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What I Read Online – 10/20/2012 (a.m.)

20 Oct
    • It seems reasonably clear that Samuel is coming from the realm of the dead. When he says Saul and his sons will be “with me” (v. 19) the next day, he means they too will be dead and hence in the realm of the dead. He is making no assessment or statement about Saul’s eternal state here.

       

    • Kuyper was a man of many hats: statesman, politician, educator, preacher, churchman, theologian, and philosopher. He was a modern-day Renaissance man who participated in the cultural conversation of his day. While Kuyper’s influence has been felt throughout the 20th century in the Dutch Calvinist branch of the Reformed church, his influence has expanded as scholars continue to mine his writings for resources to deal with the challenges of a public theology for the contemporary world.
    • During the course of his 57-year career, Abraham Kuyper started two newspapers, founded an influential political party, helped create a new denomination, started a university, was elected as his nation’s prime minister, and authored numerous important books. He spent 10 years as a preacher, 20 years as a professor, 42 years as a newspaper editor and chairman of his political party, 10 years as a member of the Dutch parliament, and 4 years as the prime minister.
    • I would not necessarily agree with all the emphases and recommendations, but – as someone who might end up at the sharp end of this kind of law – I appreciate the clarity of Rowan Atkinson’s argument, and the defence of the right to speak plainly. As ever, one is obliged to smirk at the intolerance of the alleged defenders of tolerance. 

    • Yet, while the questions hanging over the matter regarding his marriage are worrying, I confess that I find equally disturbing the idea that there are Christian groups out there willing to pay Christian leaders salaries of  $1,000,000 to head up Christian organisations and then fees of $10,000 and upwards for giving a single lecture.  When my youngest son read the reports online, his initial reaction was not to the marriage issue but to the cash: “That’s what really gets Christianity in this country a bad name.”  was his comment
    • 1. I have more than one blind spot
    • 2. I really need to signal well in advance
    • 3. I need to look over my shoulder
    • 4. I need to heed the honks
    • 5. Finally, I need to adjust the mirrors
    • Matthew Henry was born on 18 October 1662, not quite a full week before Black Bartholomew’s Day (24 October 1662), the date on which his father – in common with about 2000 other ministers of the gospel – was ejected from the Church of England for refusing to compromise his conscience by taking the Oath of Uniformity (binding those who took it to the prescribed forms of rite, ritual, administration of the ordinances, and prayers of the Church of England of its day). 350 years since his birth, what can we learn of his life and take from his legacy?
    • His exposition is often dismissed today as – at best – a sort of devotional trawl through the Bible, lacking a proper critical apparatus, sacrificing academic nous for catchy alliteration and apposition, with a little something to be said for its pithy pungency. To judge him thus is self-defeating nincompoopery of a high order. Henry’s scholarship is of his time, but for his time he had the cutting edge and – besides – the display of learning is not his aim. He combines thoroughness with terseness, explanation with application, scholarly insight with popular tone. One may trawl through countless modern commentaries and come away with a technically accurate but potentially arid grasp of the sense; Henry drives engagingly at the heart. When you feel you know what the text says, he helps you to say it. Others tell you what it means; Henry presses home what it means to you and to others. Henry’s Exposition carries you relentlessly from understanding to appreciation.
    • Congregationalists and Presbyterians can both agree that the authority inherent in the keys of the kingdom is the authority over the doctrine and discipline of the church (Matt. 16:19; 18:18-19). It is the power to affirm or deny that someone is a true Christian. It is the power to affirm or deny that a given statement is consistent with the Christian faith. Congregationalists believe this authority resides with the members of the church. Presbyterians believe this authority belongs to the officers of the church.
    • Why It Matters: Since 2007, when Mitt Romney first ran for president, many evangelicals have worried that Christians would be expected to temper their criticism of Mormonism since it could be construed as a condemnation of a Mormon politician. Sadly, that concern is proving to be valid. When an organization dedicated to evangelism chooses to self-censor for fear of appearing “political,” then we’ve reached the stage when we need to reevaluate our priorities.

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