- Pastor Shaun Nolan points out that his output on the cessationist issue has been far more prodigious than my own, and he gives a helpful compendium of links. The problem for me is that my first three posts on the issue were avalanched under some 350 comments (at least two-thirds of which either ignored the point I made or tried to bury it). I haven't even found time to read all those comments, much less write replies. So I'll be moving forward pretty slowly. But I don't intend to give it up just yet.
- James White noticed that a high percentage of my commenters seemed to miss (or ignore) the point.
- At least Rusty gets it.
- Paul Huxley, on the other hand, figures "the burden of proof lies firmly on the cessationist side."
- Jeremy Felden summarizes the recent discussion here pretty well.
- John Schroeder thinks it's our fault apostolic signs and wonders have ceased, and he's tired of the discussion.
- Adrian Warnock raises a good question I hope to answer in an upcoming post.
- Kim Shay has as much trouble as I do trying to keep up with the comments here.
- In addition to all the comments posted here at PyroManiac, there have been a few excellent spin-off posts at other blogs, like these from James Spurgeon who blogged on the closing of the canon, and generated at least 30 comments in reply at his own site.
- And my friend Jerry Wragg anticipates a point I was hoping someone would make about exegesis.
- Meanwhile, BlueRajah and friends take turns deconstructing the PyroManiac.
- Gregg Hanke remembers the Northridge Earthquake, twelve years ago.
- Tim Challies honored me by naming me "king" last week. Thanks.
Two miscellanies on which I want to comment briefly:
- A group of scholars at The University of Edinburgh have started an excellent blog called The New College Conventicle as a way of sharing their interest in Puritan history. Here's a wonderful opportunity to eavesdrop on something worthwhile.
- There's a considerable amount of chatter in the Christian blogosphere about the new movie telling the story of Nate Saint's martyrdom. The conversation focuses on the Christian film producers' decision to cast Chad Allen, an outspoken gay rights advocate, in the role of Saint. Sharper Iron has had an active forum on the issue, and they are doing a good job of tracking the debate across the blogosphere.
For those who have inquired as to my position: I agree with those who are appalled at the casting decision. But I can't honestly say I'm surprised or shocked at stuff like this anymore. It's what inevitably happens in the academic and entertainment worlds when Christians begin to care more about being accepted by the world than they do about proclaiming our Lord's message clearly.
Some have asked whether I will boycott the movie. Is it technically a "boycott" if you weren't planning to attend anyway?
It disturbs me that even while they are ratcheting up their ongoing campaign against everything righteous, Hollywood moguls want to exploit evangelicals. It disturbs me even more that so many evangelicals seem blithely willingalmost eager, in factto be exploited.