What I Read Online – 10/25/2012 (a.m.)

25 Oct
    • This understanding strengthens the doctrine of believer’s baptism. New Testament baptism is a calling on Christ, a pledge of a good conscience to God. Baptism is the prescribed expression of faith, and as such it was necessarily intended for believers only
    • This understanding unravels the challenge of baptismal regeneration. These passages simply will not bear that much weight. Baptism “saves” only in that it is an expression of faith through which alone we are saved.
    • Finally, this understanding stresses the importance of baptism in the New Testament and should serve to reaffirm and reemphasize its role in the church today. In the minds and the practice of the apostles baptism was part of the conversion process, for in baptism saving faith in Christ was given proper expression. It was not a matter of delayed indifference
      • Always try to use the language so as to make quite clear what you mean and make sure your sentence couldn’t mean anything else.
      • Always prefer the plain direct word to the long, vague one. Don’t implement promises, but keep them.
      • Never use abstract nouns when concrete ones will do. If you mean “More people died” don’t say “Mortality rose.”
      • In writing. Don’t use adjectives which merely tell us how you want us to feel about the things you are describing. I mean, instead of telling us the thing is “terrible,” describe it so that we’ll be terrified. Don’t say it was “delightful”; make us say “delightful” when we’ve read the description. You see, all those words (horrifying, wonderful, hideous, exquisite) are only like saying to your readers “Please, will you do my job for me.”
      • Don’t use words too big for the subject. Don’t say “infinitely” when you mean “very”; otherwise you’ll have no word left when you want to talk about something really infinite.
      • And here are Orwell’s elementary rules for using non-literary use of “language as an instrument for expressing and not for concealing or preventing thought.”



        1. Never use a metaphor, simile, or other figure of speech which you are used to seeing in print.
        2. Never use a long word where a short one will do.
        3. If it is possible to cut a word out, always cut it out.
        4. Never use the passive where you can use the active.
        5. Never use a foreign phrase, a scientific word, or a jargon word if you can think of an everyday English equivalent.
    • The evidence is mounting that both DNA and proteins have been found in fossils that are supposed to be millions of years old. This means one of two things: Either DNA and proteins can be preserved a lot longer than anyone has expected, or these bones aren’t millions of years old. If I were a betting man, my money would be on the latter.
    • Those ways implemented in our church over the course of a few years, led to our unique service we had this past Sunday.  I am preaching through 2 Samuel and arrived at chapter 22, which is a Psalm of David and the same as Psalm 18.  One of our pastor with tremendous music gifts, took it upon himself to put Psalm 18 to familiar tunes (Hymns) for us to sing before hearing 2 Samuel 22 preached
    • It’s not that it’s unbiblical (See Col 3.23, for example). But it’s not derived from the text and so it’s you making a point, rather than God making a point, if you preach it that way. 

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