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What I Read Online – 03/13/2013 (a.m.)

13 Mar
    • For homeschooling parents who want to teach their children that the earth is only a few thousand years old, the theory of evolution is a lie, and dinosaurs coexisted with humans, there is no shortage of materials.
    • It’s no secret that the majority of homeschooled children in America belong to evangelical Christian families. What’s less known is that a growing number of their parents are dismayed by these textbooks.
    • For Seurkamp, the ability to reconcile science and faith is one of the biggest advantages of homeschooling. “God knew what his creatures would need to survive and thrive when he created them,” she says. “The ability to evolve and adapt is just one example of his creativity and infinite wisdom.”
    • Christians are called to be conformed to the image of the Son and this implies some very uncool ramifications which come in for consideration during this interesting conversation.
    • Christians are called to be conformed to the image of the Son and this implies some very uncool ramifications which come in for consideration during this interesting conversation.
    • I am especially excited about Sebastian Traeger’s two articles on how the pastor and the business person can better understand and serve one another. In fact it was his ideas that first kicked off the idea of this whole issue. Also, check out this link to Traeger’s “Gospel at Work” conference audio resources, especially Michael Lawrence’s talk. And don’t miss the full manuscripts for one church’s adult Sunday School classes on work and money.
    • The most frustrated preacher is the one who has a sense of duty but not a burning calling. Preaching is not just another helping profession, a Christian version of the politics or the Peace Corps. The call to preach is a definite demand issued by the Holy Spirit that ignites a fire in one’s bones that cannot be extinguished by the hard-hearted, stiff-necked, or dull of hearing
    • Tell me everything I’m doing wrong because I really want to do this well.” That guy is going to be fine because his spirit is teachable and he’s willing to pay the cost of personal discomfort in order to be effective
    • The problem is not that they don’t feel passionate but rather that they do not show passion
    • So to preach the Word, a young man has to be willing to get completely out of the comfortable cocoon he’s built in his personality and habits, and recklessly abandon himself to risk being a fool for Christ
    • Frankly, very few students I teach fail to get the meaning of the text. They often demonstrate an exegetical and hermeneutical sophistication that astounds me. They are serious about the Word. But they make the mistake of thinking that if they just feel that way, and if they just say the words, the preaching will take care of itself
    • But if someone has a burning calling, a teachable spirit, a passionate heart, and a reckless abandon to pay the price to preach well, then not even the limitation of their own background, personality, or natural talents will keep them from preaching the Word of God with power.

       

    • D. A. Carson, Basics for Believers: An Exposition of Philippians (Baker, 1996):

       

      I would like to buy about three dollars worth of gospel, please.

       

      Not too much—just enough to make me happy, but not so much that I get addicted.

       

      I don’t want so much gospel that I learn to really hate covetousness and lust.

       

      I certainly don’t want so much that I start to love my enemies, cherish self-denial, and contemplate missionary service in some alien culture.

       

      I want ecstasy, not repentance; I want transcendence, not transformation.

       

      I would like to be cherished by some nice, forgiving, broad-minded people, but I myself don’t want to love those from different races—especially if they smell.

       

      I would like enough gospel to make my family secure and my children well behaved, but not so much that I find my ambitions redirected or my giving too greatly enlarged.

       

      I would like about three dollars worth of the gospel, please. (pp. 12-13)

           

          

       

    • The Diocese of Christchurch is seeking

       

       a Dean of the ChristChurch Cathedral

       

       Expressions of interest are invited, and a Cathedral Profile

       

       will be available in mid April.

       

       

       

       REVISED Application Deadline: Tuesday, 4 June 2013

       

       

       

    • Peter Kreeft wrote of it: “James V. Schall has written a delightfully odd book about books, because he believes that (1) to be educated is to confront the great questions about what is; that (2) many modern students, in or out of school, never learn to raise, much less answer, the great questions, thus are uneducated in the deepest sense; and that (3) great books, past and present, which wrestle deeply yet non-technically with these questions rather than passively mirroring popular culture with its myopia and prejudices, can fill this vacuum for anyone, in or out of school. It contains unusually sane reflections on education, unusually reflective reviews of books, and unusually discriminating booklists. Just the book I have wanted to give my students for years.”
    • Elders are essential to the health of the church and so the training and strengthening of elders is fundamental. We cannot short-change biblical church government. We place our churches in danger by appointing elders who shouldn’t be elders and by not giving time to developing strong and mature men.
    • At the breakfast table the next day, the cereal and plastic spoons were a’ flying. Everyone was on the mend! We were reviewing catechism questions when the subject of the blood test came up at Question 13: “Can God do all things? Yes, God can do all his holy will.” In their kindergarten-ish way, my girls talked about how God is in charge of everything and that he can be with the kids who get needles at the doctor’s office and with those who don’t get needles.

       

      The impact of discussing theology day-in and day-out is anything but simplistic. Catechism questions and answers are succinct, but the way these truths work themselves out in our daily lives is prolific. This is true for our kids and for us big kids who need to cultivate a child-like faith.

    • 1. Know and watch and guard your heart, cultivating the fear of the Lord.
    • 2. Seek wisdom.

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

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