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What I Read Online – 01/16/2013 (a.m.)

16 Jan
    • This article below (from Today’s Times) is sad, distressing, alarming (etc.) but not, to be honest, surprising. It makes the importance of the task that we do (and you do in your churches) – the task of proclaiming and handing on the “pattern of sound teaching” (2 Tim 1.13) absolutely critical. Increasingly, we are fighting against the prevailing world view but our fundamental position is not a particular one on sex or marriage or work or whatever, but a conviction that the Scriptures, rightly, faithfully and prayerfully interpreted, are the true word of the living God. If we are not training the next generation to carry on that mantle – indeed, if we are not training our current people to read the Scriptures that way, then we have already lost.  
    • British evangelical leader, Steve Chalke, has now come to accept the legitimacy of monogamous homosexual unions in a Christian context, or so reports the UK’s Independent

      This is of more than just passing interest because Chalke famously caused a furore about a decade ago when he repudiated penal substitution.

    • Slippery slope arguments are not always the soundest but it does seem that Christian orthodoxy, like a mousetrap (in terms of mechanics) or even an amoeba (in terms of genetic code), can only exist long-term in a stable form at a relatively high level of doctrinal complexity.  Yet this is generally not the chosen option of big tent evangelical parachurch groups; and the consequent doctrinal minimalism, however conservative on individual points, is inherently volatile.
    • [I]t should be clear that questioning or denying the descent of all humanity from Adam as the first human being has far-reaching implications for the Christian faith. It radically alters the understanding of sin, particularly concerning the origin and nature of human depravity, with the corresponding abandonment of any meaningful notion of the guilt of sin. It radically alters the understanding of salvation, especially in eclipsing or even denying Christ’s death as a substitutionary atonement that propitiates God’s just and holy wrath against sin. And it radically alters the understanding of the Savior, by stressing his humanity, especially the exemplary aspects of his person and work, to the extent of minimizing or even denying his deity.

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

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