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What I Read Online – 03/27/2012 (a.m.)

27 Mar
    • These skeptics pride themselves on their commitment to rationality and evidence-based reasoning. However, what ought to be perfectly clear in this kerfuffle is that “being rational” is insufficient to deal with things like personal offenses, human preservation, and any statement or belief with an “ought” implied in it. More specifically, “being rational” provides no help or information to someone who is inappropriately propositioned in an elevator. The woman who was propositioned, and who, on her blog, names herself the “Skepchick,” assumed that the mere mention of her plight on her blog would rally the rationalist troops with appropriate, rationalist responses. But Dawkins dared to compare the Skepchick’s scare with Muslim mutilation and then to imply an (arbitrary) equation of moral equivalence. What Dawkins discovered is that such equations don’t compute for the Skepchick and her supporters. How can it be, we could ask, that so many committed to nothing more than being rational and evidential find themselves in such turmoil?
    • An ad hominem argument that is not fallacious is one in which a person’s position is challenged based on what that person himself claims. It is an ad hominem argument because it goes to the challenger’s own beliefs; it seeks to question the consistency of what someone believes, argues or maintains in light of other beliefs or arguments that one claims to hold.
    • The article is useful in that it points out, in a real-life, tangible way, just what it means when we say that atheists (skeptics included) cannot, on the basis of their own worldview, make a credible judgment on moral issues.
    • Marriage, sweet little people, is not for the purpose of your happiness.
    • “What’s on your mind these days? “
    • If your wife or husband does something really stupid, forgive. If they do it again, forgive again. Forgiveness must be the propelling force in your lives each day. Dwell on the strengths, push out thoughts of their weaknesses. Take every thought captive–choose to love.
    • The vows you took on your wedding day were not suggestions. They were covenant vows, before a Holy God, family and friends, to stay with this person the rest of your life, even if you don’t feel like it. You swore a solemn oath and if you can’t live up to it, don’t get married. Decide up front that your marriage is irrevocable. There is far more motivation for getting along if your “marriage house” has no door.
    • I want you to be happy, I surely do. But I will pray for you to be holy.
      • Tracts are tools best used as an outgrowth of relationship, not in place of relationship.
      • Know your audience; choose a design and an approach that fits with the person you’re talking to.
      • When leaving a tract at a restaurant, be generous and thoughtful with the tip amount. Remember that for many servers, you’re representing Christianity as a whole. Use the opportunity to reflect God’s grace and generosity.
      • Tracts are strategic tools, but they aren’t comprehensive. Be ready with other resources such as Christian books to help answer the additional questions that come up.
      • Have your Bible or Bible app close by; ready to read the Word of God with the people you’re caring for.
      • Pray for the people you share with consistently and, on occasion, let them know that you’re praying for them
      • Follow up with the person you’re sharing with and help them find a church.
    • Who is my pastor, and what does he need in order to remain spiritually healthy and to grow in grace?” Does it seem right and healthy to you that in many churches no one gets less of the ministry of the body of Christ than the pastor? Does it seem best to you that most pastors live outside of above the body of Christ?
    • If Christ is the head of his body, then everything else is just body. The most influential pastor or ministry leader is a member of the body of Christ; therefore, he needs what the other members of the body needs. A intentional culture of pastoral separation and isolation is neither biblical nor spiritually healthy.
    • A relative said to me, “It must be great to only have to work one hour a week on Sundays.” I replied, “Do you know what’s better? Olympic sprinters only have to work for 9.6 seconds or so, every four years!”
    • Vets don’t complain about being surrounded by animal smells all day, and pastors don’t bat an eye at being inundated with people’s problems all week. I’m just pointing out that if your pastor hasn’t invited you to coffee lately, it probably isn’t because he’s chilling at the beach all week working on his tan.

       

    • “Remember:

       

      1. you can’t please everyone all the time,

       

      2. you only have one Boss, and

       

      3. you can sleep when you’re dead!”

       

    • Scholars in the church, you have an incredibly unique opportunity to serve your pastors, leaders, and young aspiring ones in a way no one else can and with gifts no one else in the church possesses.  Offer yourselves to those in your church who regularly preach and teach.  Some may know the languages well, but others may not.  Greg not only taught me much Greek throughout the years, but also showed me how the unique gifts of a scholar can be used to serve Christ’s church when a scholar possesses a pastor’s heart.  Apparently, Greg’s pastor’s heart in the providence of God was placed there for a reason and has won out.  For that I am grateful.

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