Has anyone out there besides me than watching the Formula One practice and qualifying this weekend? The first race of the season is tomorrow.

On Being Done, though Unfinished

Self-observation does not come easy for me. I’m about as self-aware as a golden retriever. My situation is beginning to sink in.

I’ve been sick with this blood cancer for about five years. My physicality has diminished, quickly at first, then gradually since. I really am quite incapable of more than minimal physical activity, and even that makes me shot for the rest of the day. I have already outlived the doctor’s expectations. Thus, I have sunk into more of a mental existence, of necessity.

This sinking is as frustrating for me as it is for those who love me. Yet, I cannot avoid it and must accept it, as must they.

I have fancied myself something of a conscience for the church in my little corner of the world. I have tried to be prophetic in the true sense of the word. I have tried to learn to be a faithful interpreter of scripture and have tried to use that interpretation in practical directions. I have, in the past, been modestly influential in the thinking of a handful of church leaders.

I now realize, as part of this painful analysis that I am unwillingly participating in, that I have no further standing for being influential in any corner of the church other than the one in my own head. I no longer deserve to be heard. My thoughts are no longer worthy of sharing.

Thus, I have determined to discontinue any posting that has the purpose of influencing the church and its people in how to behave and in how to think about behavior. Ethics is theology. That is, how we live is based on how we truly think about God.

But I’ll be leaving the job of “conscience” to those younger and more physically well than I. And to the Holy Spirit, so far as he is allowed to work in the church.

King David, Modern Moral Failures, & How the Church Should Respond: Tremper Longman (an interview) – Overthinking Christian

One thing that is clear and which separates him from Saul is that when he is confronted after he sins, he repents. That is what makes him a king after God’s own heart and that is why he is a poor comparison with Trump or Zacharias, neither of whom as far as I know repented of their sins.

I do find unsettling what we are talking about here; that is, the uncritical loyalty shown to compromised leaders. I in particular find unsettling the uncritical loyalty shown to the former president that stems from an erroneous Christian nationalism. What I find hopeful are people like former Governor of Ohio John Kasich, Senator Ben Sasse, Congressman Adam Kinzinger, and other Christian politicians who stand up against this madness at personal cost. The same is true for others: thinking of people like Peter Wehner (New York Times; The Atlantic) and David French (The Dispatch).

— Read on overthinkingchristian.com/2021/02/19/king-david-modern-moral-failures-how-the-church-should-respond-tremper-longman-an-interview/

Can God do good things through bad men? | Psephizo

And another article dealing with the same thing. It’s almost too heavy for me to bear.

But there are key questions to ask about the culture of organisations which allow the abuse of power by ‘celebrity’ individuals—something that is hardly limited to one tradition in the church, and which we have seen all across society. The issues seem to me to cluster around three key questions:

1. Why do we allow individuals to be put on pedestals where they appear to be above question or contradiction?
2. What happened to proper process of accountability and transparency?
3. Why is there a lack of honesty, particularly in relation to questions of relationships and sex?
— Read on www.psephizo.com/life-ministry/can-god-do-good-things-through-bad-men/

The Bigger They Are, The Harder They Fall: The Plague of Celebrity Culture Infecting Modern Evangelicalism – Overthinking Christian

Here is more on the celebrity culture that is spoiling the church. Celebrity culture is both a spot and a wrinkle.

There are three big names that have been creating online buzz since this past summer: Carl Lentz for his casual affair; Ravi Zacharias for his prolonged and predatory sexual abuse of women; and celebrity pastor John MacArthur and his mishandling of and irresponsible reaction to COVID– related to that would be McArthur’s attack on churches and pastors who are complying with government orders.
— Read on overthinkingchristian.com/2021/02/14/the-bigger-they-are-the-harder-they-fall-the-plague-of-celebrity-culture-infecting-modern-evangelicalism/