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What I Read Online – 11/06/2012 (a.m.)

06 Nov
    • Emergency responders and members of the public can now get a birds-eye view of some of the destruction caused by Hurricane Sandy.
    • Inerrancy and the Gospels: A God-Centered Approach to the Challenges of Harmonization, is now available for download on our ebooks page.
    • This is astounding not primarily because it militates against the higher standards of  Christian parenting but because it militates against the natural ordering of human parenting itself.

       

    • But the biggest danger we face when it comes to sola Scriptura is not just misunderstanding it.  The biggest danger is forgetting it.  We
    • Although it is no longer Rome to which the church turns, the alternatives are no better: pragmatism, existentialism, materialism, and more.
    • In order to lead the church back to sola Scriptura we must realize that this cannot be done only by teaching about the doctrine itself (although we should do this).  Instead, the primary way we lead the church back is by actually preaching the Scriptures. Only the Word of God has the power to transform and reform our churches
    • The curse which extends to the earth came about due to a violated covenant. Since the earth was cursed due to Adam’s sin as our representative, Adam broke covenant with God in the garden of Eden.
    • This book is meant to be biblically subversive. It’s designed to subvert our comfort with the present state of pastoral culture. It posits a gospel critique of the way we train, call, live with, and restore our pastors and ministry leaders. It’s also designed to subvert the subtle self-righteousness that so often attends and shapes ministry in the local church.
    • There’s no indication in the New Testament that a pastor doesn’t need the same sanctifying ministry of the body of Christ that every other believer needs
    • When we issue a “no” command and our child does not obey, she is asking us an important question: “Are you a person of your word?” How we respond to non-compliance will tell her the answer. If we repeat the command or allow the disobedience to go uncorrected, we tell her that our word is not our bond. If we follow through with correction, we tell her that our word can be trusted.
    • Consider: We should repeat ourselves as many times as we want our child to actively disobey. When we tell ourselves “Oh, he just didn’t hear me,” or “Oh, she’s too young to understand,” we disrespectfully imply that our children are either deaf or stupid. If they are old enough to hear and respond immediately to “Come get a cookie,” they are old enough to hear and respond immediately to “Pick up your toys.” The issue is not their hearing or intelligence but their will.
    • But what about grace? Don’t we model God when we give grace instead of a consequence? Yes, by giving it like he does: freely, to one who does not expect it at all. A child who ignores a command is telling you she expects to be given grace, and often what we call grace is conflict avoidance

Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here.

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