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What I Read Online – 03/08/2012 (a.m.)

08 Mar
    • “It seems odd, that certain men who talk so much of what the Holy Spirit reveals to themselves, should think so little of what he has revealed to others. My chat this afternoon is not for these great originals, but for you who are content to learn of holy men, taught of God, and mighty in the Scriptures. It has been the fashion of late years to speak against the use of commentaries…A respectable acquaintance with the opinions of the giants of the past, might have saved many an erratic thinker from wild interpretations and outrageous inferences” (C H Spurgeon).
    • Use them for appropriate task
    • Use recommended commentaries
    • It is good to talk about daddy
    • It is ok to miss daddy
    • This is why we need Jesus
    • At the same time, a complete answer would have to engage with the fact that Barth’s attractiveness to evangelicals is hardly explicable without reference to the increasing fragmentation and diversity within worldwide evangelicalism.
    • You could argue that where historic confessional evangelicalism is increasingly attracted to Barth it is because, at least in some areas, we see the issues less clearly than either our predecessors or Barth himself.
    • The majority of the baptist tradition has been composed of closed-membership congregations, but the open-membership strand has long been an identifiable, substantive entity within baptist life and tradition both historically and globally. Perhaps most notable among the open-membership advocates is renowned baptist preacher John Bunyan, author of Pilgrim’s Progress.
    • So the heart of the issue for us is not the doctrine of baptism but the importance of local church membership.
    • This is based on a deep conviction that it is very serious to turn someone away from membership in the local church.
    • Yes, the line should be drawn somewhere, but we’re convinced that, at least in our context, it should not be around the membership, but around the eldership.
    • Focus on this moment throughout the week
    • Model excitement about the Lord’s Day
    • Implement family worship at home
    • Read the passage during the week
    • Start early
    • Use Moments in the Service
    • Use the Obvious Helps
    • Sit near the Front
    • Create an atmosphere in your row
    • Enlist the Support of Other Members
    • Stop Worrying
    • Affirm Your Children
    • Be Consistent
    • Do Not be Overzealous
    • When we claim that we worship the “same” God we are essentially saying that Jews and Muslims worship Christ but they just don’t know it. By taking this position we are either denying the validity of our belief in Christ or dismissing the Muslims’ belief that Jesus is not divine. In essence we are claiming either that (1) despite their denials to the contrary, Muslims recognize Jesus is God, or (2) that it is possible to know and worship God and yet deny that Christ is God.
    • Most Muslims are aware of the person of Jesus Christ but simply reject the claim that he is God. While I disagree with their conclusion, I trust that they have what they consider justified reasons—at least consonant with their theology—for why they reject Jesus as God. By playing a “bait and switch” semantic game—claiming that we all worship the same God but adding an element on which they would vehemently disagree—we show a disregard and disrespect for Muslims.
    • By glossing over our profound theological differences with a layer of politically correct ecumenical agreement, we are being uncharitable to the followers of Islam.
    • Muslim do not worship the “God of Abraham” as the Jews and Christians conceive him to be. Their view of Allah is radically different from Yahweh. Other than claiming the lineage from Abraham, their conception of God is so radically different from ours that there is almost not basis to the idea that they are talking about the same Being.
    • When the Samaritans were presented with the claims of Jesus, they accepted him as the “Savior of the world.” In contrast, Muslims are also aware of the claims of Jesus and reject him as Messiah and the Son of God.
    • Since Christians believe in a triune God – Yahweh in three Persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit, we actually undermine the divinity of Christ by claiming that our God is the same as that of our Jewish friends. As Christians, we believe Jesus is so important that you can’t define God’s identity apart from Him
    • But I have saved the best for last. Knowing the biblical languages enables us to do something very few commentaries ever do: trace the flow of the argument of the text
      • So when all is said and done, we do not learn Greek

         

         

        • in order to do word studies,
        • but in order to see
        • where the conjunctions are and are not,
        • where participles must be decoded,
        • where clauses begin and end,
        • where verb tenses really make a difference and where they do not,
        • and, in the end, what the main point of a text actually is.

         

         

         

        I have never met anyone who, having learned Greek well, said it was a waste of time or unproductive.

         

        The next time someone tells you that the languages are unimportant, ask them if they made this judgment after having learned them.

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