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What I Read Online – 10/09/2012 (a.m.)

09 Oct
    • Looking back over many years of university teaching of the history of the Ancient Near East, I know of how many incorrect things I taught my students. The balm for my conscience is that I also tried to warn them of the fallibility of scholarship.
    • If you have read books or heard talks that speak about all the light that has been thrown on the biblical text by recent discoveries, then it may surprise you to be told that very little of what archaeologists and historians have discovered in recent years is directly, specifically helpful in understanding the Bible. Often it gives a better feel for the general environment in which the people of God lived, but that is not the same as illuminating a particular verse. 
    • Homeschooled students are as prepared or even better prepared for college academics as their high school graduate counterparts. Occasionally, socialization might be a concern but not very often.
    • While every student is different, I think this might give a homeschooling parent pause when deciding what to do with an academically-advanced student who has finished all his or her high school courses “early.” It might be natural to think that sending the student off to college right away would be the right thing to do, but you might want to consider how mature the student is and whether or not being younger than everyone else might be an impediment to college success. At least some community college admissions officers think it will be.
    • The chief modern rival of Christianity is ‘liberalism,’” Machen asserted. “Modern liberalism, then, has lost sight of the two great presuppositions of the Christian message–the living God and the fact of sin,” he argued. “The liberal doctrine of God and the liberal doctrine of man are both diametrically opposite to the Christian view. But the divergence concerns not only the presuppositions of the message, but also the message itself.”
    • It is good for the pastor’s children to be reminded of the important work their Dad does.  It is not good for the pastor’s children to assume the burdens of that work, which unknowingly happens more than we might realize
    • It is no wonder. These hymns were written with that very purpose in mind. Pastoral and theological giants of the past went to pain-staking lengths to pen doctrinally rich, gospel-centered songs with the intention of shaping the people under their care. They poetically developed their thoughts to tell stories that would most memorably engage the intellects and emotions of the people who would be singing them. As a result, many of these songs became gems that have withstood the crucible of time.
    • Although it may be a little less obvious because it is a lot more common, heterosexual people do this a lot.
    • Then she explained, ‘I’ve been at the church for twenty years, and I’ve never been invited to a pastor’s home.’ You could have knocked me over with a feather

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