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What I Read Online – 04/05/2013 (a.m.)

05 Apr
    •         This week’s Spectator carries an interview with the distinguished Reformation scholar, Diarmaid MacCulloch.   Professor MacCulloch is perhaps the greatest living historian of the English Reformation, if not Christianity as a whole (pace the article, he is head and shoulders above David Starkey) and someone with an impressive track record of encouraging younger Reformation academics.

    • Serving the church is not merely a job; it is an all-consuming responsibility that can threaten a family
    • Respect is best earned through relationships built on love, rather than rules that can only make demands.
    • First, you can’t please everyone
    • Second, remember that your family is part of your church—or by God’s grace will be.
    • Third, your church can get another pastor, but your kids can’t get another dad.
    • Fourth, little things really do matter. Every night when I would say goodnight to my children, I would usually pray with them and then my last words to them were, “I love you. I will always love you and there is nothing that you can do that will ever make me stop loving you.”
    • Don Whitney: How Can I Be Sure I’m a Christian?
    • We need some institution that is nationally recognized and has the means to enforce its own laws? Whether we like it or not, that institution in the modern world is the state.
    • Many Christians are about to find out there is nothing in the modern world quite so intolerant as tolerance.
    • The challenge before the church is to convince ourselves, as much as anyone, that believing the Bible does not make us bigots, just as reflecting the times does not make us relevant.
    • Do not criticize your pastor on the Lord’s Day. If he is a faithful man, he will be under relentless assault from Satan on that day. In fact, a good way to be a choice instrument for the evil one is to go ahead and say exactly what you think as soon as the man steps from the pulpit
    • Instead, come to your pastor privately and approach him in love
    • I have seen congregants criticize a minister in front of his wife and children. That’s a very effective way to end up with a bitter pastor’s wife and pastor’s children who make the prodigal son look like Ned Flanders. Avoid this at all costs.
    • Pray that you would seek to help your minister and not simply give your opinion
    • This sarcophagus, known as the Dogmatic Sarcophagus or Trinity Sarcophagus, is a visual representation of early Trinitarian theology. There is special historical significance in this portrayal of the three members of the Godhead involved in Creation and in the three being identical.
    • In the Dogmatic Sarcophagus we see a Nicene representation of the Trinity. The Father, Son and Holy Spirit are identical, indicating that they are “one substance” and that they are equal in divinity even as they are three distinct persons. Had Arianism triumphed at Nicea, this box would have been carved very differently and the history of the church would have proceeded along a very different path.
    • Maybe what we need is not to shed our mommy title, rather see the true significance of it.
    • God has called us, Moms, to train up our children in the way they should go (Proverbs 22:6). There really couldn’t be a more significant calling than to pass on the legacy of our faith.
    • Privatized spirituality is at the root of privatized sexuality
    • The more we believe that we have the freedom of choice sexually, it follows that our free choices are made without adequate consideration of others.
    • Sex was designed as a relational activity for the glory of God, not an individual private act, nor the act of two people using another’s body selfishly.
    • While sexual intimacy between a husband and a wife is private, sexual immorality and adultery, while done in secret, is a corporate affair
    • I think one reason for the fact that the cultural right has bracketed moral arguments in the marriage debate (even as they are bludgeoned by moral language from the left) stems from the dominant excesses of classical liberalism and distorted moral ideology such excesses cultivate
    • Keep a pilgrim’s perspective. Recognize that the public debate over marriage merely confirms the divinely constituted fact that Christians, even those who admirably promote what I believe to be healthy public policies, are pilgrims in a foreign land
    • Keep a historical perspective. We will all face the new tolerance buzz saw if we haven’t already, but saints of old (and saints around the world) faced the real deal (Heb 11:37).
    • Keep a global perspective. As a professor mentioned to me yesterday, even as the light of Christ may appear to grow dim in some regions of the world, it often begins to blaze in others
    • “It is not possible that the gospels can be either more or fewer than the number they are.  For, since there are four zones of the world in which we live and four principle winds… [and] the cherubim, too, were four-faced.”
    • Here Irenaeus not only affirms the canonicity the four gospels, but is keen to point out that only these four gospels are recognized by the church

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

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