What I Read Online – 09/20/2012 (p.m.)

21 Sep
    • The whole world changed on Tuesday. At least, that is what many would have us to believe. Smithsonian magazine, published by no less than the Smithsonian Institution, declared that the news released Tuesday was “apt to send jolts through the world of biblical scholarship–and beyond.” Really?
    • For a start, some disputable matters become points of identity for a church. Take baptism. I’m ready and willing to argue the case for baptism as I see it in Scripture. But I understand that some of my brothers hold equally convinced differing positions. One of us is weak. One is strong. I’m not going to let that break fellowship, but equally, a church of which I’m a minister must have a position to which it holds.
    • If there is gospel etiquette for the gathered church, it starts with evaluating my heart, not their actions.
    • Arrive early.
    • Park far, sit close.
    • Participate heartily.
    • Smile.
    • Stay late and engage others.
    • Come to receive from God and give to others.
    • The Bible says that the most important thing is that we love God with all our heart, mind, and soul. That is why I pray that for you each night. Because God loves you so much, you don’t have to worry about anything bad happening. Jesus already took on for us the very worst thing that could happen. You can trust God to be with you no matter what happens.
      • It’s déjà Vinci time. There’s been lots of hype recently, but here’s my summary of the publicly known facts:



        1. A few centuries after Jesus was around, various people had various ideas about various things.
        2. Some people living at some point up to 300 years after Jesus lived possibly claimed that Jesus had a wife.
        3. Some of these people wrote their ideas down in story-form.
        4. A small bit of the thing they wrote seems to have been found recently by somebody somewhere, and has been purchased by an anonymous collector.
    • Despite such flimsy evidence, why do so many people want Jesus to be married?
    • Firstly: If you want to check out the Christian text with the most ancient public manuscript evidence, read John’s Gospel. The earliest manuscript fragment, from the early 2nd century, is in Manchester UK, and it’s free to the viewing public

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