What I Read Online – 09/24/2011 (p.m.)

25 Sep
    • To view the webcam, click on the image above.  After a few seconds, you will see a large image of the view as it was around 5:00am this morning.  Now, slowly move your mouse left and right across the image.  As you do so, the picture will change – 10 minutes at a time.  By moving your cursor over to the right, you will be able to see an almost ‘live’ view.  At most, it should be 5-10 minutes out of date.
    • Yet Piper does not regard himself as a model pastor for urban, multiethnic churches. He has chosen to invest his time in preaching and writing, rather than building relationships with his neighbors. So you won’t find a lot of purely practical counsel in his new book, Bloodlines: Race, Cross, and the Christian. But even the best how-to advice on racial reconciliation won’t do you any good if racism still lurks in your heart, shielded from the liberating effects of the gospel. Growing up during the death throes of segregation in Greenville, South Carolina, Piper was a racist. You might be, too, so follow Piper’s lead in Bloodlines as he applies the gospel of Jesus Christ to one our most intractable social problems.
    • Only Piper could make such a compelling case for how the five points of Calvinism offer a remedy for racism. Even “limited atonement” (or as he prefers, “particular redemption”) encourages us to pursue racial harmony by teaching the glorious truth of Revelation 5:9. “Worthy are you to take the scroll and to open its seals,” sing the four living creatures and twenty-four elders, “for you were slain, and by your blood you ransomed people for God from every tribe and language and people and nation.” Piper marshals this and many other texts to show us that racial reconciliation is not an option. It’s the future we’ll enjoy in heaven and the privilege of worshiping the King today.
    • We may be tempted to let them join, figuring we can disciple them later and get them to move out. But this approach lacks integrity. When we (the church or the elders depending on your polity) welcome someone into membership we are giving our verdict that this person, as best as we can tell, is a child of God and is walking with God. There is no problem in admitting sinners to church membership (what church would be left without sinners!). The problem is admitting those who do not acknowledge their sin. Church membership, de facto, is an invitation to the Table. But would we not discipline (I hope) a couple committing sexual sin?
    • Special relativity does not forbid all faster-than-light travel. It only forbids faster-than-light travel for particles with mass that start out traveling under the speed of light. This is because the equations of special relativity indicate it would take an infinite amount of energy to accelerate a particle with mass through the speed of light. However, if a particle with mass is created with an initial velocity greater than the speed of light, that is not a problem. Indeed, scientists even have a name for such a particle – the tachyon. The particle is hypothetical, of course, but it is consistent with special relativity.
    • Rather, by the “perspicuity of Scripture” we mean that the central story-line of creation, fall, redemption, and consummation and the message of salvation by grace through faith in Jesus Christ are abundantly clear to those with eyes to see and ears to hear, and that God’s people are therefore to be encouraged to read the Scriptures for themselves. 
    • Let me interject at this point that I share the concerns that many conservative Christians have about the increasing pervasiveness of an evolutionary worldview and of the theological and anthropological implications of doctrinaire evolutionary naturalism.   That being said, Williamson’s insistence on reading the text in such a way as to exclude evolution may skew things, especially when we begin to see that the formal polemic in Genesis 1 is not against modern theories of evolution but against ANE polytheism. 

Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here.

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