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What I Read Online – 03/19/2013 (a.m.)

19 Mar
    • I’ve begun sketching out an article dealing with the impossibility of loving the Gospel without loving the church which the Gospel creates. It seems that Paul was intentional when in one place in Colossians he says he is a servant (diakonos) of the Gospel and then two verses later says he is a servant (diakonos) of the church. What an interesting world we live in — when men and women can claim to be preachers of the truth and pass out tracks and out-bumper-sticker their neighbor’s cars but then have nothing whatsoever to do with fellowshipping with other believers. I see this mentality all the time. But Paul was equally devoted to the word of the cross and to the people of the cross — even half-baked, jejune, and immature Christians. What I have tried to do with my evangelistic friends is to remind them that they mustn’t forget that Christ died for the church and that, like Noah’s ark, the stench may be intolerable on the inside but the horrors on the outside are far worse.
    • Beauty as a Divine Attribute: Sources and Issues (.pdf)
    • Is God good? A Study on the Person and Work of Yahweh in the Book of Job (.pdf)
    • But when we offer such excuses we forget that God has a habit of using the weak things of the world to shame the strong.  He enjoys using ordinary people—like tax collectors and fisherman—to change the world.   Why?  So, that he will get the glory.
    • Take, for example, the various denominations currently tearing apart over the issue of homosexuality and gay marriage.  Many, if not all, such denominations have routinely allowed men, and often women, who deny the resurrection, to occupy pulpits for many years with impunity.  Denial of the resurrection is, according to Paul, lethal to any kind of gospel witness and utterly destructive of Christian hope, to the point that it not only denies the saving action of God but actually makes Christians the most pitiable of all people.  
    • It started off with the myth that ancient people thought the earth was flat. There is simply no truth to such an absurd idea. As early as 200 BC, natural philosophers knew the circumference of the earth, and the earliest Christian writers who mention the shape of the earth (such as Basil of Caesarea – c. 330-379) mention the spherical shape of the earth as an accepted fact. No one thought that Columbus was going to sail off the edge of the earth. His problems getting funding involved people not thinking he could carry enough supplies to make a voyage all the way around the earth.
    • He asked me if any study had attempted to measure not the performance of homeschool graduates at the college level, but instead the preparation that homeschool graduates have when they arrive at college. After all, he said, a student can perform well at the college level even when he is unprepared, as long as he has the ability to learn on his own.
    • In the end, the study seems to indicate that homeschool graduates not only excel in terms of their performance at the college level (something that is already well known), but they are also more prepared than their peers when they arrive. This doesn’t surprise me at all, but I suspect it will surprise others.

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

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