being “censored.” Other Christians are elated—because they put Jesus back in, because a praise song was heard by millions of people, because they see this as incredible evangelistic platform.

I guess I’m not really at home with either group. With all due respect, I don’t think that having a song like Shout to the Lord sung (even though I like it) is going to usher in revival. This reminds me of the fervor before the movie The Passion of the Christ was released. People spoke about this movie as if it was the ultimate opportunity for the gospel to advance. I don’t think it was. Was I glad that it was released? Sure. But I think that it’s too easy for Christians to think that any moment in the media spotlight on TV or in film is a bigger deal than it really is. We should welcome any opportunity for media to help spread the good news about Jesus, but I don’t think we should put too much stock in that vehicle. The gospel is going to advance as it always has—steadily as it is clearly proclaimed by believers in their words and modeled by their lives and actions. The gospel advances as local congregations receive and live God’s word for their neighbors to see.

So I’m more excited about Christians inviting their unbelieving friends over to watch American Idol together so they can build friendships and establish a platform for sharing the gospel in that relationship than I’m excited about an occasional worship song being sung on the show. If both happen, that’s cool, too.”

Josh Harris provides some inside information and perspective on the signing of this song last week on American Idol.

ht:  Justin Taylor

“I get that this whole thing — emergent vs. emerging — is a meme being repeated by some people who mean well and others who, well, mean less well. But those people are making a huge mistake, methinks, because they are perpetuating the very modern mistake of separation and fragmentation. This hyper-defining is no different from the early Methodists saying, “We’re not Anglican,” and the Anglicans saying, “You’re damn right you’re not!” But what’s interesting to me is how often I’ve lately heard Anglicans say, “We never should have let John Welsey go; that was a real mistake,” and Methodists say, “Too bad we couldn’t have stayed under the umbrella of Anglicanism, because I think we’d be better for it.”

Note well, O Definers, you may define me “out” of emerging or evangelical or orthodoxy, but beware, it’ll be you next. Drawing lines and defending borders never ends well for the line-drawers because before you know it, someone has drawn a line right behind your heels and, guess what, you’re suddenly on the other side of the line with me. Line-drawing is yet another form of infinite regression.”

See Tony’s entire post

Earlier, I had also wondered if it was worth making the distinction, which led to a significant amount of discussion in comments which is worth reading.

I think it would be a cheap shot to say that Tony is claiming that distinctions and definitions are inherently modern.  He uses the word “hyper-defining.”  I’m sure he would agree that some distinctions are helpful, such as – say – healthy food and unhealthy food.

For myself, I have decided that this distinction is useful. Among other reasons, the distinction helps to differentiate the formal organization Emergent from the wider emerging/missional church conversation of which it is a part.  It also seems to be increasingly accepted nomenclature within the conversation.

“The ESV Study Bible is the result of extensive work from 93 evangelical Bible scholars from 9 countries representing nearly 20 denominations and over 50 seminaries and Bible colleges. … Heading up the team are Lane Dennis (Executive Editor), Wayne Grudem (General Editor), J. I. Packer (Theological Editor), C. John Collins (Old Testament Editor), Thomas R. Schreiner (New Testament Editor), and my buddy Justin Taylor (Managing Editor).

The ESV Study Bible includes the 757,000 words of the Bible along with an additional 1.1 million words of theological resources, which is the equivalent of a 20-volume resource library. Those resources include 25,000 notes, over 50 articles, 200 full-color maps, 200 charts, 80,000 cross-references, and some 40 color illustrations ….  ”

more comments from Mark Driscoll (ht:  Justin Taylor)

The ESV Study Bible Site