What I Read Online – 03/12/2013 (a.m.)

12 Mar
    • In a surprising twist to the papal drama, the College of Cardinals today elected Siri to be the next pope.
    • Siri becomes the first arguably female pope, the first battery-powered pope and, most important, the first truly infallible pope.
    • Westminster Theological Seminary announced today that it has initiated litigation against several federal governmental agencies and their cabinet member secretaries regarding the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Affordable Care Act.
    • A pastor is a man who is given charge of souls. He is not merely a nice, pleasant man who visits people and has an afternoon cup of tea with them, or passes the time of day with them. He is the guardian, the custodian, the protector, the organizer, the director, the ruler of the flock.
    • If not stoked, passion will get lost in the mundane.
    • Compared to exotic dancers and erotic fiction, married romance may seem dull. But to a culture seeking to flee sexual boredom, God’s design actually provides the necessary spark for sustained passion.
    • When our marriage bed sinks low, barely visible under crumpled laundry and half-read books, the Evil One scores a victory. So we meet the challenge. We persist in writing tender notes, and giving gifts, and making love: strategic maneuvers against the Devil’s drift. We hold the marriage bed high, honoring our pleasurable commitments there, to buttress ourselves against marital malady and nothing less serious than its death.
    • For Christians, the symbols mean so much more. This mystery is profound.


        In the tenderness, the holy jealousy, the delight, we mean to show Christ and his church. In the oneness, the sacrifice, the nourishing and cherishing, our weak symbols become something greater.


        For this reason we have left, cleaved.

    • If not stoked, passion will get lost in the mundane.
    • Compared to exotic dancers and erotic fiction, married romance may seem dull. But to a culture seeking to flee sexual boredom, God’s design actually provides the necessary spark for sustained passion.
    • But, if we are professing followers of Jesus Christ, should we get involved, and – if so – how and to what ends? Can we use social media to the glory of God? That question drives the answers to the may and the must of social media engagement. I think that, were he available to offer an opinion, the apostle Paul would suggest, in essence, that we may use social media and that, if we do, we must do so to the glory of God.
    • For a long, long time, evolutionists have told us that the appendix is useless. It is a leftover vestige from when our ancestors depended heavily on vegetation for food. We have evolved out of such dietary needs, and as a result, we don’t need an appendix anymore. So the appendix we have today is just a shriveled remnant of what used to be a large, complex cecum in our ancestors
    • If you’re willing to believe that eyes evolved independently as many as 60 different times, I supposed believing that an organ like the appendix (which many still claim is vestigial) can evolve independently at least 32 times is no big deal! Of course, creationists have long maintained that the appendix is not vestigial in any way and serves an important function. In the creationist view, it is one of the many design “modules” that the Creator used to meet the needs of certain kinds of animals. In my view, that’s a much easier way to understand the results of this study.
    • Why not? Because whether Adam was a special creation from the dust of the ground is not confessionally uncertain. Following texts like Genesis 2:7, which unambiguously express Adam’s creation as a distinctive work of God, our Standards render Adam’s unique creation with potent perspicuity. Adam was not, and then God made him from the dust. 
    • Advocacy–not mere affirmation or acceptance–of this historic Adam is a confessional non-negotiable, because its truth strikes at the vitals of religion (cf. BCO 34-5). In the Westminster Standards, the divine creative act is neither historically nor theologically elastic. We find no wiggle room.
    • In my experience, seventh graders tend to be less academically gullible than college freshman. Young Christians in college tend to be overawed by their teachers (a trait not often shared by their siblings in junior high) and unaware that the criticisms made about the Bible by their professors have been effectively addressed or rebutted by prominent Christian scholars thousands of times before. If exposed to alternate views of the Bible at an early age—and their parents and church leaders intelligently address their questions and concerns—students are more likely to learn how to think for themselves and less less likely to fall for substandard secular perspectives of God’s Word.
    • It is sad how in recent years the words sacrifice, martyr, and submission have become less popular and considered more extreme in evangelical churches
    • Your Body Is Not Yours


    • To be clear, I’m not telling you to put yourself in harm’s way. Christians should not be foolish, dangerous, or cavalier. Missionaries are no exception; we should neither crave danger nor seek martyrdom. But never forget, this body we covet and try to protect was not intended for our use, but for God’s glory.


    • Missions Is Sacrifice
    • Christ Is Worth the Cost

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