What I Read Online – 09/25/2012 (p.m.)

26 Sep
    • he Scottish tradition has a strong focus on doctrines of salvation and the ordo salutis (order of salvation). But the Dutch Reformed tradition also emphasizes worldviews, cultural engagement, and the lordship of Jesus over all aspects of life. The two streams have not converged as much as you might expect, considering their common source.
    • How should Christians think about psychiatric medication?—by considering at least two aspects of what it means for people to be made as the image of God.
    • First, psychiatric medication does not address the main dilemma in human trouble: sin.
    • Second, psychosomatic unity means that problems are never merely physical, but always involve a spiritual response.
    • Third, psychosomatic unity means sin’s effects are both spiritual and physical; therefore, Christians should acknowledge that brain dysfunction is a theologically tenable possibility and that such a condition would in some way hinder the soul’s operation. 
    • One caution: psychiatric medication should not be used in a depletive fashion—for instance, to hinder an intrinsic capability or numb a proper neurological response.
    • Later in the day, the Rev. Brian D. McLaren, Mr. McLaren’s father and the former pastor of Cedar Ridge Community Church in Spencerville, Md., led a commitment ceremony with traditional Christian elements before family and friends at the Woodend Sanctuary of the Audubon Naturalist Society in Chevy Chase, Md.
    • Francis Watson of the University of Durham has provided a six-page analysis (PDF) of the Coptic fragment which seems to say Jesus was married. This is the most in-depth examination I have seen yet. Professor Watson concludes that


      The text has been constructed out of small pieces – words or phrases – culled mostly from the Coptic Gospel of Thomas (GTh), Sayings 101 and 114, and set in new contexts.


      This is most probably the compositional procedure of a modern author who is not a native speaker of Coptic.

    • Stephen Cleobury of King’s College, Cambridge, plays ‘Arrival of the Queen of Sheba’ by George Frederick Handel (arr. Stainton de B Taylor). He plays the organ in the Chapel at King’s College.

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