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What I Read Online – 03/27/2013 (p.m.)

28 Mar
    • When God makes man, He breaks the pattern that He has set by creating living things according to their kinds. The tenfold mention of this pattern causes us to expect it with each new living creature to appear, but something quite different happens when man is made; he is not made “according to [his] kind.” Neither is man created according to any other kind among the living creatures. Man does not, therefore, belong to their kinds, whatever similarities there may be between him and the other creatures. To put it in modern scientific language, he is not a particular species within a given genus of living creatures. Man is unlike any of the other living creatures (v. 26).
    • The wicked justification of violence may well be at its worst when it appeals to science.
    • In these three instances, we see bad science used by wicked men to make moral or religious judgments as if they were objective scientific conclusions. The real problem is not science, but the abuse of science. The horrendous effect of these pseudo-scientific justifications is dehumanizing violence born of selfishness.
    • The assumption in this interpretation of Genesis 6 is that “the sons of God” refers to angelic beings. Why do some biblical interpreters make this assumption? The simple answer is that the Scriptures sometimes refer to angels as sons of God, and it is assumed that the reference in Genesis 6 means the same. This is certainly a possible inference that could be drawn, but is it a necessary inference? I would answer no; I do not believe this text necessarily teaches the idea of sexual relations between angels and human beings.
    • Therefore, many Hebrew scholars believe that Genesis 6 is describing not the intermarriage of angels and human women but the intermarriage of the descendents of Cain and Seth.
    • As the image of God, humans are given special dignity and dominion, and are commissioned to care for God’s good creation (vv. 28–30).
    • At its best, the church has been known for love and sacrificial service to the poor, oppressed, and marginalized. Such service has been a powerful apologetic for the gospel. By upholding the dignity of all people as the image of God and tangibly expressing the biblical ethic of personhood flowing from it, the church can be a light to the nations and participate in God’s mission by welcoming the weak and powerless to find grace, mercy, and rest in Jesus Christ.
    • Every child in the womb is God’s handiwork and part of God’s plan. Christ loves that child and proved it by becoming like him—He spent nine months in His mother’s womb.
    • In their book, Victims and Victors, David Reardon and associates draw on the accounts of 192 women who experienced pregnancy as the result of rape or incest. It turns out that when victims of violence speak for themselves, their opinion of abortion is nearly unanimous and the exact opposite of what most would predict: nearly all the women interviewed said they regretted aborting their babies conceived via rape or incest. Of those giving an opinion, more than 90 percent said they would discourage other victims of sexual violence from having abortions. Not one who gave birth to a child expressed regret.
    • If the slaughter of millions of unborn babies is to stop, the church must once again become the church. Those who hide behind the idea that the church should never speak to political issues have missed the scriptural accounts of what we would call prophetic criticism.
    • The state is an instrument ordained by God. It is also governed by God. The church does not need to be the state, but it must remind the state of its God-given duty. The principal reason for the existence of any government is to maintain, sustain, and protect the sanctity of human life. When the state fails to do that, it has become demonized. And it is the sacred duty of the church and of every Christian to voice opposition to it.
    • God’s Lament: “These men have set up idols in their hearts.”
    • God’s Promise: “I the Lord will answer him myself in keeping with his great idolatry.”
    • God’s Hope: “I will do this to recapture the hearts of the people of Israel, who have all deserted me for their idols.”
    • TC: The church rightly has a love-hate relationship with blogs and the blogosphere. Unfortunately, though not surprisingly, blogs have been both a great benefit and a great liability to the church. When blogs are at their best, they are a source of biblical exposition, a means of spiritual encouragement, and a source of valuable news and information. On a personal level, bloggers are able to model Christian living and display thoughtful engagement with ideas and competing worldviews. The blogs I appreciate most are those that remain steady, focused, and biblical over the long run.

       

    • Christian leaders are finding that if they are to have a voice to the current generation, they need to have a voice that includes at least some forms of social media. As Albert Mohler states in his book The Conviction to Lead, a refusal to take advantage of at least some forms of social media is essentially a refusal to engage an entire generation.

       

    • First, we must understand that at its heart, popular culture is about worship
    • Second, we must understand that every piece of popular culture is a complicated mixture of good and bad, truth and lies, grace and idolatry
    • Third, we must understand how popular culture uses that grace to promote idols
    • Fourth, we must understand how the gospel delivers just where idols default on their promises
    • Fifth, we must understand that not every piece of popular culture is appropriate for every Christian.
    • Back in 1991, during his junior year of college, Ron Burns decided to choose a name to reflect his newfound Muslim faith. In the tradition of Islam, everyone must choose names that embody particular attributes of Allah that they would desire to attribute to themselves. In Swahili, the name Thabiti means “stern, upright;” in Arabic, Anyabwile means “God has set me free.”

       

      What great irony and a mighty display of God’s sovereignty that even while Thabiti was in the time of his firmest bondage to sin, the Lord allowed his name to indicate His future plans — essentially, what this brother can say unhesitatingly today: “God has set me free.”

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