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What I Read Online – 01/05/2013 (p.m.)

06 Jan
    • Kiwis are paying a premium for some consumer technology products and software, in some cases shelling out over 40 per cent more than shoppers in the United States. 

        

         The disparities in pricing are in spite of the sustained strength of the New Zealand dollar, and even extend to software distributed online such as music and games through Apple iTunes.

    • Furthermore, it is worth noting that outside the pastoral epistles, the word “teach” (didaskō) does not sit at all comfortably within the vocabulary of oral tradition. On the one hand, many of the key places in Paul’s letters which Dickson cites to support the concept of oral tradition (367, 378) do not in fact mention the term “teach” (e.g. 1 Cor 1:14-17, 2:2, 3:10, 6:9-11, 9:3-6, 11:2, 11:23-26, 15:1-11; Gal 1:6-9; 1 Thess 4:1-2). Rather, the more common technical terms for the passing on of oral tradition are words such as “deliver” (paradidōmi) and ”receive” (paralambanō) along with their cognates.
    • For Dickson, a sermon is essentially a verbal commentary on a Bible passage along with some application
    • Sermons at their best are, I propose, communicative acts in which a preacher, empowered by the Spirit of God, delivers God’s truth to his hearers in a way which transfixes and transforms their whole heart—mind, will, conscience, affections
    • The announcement, from the Church’s House of Bishops, would allow gay clergy to become bishops if they promise to be celibate
    • BBC religious affairs correspondent Robert Pigott said that, given the tension surrounding the issue of sexuality, the Church’s decision to allow men in civil partnerships to become bishops represented a major concession and one with considerable symbolic significance
    • Worldwide, anger over the appointment of actively gay men and women as bishops, especially in the US, has stimulated the Gafcon movement, through which conservative Anglican provinces in Africa and elsewhere have begun to function independently of the official Anglican Communion.

       

      Gafcon has condemned those who preach a “false gospel” which “claims God’s blessing for same-sex unions over against the biblical teaching on holy matrimony”.

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