Posted tagged ‘Owen Strachan’

Get Entire Essential Edwards Collection 50% Off

July 27, 2010

For those well-acquainted with Jonathan Edwards and those who have not ready any of his works, the Essential Edwards collection is a must-read.  These five books, written by Owen Strachan and Doug Sweeney are excellent pieces devotional in nature and sure to challenge you in your affectionate pursuit of Christ and understanding of His truth.

For the next week, you can get all five books for 50% off the retail price ($44.95) through Westminster Bookstore.  That is all five books for $22.50.  The five books are:

For an overview of this series, check out the following videos.  Remember, the 50% sale ends August 2, so be sure to take advantage of it when you can!

2010 Band of Bloggers Rewind – YouTube Clips

April 17, 2010

My good friend Tony Kummer surprised me by capturing video of the 2010 Band of Bloggers via his Flip and has posted them in 10 separate clips on YouTube.  A complete video will hopefully be available soon.

Here are the clips in order of the meeting . . .


Jared Wilson – Idolatry as Identity

Justin Taylor – Idolatry and Kingdom Building

Trevin Wax – Idolatry as Covetousness (vs. Contentment)

Jonathan McIntosh – Idolatry as Internet Slavery

Panel Discussion Part 1

Panel Discussion Part 2

Panel Discussion Part 3

Panel Discussion Part 4

The Social Media Debate: To Use or Not to Use

November 19, 2008

Earlier this morning, I watched a portion of Aaron Marshall’s presentation (via live-streaming) at Southern Seminary entitled “How to Use Social Media for Ministry WITHOUT Overloading, Burning Time, and Losing Your Religion.”  In the introduction of his post, Marshall writes,

Social Media is said to be the biggest change in communications in the last 50 years. These social technologies are revolutionizing the way people are conversing, collaborating and connecting. If your goal is to reach people and bring glory to God than this is something you cannot ignore.

I wrote last week why I use Twitter, and I am fairly networked on the internet with several blogs, Facebook (and groups) and a couple of Twitter accounts.  On the same morning that Aaron Marshall gave his presentation advocating social media for ministry, I checked out what my good friend Owen Strachan had to say and the questions/challenges he presented in his blogpost, “Questioning Twitter and Status Updates: Or, How to Become Unpopular with Everyone in a Few Short Paragraphs.” Here is the latter portion of his well-articulated argument:

I also wonder about the danger of narcissism with this new method of communication.  Why do we need to tell each other what tv show we’re watching?  Why do we constantly change our Facebook profile pictures?  Why do we blather on forever on our blogs about what we’re doing, liking, missing, and hoping?  Ours is a narcissistic, self-focused generation, and the level of this narcissism boggles the mind.  We know so little in the way of self-control and modesty and are so skilled in the ways of self-promotion and impulse-gratification.  I fear that our Facebook pages, Twitter accounts, and blogs all too often represent a shallowness of soul that cries out for attention we do not need and should not want.

Look: all the cultural momentum points away from self-control, modesty, and the pursuit of a significant life.  We are encouraged by culture to be self-promoters, shallow, technologically obsessed, and unconcerned with the larger things and bigger questions of life.  I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen all of these problems cohere in a student in a class on some important Christian doctrine updating their Facebook page.  This, I would argue, is our generation’s constellation of problems captured in a single picture.  One is self-promoting (oftentimes), frequently posting a silly picture or comment, surfing the web, and ignoring complex instruction that requires concentration and that will almost certainly stretch and bless one’s mind and soul.  Such behavior is too frequent almost to notice and frighteningly bankrupt.

Many of us can make a quick sarcastic remark, but how many of us can follow a philosophical or theological argument?  Or, better yet, how many of us would want to?  Wouldn’t we rather Twitter, or check our email, or our Facebook page, or play a fun electronic game?  Most of us.  And most of us are becoming spiritually and intellectually thin, even as our narcissism grows bloated and our instincts for self-promotion wax hot.

I would challenge readers: speaking generally, don’t use Twitter.  Cultivate deep thinking even as you use technology.  If something smells strongly of self-promotion, give it a pass.  Be a part of Facebook, of other media, but do so thoughtfully, responsibly, edifyingly.  Glorify Christ not simply in how you use media, but in what media you use.

What are your thoughts?
(you can say it in more than 140 characters if you want)

East Meets West Via The Henry Center

June 5, 2008

This past week, The Henry Center, under the direction of Doug Sweeney and Owen Strachan, hosted an international conference in Hong Kong, China, covering topics of Christian identity in diverse situations. A number of faculty from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, along with scholars from Westmont College, Beeson Divinity School, Christar in India, Alliance Bible Seminary of China, Evangel Seminary in Hong Kong, and China Graduate School of Theology, participated in this conference. Strachan, in his introductory post, shares his initial thoughts, stating:

We are really excited by this conference, as it’s not common for Christians from East and West to gather together for such meaningful and productive fellowship. This is a very unique part of the privilege it is to labor for Christ in a world of increasing connection.

Owen has provided his own “Hong Kong Travelogue”–a series of blogposts covering the conference–which are listed below.

1. Hong Kong Travelogue, Day One: Discovery and Jetlag

2. Hong Kong Travelogue, Day Two: The Resort Seminary and Chow Yun-Fat’s House

3. Henry Center Travelogue, Day Three: Evangelical Identity and Ringo Starr

4. Henry Center Travelogue, Day Four: Holy War and Theological Education (Separately Considered)

5. Henry Center Travelogue, Day Five: Final Thoughts

Owen Strachan Joins P&P

February 26, 2008

Some of you will remember that I introduced Jason Meyer to you, who recently joined me here at P&P to write critical book reviews.  Well, I am happy to announce today that my good friend Owen Strachan has also decided to join me here at P&P.  Owen will be writing on a number of things but will likely be posting on issues related to Christianity and culture.

Owen has a brilliant mind and an excellent writer.  He and I first met in our Fundamentalism and Evangelicalism class (he was the fundamentalist, and I was the evangelical – okay, I am only kidding).  But we hit it off then, and we grew to be Harold J. Ockenga (Owen) and Carl F.H. Henry (me) wannabe’s.

If you have read any reviews or articles from IX Marks, you may be familiar with Owen as he has been a contributor to their ministry.  Having graduated from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Owen has accepted the position of managing director for the Carl F.H. Henry Center for Theological Understanding at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (personal note: I think I am rubbing off on Owen with this Henry business).  He is currently working on his Ph.D. in church history under Dr. Douglas Sweeney.  Most importantly, however, Owen is the husband of his lovely wife Bethany.

Aside from pastoral internships at Capitol Hill Baptist Church and editorial assistant to Dr. Mohler, perhaps Owen’s (arguably) most notable accomplishments is his rapping skills (for some reason this was not on the HCTU “About” page!).  Said at Southern also did a podcast with Owen, who is quite concerned that it has not has as many downloads at the interview with N.T. Wright.  See below:

In any case, I do not believe there is any reason to worry about the NPOS (New Perspective on Owen Strachan) as I will function as his personal “discernment police.”

But seriously speaking, I am thrilled to have Owen sharing his thoughts and partnering with me on this blog.  The contributions that he and Jason (Meyer) are going to make will be substantial, and for that, I am truly grateful.

Please welcome Owen to P&P, and I hope you will be encouraged in heart, stimulated in mind, and motivated in will through the contributions of those who make up this blog.