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What I Read Online – 09/11/2012 (p.m.)

12 Sep
    • Between songs he’s obviously a normal, happy-go-lucky kid, but then when the songs start, he goes stone-cold and hunches down into the piano until, at the end of each song, his head ends up below the keyboard. What a character.
    • Love them more than you hate where they are at.
    • Think like a missionary.
    • I remember the moment when I put my NASB preaching Bible back on the shelf and pulled out my old KJV Bible. For more than eight years I used the King James Version in my preaching. Why? It was the love language of our people, it brought me into their world, and it freed us to work on other, more important things.
    • Small changes + time = progress.
    • A small degree change on the rudder of a big ship can slowly but significantly alter a course. What’s more, this small shift is less likely to freak out the passengers.
    • Ground them in the Bible.
    • Wait for a providential tipping point.
    • I spent lots of time with new members and cast a clear vision within our membership class. Eventually enough things converged to produce momentum.
    •  Make tough changes with a personal touch.
    • people are more likely to accept change when you use a personal touch.
    • Many of us have unintentionally cultivated what might be called theological detachment: a divide between spirituality and theology, life and thought, faith and agency.
    • It is God who gave us minds, bodies, wills, and affections. Let us not choose, then, between thinking and living, between our head and our hearts. In practice—whether we realize it or not—our thinking affects our lives, but our lives also affect our thinking. It’s not a one-way street.
    • Simply put, theology is about communion with God.  We need to make sure that our worship is directed to the God who is, rather than the deity we imagine.
    • The Liturgical Panel is not creating new vows that require submission. In revising the present wedding service they are recommending a change from the present vow of “obey”, to “submit”. “Submit” is a superior word on several counts. “Obey” is a word of command and performance whereas “submit” is a word of relationship. While they often go together, the appropriate word to draw from the New Testament usage is “submission” (Ephesians 5:21ff., Colossians 3:18). Nowhere in the New Testament is the wife commanded to “obey”. Interestingly nobody seems to be arguing that the present word “obey” is better—just that “submit” is wrong.
    • Children may be brought into the world by sex but they are nurtured and cared for by families. Destabilizing marriage destabilizes family life to the cost and detriment of all concerned—children in particular, but ultimately, the whole of society.
    • From a Christian perspective, this destabilization comes from individual sinfulness. Yet we would also argue that society’s devaluation of marriage has impacted individual marriages and families as well. While all political parties claim to support the family, and Australians see ‘the family’ as the most important value in life, the cultural reality is that changes to marriage have made it more difficult to maintain family life. Society has undermined families through legislation by making divorce easy and giving equivalent legal standing to cohabitation. It also undermines marriage by the media’s constant glorification of sexual activity without relational consequences, and by the educational authorities’ ‘non-judgemental’ teaching on sexuality. The redefinition of marriage to include same-sex marriage is just another step in weakening this basic building block of families.
    • The issue of the wedding vows highlights the difference between the wedding of two people and the wedding of a man and a woman. If the marriage is simply between two people then there is no reason to have differentiated vows. Each could make identical vows. However, in the marriage of a man and a woman, the vows should quite appropriately reflect the differences of a wife and a husband—for the experience of marriage is different for a man and a woman. Marriages will be helped by wedding vows that reflect and articulate not only the common commitment to each other but also the differing commitment to each other.
    • Men and women are equally human, equally created by God in his image, and so should be treated with equal rights before the law. But men and women are different. And this difference is quite significant in the creation of a family. The activity of mothering is not the same as fathering. It is an unrealistic naivety to ignore the asymmetrical nature of family life.
    • The difference between men and women in marriage and family life is exhibited in the wedding attire of every bridal party. We do not simply marry ‘partners’ but husbands and wives.
    • the clash is over the very concept of submitting yourself to anybody or laying down your life for anybody. That is what is so foreign and alien to the materialism, hedonism and individualism that our Western culture values. But a society built on those values will not make for happy families.
    • Because marriage is built on the purpose of our creator in making us as males and females in his image, Christians know how good marriage is. We may have a bad marriage because of human sinfulness, but that doesn’t nullify the good of marriage itself. For Christian marriage is to be an expression of living faithfully in the sacrificial service and willing submission of grace and forgiveness.

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