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

03 Aug
    • ‘The theologian, as I use the term, is one imbued with the knowledge of God and divine things, under the teaching of God himself; who celebrates his adorable perfections, not by words alone, but by the ordering of his life, and is thus entirely devoted to the Lord
    • This is a real challenge for theological educators as it is one area where seminaries cannot go very far in meeting the need.  Indeed, I find the whole notion of ‘spiritual formation’ within seminaries to be somewhat problematic: seminaries impart knowledge and skills which are essential for ministry and which cannot be acquired with like ease in a practical mentoring situation; they also provide a context for developing important and useful friendships which will last a lifetime; but they cannot really engage in spiritual formation in any deep way.  Certainly, the professor can and should strive to model  Christian behaviour; but the real, deep, lasting spiritual formation for ministerial candidates takes place in a church context just as it does for every other Christian.  The church is where the word is preached, the sacraments administered and discipling takes  place.
    • As pilgrims on this journey to the Celestial City, we must recognize the fact that coming to faith in Christ is the end of our enmity with God, but it is in nowise an end of warfare
    • This post-Christian culture would have us believe that the only way to bear witness to Christ effectively is to “contextualize” in a way that essentially leaves the path. We must walk like, talk like, dress like, live like, and love like the world in order to win the world. However, the opposite is actually true. It is, in fact, the straight and narrow path to the Celestial City that conforms us to the image of Christ. The path is where we learn the very truth to which we bear witness. And our desire is to have others join us on the path, not distract us from it
    • As I said in a previous post, the point of cultural apologetics is not permission for Christians to immerse themselves in worldly culture. Rather, it is an encouragement for believers to be aware of which cultural expressions are influencing their world, which are exhibiting truth or the suppression of truth, and consequently to learn to use those expressions to direct attention to the truth of the gospel
      ”First , a good preacher should be able to teach well, correctly and in an orderly fashion.


      Second, he should have a good head on his shoulders.
      Third, he should be eloquent.
      Fourth, he should have a good voice.
      Fifth, he should have a good memory.
      Sixth, he should know when to stop.


      Seventh, he should be constant and diligent about his affairs.
      Eighth, he should invest body and life, possessions and honor in it.
      Ninth, he should be willing to let everyone vex and hack away at him.”



      Posted August 2, 2012 @ 7:52 AM by Paul Levy



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