What I Read Online – 03/16/2013 (a.m.)

16 Mar
    • There is a superstitious view of dreams that is totally unhealthy. If I am lusting after someone I am likely to dream romantically about him or her. If I am having problems to conceive, I am likely to dream that one day I am pregnant. If I am longing for a job, I am likely to dream that one day I land myself the job of my dreams. If I have longed to meet President Obama, I am likely to dream that I am having a meal with him and his wife, Michelle, at the White House. It is sheer common sense. Dreams simply live out the wishes and fears of our lives.
    • Let me say it again, this teaching about spiritual husbands and wives is sheer nonsense! It is yet another lie of the devil that is being peddled by deluded souls masquerading as spiritual teachers and preachers. They are blind and they are leading others who are blind into spiritual and moral ditches. Any teaching that is not based squarely on the Bible is not worth listening to. It is nonsense!
    • There’s more that needs to be said about the condition of slaves and their treatment, about the South as a Christian nation, and about State’s rights, and about Wilson’s post-mil views and how it affects the book’s argument. Perhaps a subsequent post will deal with some of those things. But the heart of the issue is whether we obey in practice all the texts of scripture. And that, I would argue, requires more than a simple application of the household codes. Without love we are clanging gongs. Without love we are nothing. We have to start with love and work it all the way down to the particulars.
    • Creation and new creation are vitally related in the biblical drama of revelation. Redemption by Christ is connected to creation in the space of six days.
    • 7. Be aware of your time and your attention.
    • This may be a matter that is primarily before God for some, but it will almost certainly have an effect on others, including family members and employers (both actual and potential, who are now almost certain, among other things, to be checking out your online profile).
    • 8. Beware of filth and frivolity.
    • Again, before anyone accuses me of po-faced pietism, let me make clear that we are free to engage in that healthy and legitimate cheerfulness which is good for the soul (though bear in mind that banal and inane is not the same as healthy and legitimate
    • I could gladly and profitably set myself down and spend all the rest of my life just with Calvin.
    • In other words, if you are to set out those things that differentiate Christianity from all other religions, including monotheistic ones (for example, Judaism and Islam), the Apostles’ Creed would provide an excellent summary of those doctrines unique to Christianity.
    • Because there is great need to summarize the teaching of Scripture and to identify with the faithful who have gone before, many Protestant churches still recite the Apostles’ Creed. This is why the Reformed churches consider the Apostles’ Creed to be the best summary of the basic doctrines of the Christian faith, and this is why an exposition of the creed lies at the heart of the Heidelberg Catechism.
    • First of all, be sure to get a copy of two new books by Kruger. The first is his Canon Revisited: Establishing the Origins and Authority of the New Testament Books (Crossway). In this book Kruger challenges some of the ways Christians and skeptics alike have defined the canon. The second book is an edited volume, co-edited with Charles E. Hill (also at RTS), called, The Early Text of the New Testament (Oxford University Press). (More on this book later in my “Book Notes.”)


      Also, you can find a host of resources by Kruger on the Canon of Scripture on his website, Canon Fodder, including this series titled, “10 Misconceptions About the New Testament Canon.”  As he says, “This series exams some common beliefs out there in the academic (and lay-level) communities that prove to be problematic upon closer examination.” Keep in mind that the series is still ongoing and you will need to check back in for further posts in the series.

    • I then had a conversation with two good friends who pointed out all the ways in which the Bible connects the idea with the person who carries the idea, and does not try to separate them. This why leaders and teachers must be godly—that is, teachers must embody and live out what they are teaching, because they are not impersonal information conveyers, but people who have personally grasped this message, and demonstrate their understanding of it by their life (e.g. Tit 1:1f). It’s why we must obey not only their teaching, but imitate them and submit to them (Heb 13:7,17).
    • We can shift from being governed by Scripture in the contents and methods of ministry, to regarding the Bible as a possessions over which we have control, a source book that acts as a springboard for our more ‘relevant’ approach. In the end, what happens in the church is that we start to domesticate God’s word, we tame it to suit our pulpit purposes. Evangelicals often talk about having a Bible based ministry, but from that base they can safely travel over the hills and far away! What we should be concerned for is a thoroughly biblical ministry, seeking for ourselves and for our churches to have what was memorably said of John Bunyan: that he had bibline blood. In order to avoid this situation, preachers need to maintain confidence in the word of God that is preached and in the preaching of the word of God. We need to regain certain inescapable priorities, not just an intellectual position, but as a bloodstream of our ministry.

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