What I Read Online – 11/07/2012 (a.m.)

07 Nov
    • Does the Bible teach that Israel is the same as the church?
    • To access the online bibliography, click here. The first screen lists only recent edits. To see a full listing of materials in the bibliography, click here and then click on the word “List.” You can also do this from the bibliography page by going to “Resources,” then “List,” then “List” again (leaving the other items unchanged).

      For detailed instructions on using and/or editing the bibliography, click here. Information about how to perform searches can be found in the file entitled “Sorting and selecting resources.” You can also access this information from the bibliography page by clicking on “Resources” and then “News.”

      To bypass this welcome screen, bookmark this link.

      The default style sheet for the online bibliography is The SBL Handbook of Style, edited by Patrick H. Alexander et al. (Peabody, MA: Hendrickson, 1999). An electronic version of the handbook can be downloaded at

    • So why am I writing about this? First, I think it was a clever experiment, and I think the results are very interesting, since they go against what I would expect. Second, I just think it’s really cool that the experiment used an iPod touch. This is the first scientific paper I have read that refers to the iPod and various programs related to it
    • Repentance is the other side of faith. When we come to Christ, we are repenting of many things, including our pride, which has kept us from God from the beginning. We are repenting of our antagonism toward him. Our repentance is illustrated in our bowed knee. In turn, we trust God to forgive us
    • The word “it” is a feminine pronoun, which means that the noun it modifies will be feminine too
    • Esau did indeed weep and repent. But what did he weep over? It was the loss of his blessing. The context in Genesis is clear. I think we must see the passage in Hebrews through the context of the original storyline. The author of Hebrews is saying that Esau sought his blessing, not repentance, with tears.


    • My own father has worked hard at this. He had his blind spots and weaknesses, and they have been a source of tension between him and me. But to this day, in his 33rd and last year of pastoral ministry, he has never stopped trying to be a better father
    • Yes, you are called to pastor your family, but PKs want a dad—someone who plays with them, protects them, makes them laugh, loves their mom, gives hugs, pays attention, teaches them how to build a budget and change the oil and field a ground ball. We want committed love and warmth
    • If a mortgage broker or salesman works too much at 60 hours a week, so do you. Leave work and be present for your kids. Your children will spit on your pastoring if they miss out on your fathering.
    • Sermons are an effective way to communicate biblical truth to a congregation, but not to your kids (or wife). Preaching at your children will stunt their view of Scripture, dull their interest, and squelch what passion you are trying to stir. Speak TO your children about the Bible in a way that’s interesting, applicable, and conversational
    • Your hobbies are yours alone, but engaging your children’s interests speaks love that matters deeply to them.
    • LEARN these things, even if it seems like there are no right answers. Teenagers are hard; they treat parents like idiots all the time. But these acts, when done consistently, add up. Make them a pattern so that when your kids are done thinking you are a moron they have a path to walk with you
    • If you act like the great shepherd in the pulpit but the hired hand who runs away at home, your children will see church and all it entails as phony because you are phony
    • Are we allowed the same grace to fail and to doubt (assuming you preach grace to your congregation)?
    • One of the graces PKs need is a single moral standard. Too many PKs feel the pressure of their fathers’ priestly profession in our moral lives. The pastor and elder qualifications in 1 Timothy and Titus feel like a threat: “If you screw up, your father not only looks bad, he will be out of a job.” But those standards are the same ones that every Christian should be held to (other than the ability to teach). Nobody else’s dad is at risk of being unemployed if his kid is rebellious, but mine is. The additional pressure to be morally upstanding does not help my heart. It creates a convoluted soul environment in which temptation to rebel and temptation to be a hypocrite battle the desire to honor Jesus and my dad.


      You have heard that it was said PKs should be holier than their peers, and their parents should raise them better, but Jesus says to us all, “Be holy for I am holy.” So it should be.

    • Third, I think that most consistent and Biblically-governed Baptists would wish to contend that they have derived their ecclesiology not by tenuous extrapolation from their view of the sacraments, but by searching the Scriptures for what the Lord teaches about the nature, organisation and government of his church. I would hope that my Paedobaptist brothers would affirm the same. We may and do disagree at significant points, but we agree on this: the Lord has spoken concerning it, and therefore it matters.

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