What I Read Online – 04/24/2012 (p.m.)

25 Apr
    • At the end of the day, God is working in us both to will and to do of his good pleasure. Although we must be struggling along these lines, and growing, yet as we look at our own struggles analytically—from a theological perspective, from a biblically faithful perspective—we recognize that we do this precisely because God is at work in us. That’s one of the signs that God is at work in us—that we want to struggle and keep on going.
    • So this does not mean, therefore, that you back off into passivity, let go and let God, God’s doing all the struggling on my behalf. Rather, it’s precisely God working in us that empowers us, and compels us, and activates us, and motivates us, and strengthens us, in order to keep struggling. So you are mandated by Scripture to choose the right, to make right decisions, to be godly, to be self-disciplined, and all the rest of those things.
    • he same gospel comes to different people, and it is applied to them in somewhat different ways. It’s why Puritans sometimes spoke about the importance of the “cure of souls.” When we speak of counseling, they speak of the cure of souls. They used the medical terminology because they saw that a big part of it was a right diagnosis.
    • To put it in the way that Tim Keller likes to put it, the religious world says do, do, do in order to gain reward, to be acceptable before God. Whereas the gospel says because it’s done, done, done, therefore, this is how we must live. To get all of that together in a right balance, you don’t swing the pendulum one way or the other and destroy people or destroy the gospel.
    • But that’s part of the challenge of preaching all the time. You’re preaching to a diverse crowd in a church, and you’re trying to make it apply to the right people. And so partly it’s by the balance of messages, partly by the way application is done,
    • We live in a society where we have relegated the teen years to something of a carefree vacation, protected from consequences and responsibilities.
    • It is strange that we teach young people complex calculus and physics but don’t think they can handle or will be interested in understanding the significance of the Trinity or atonement
    • Evangelistic passion among some youth pastors has meant a neglect of theology—both studying it and teaching it. We can aim for “decisions for Christ” and overlook the spiritual formation that follows conversion
    • Yet presenting the gospel without a solid theology is dangerous. A youth pastor with weak theology is more susceptible to developing a messiah complex, thinking we need to save these students. Students who don’t grasp good theology cannot articulate a faith that will stand up in college or beyond.
    • he newer is the truer,


      only what is recent is decent,


      every shift of ground is a step forward,


      and every latest word must be hailed as the last word on its subject.

    • the uncritical acceptance of the intellectual climate common to our own age and the assumption that whatever has gone out of date is on that account discredited.
    • It is my conviction that every privilege that a believer receives is providential and therefore they should be utilized purely for the glory of God Almighty with deep gratitude to Him.
    • there was the providence of God
    • Looking back, I am reminded of the following verse: “They have lyre and harp, tambourine and flute and wine at their feast, but they do not regard the deeds of the Lord or see the work of His hands” Isa 5:12. I never forgot the lesson I learnt on that day, to never ever forget the “work of His hands.”
    • In 15 or 20 years it is possible that ‘complementarian’ will need qualifying much like ‘evangelical’ does today; the word on its own won’t be clear or precise enough to communicate to others where you stand on the questions of the day. As egalitarianism and complementarianism increasingly part ways on the structural level and stop talking to each other or interacting with each other, the differences within the two camps will become more significant.
    • Complementarians rightly invest significant energy into working out what they can live with in this area, and what is simply too far from faithfulness to their understanding of Scripture’s commands for them to be able to accept it.
    • I take umbrage at its view of women as being inferior to men but I think its strong stance (that genuine inferiority in ability doesn’t make you any less valuable or honourable as a person) is an important balm when egalitarianism tends to buy into the view that women can only be equal to men if they are ‘as good as the men’—which has a terrible implication for those people in our society (men, women, children, the aged, the unborn, the disabled ) who aren’t ‘as good as the men’ and never will be.
    • they witness to the fact that being a leader is not the ‘gold standard’ for human beings, as though leaders are, overall, more capable and able and talented, than the people under their authority. Again, our society, and egalitarianism, is often deeply confused on this point and can make statements that suggest that only if women can lead like men are they truly being recognised to be as capable as men—which has disastrous implications for those people (men or women) who have no leadership ability and never will be leaders.
    • Both questions—what should women do and not do and in what spheres, and why do the limits exist—really matter, and the position in each of the two fault-lines can interact in a way that can generate a surprisingly wide variety of views, even among complementarians who all agree on how the relevant biblical texts should be read. And it’s not unusual for complementarians to see their particular combination of answers to the two questions as the One True Complementarianism, and to get a bit aggro about other positions for either being too close to misogyny or too close to egalitarianism.

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