What I Read Online – 04/27/2012 (a.m.)

27 Apr
    • People who don’t like, not just how Piper put things, but the actual content of his talk, are probably not going to like what they read in Calvin or Luther, the post-Reformation divines, the early church fathers or the like either. Those Bible teachers of history are, by and large, going to either be ‘as bad’ as Piper or ‘worse’. That’s important, because in our debates with egalitarians, many complementarians have pushed onto egalitarians that their views are a decisive break with the tradition, and how thousands of years of Christians have read the Bible.
    • It’ll be different in that they’ll still agree with tradition as to the meaning of the biblical texts, but they will be very unhappy with many of the reasons Christians have historically given for those commands.
    • Whatever God has in store for ‘complementarianism’ in the future our responsibility is to be clear, very clear, in articulating what we think and why we think it—what it is about the Bible, or a wise understanding of the world we live in, that leads us to the position we have in our ‘in house’ debates. And then to be clear, very clear, about the points at which, and the reasons why, we disagree with someone else who also rejects egalitarianism. Less heat, more light, is needed in these debates between ourselves especially when we need to say, “I think that’s outside the bounds of what the Bible teaches”. We need to work in a way that encourages that clarity and constructive frankness to take place. Thick skins when on the receiving end, and clear explanations of what we do and don’t believe and why when on the giving end is what we need to aim for.
    • But I also realised that she was leaving behind a gaping hole in the office that would be well nigh impossible to fill.
    • In the period she worked in my office, there had not been a single complaint from anyone about her—not from the church elders and deacons, not from the church visitors, not from her fellow members of staff, not from any church members—no, not one. From the time she would report for work to the time she would knock off (and usually she was among the very last to leave the office) she was ever working. Sometimes even when she was unwell, she would still come to work and insist that there was work to be done and until she cleared that work she needed to still be in the office.
    • A Theology of Reading

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