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What I Read Online – 04/09/2013 (a.m.)

09 Apr
    • Second Nature is an online journal for critical thinking about technology and new media in light of the Christian tradition.
    • Christians are rightly and necessary concerned about leadership, but many Christians seem to aim no higher than secular standards and visions of leadership
    • Christian leaders are called to convictional leadership, and that means leadership that is defined by beliefs that are transformed into corporate action.
    • This means that leadership is always a theological enterprise
    • But the most important reality that frames our understanding of leadership is nothing less than the sovereignty of God
    • Embrace the seriousness of this loss
    • Encourage both husband and wife to grieve
    • Instruct the husband how to care for his wife
    • Affirm the Sovereignty of God in this loss
    • Prepare them for future ministry opportunities
    • But the reason why there remain gaps in any response to objections is actually a very fruitful, and biblical, reason. It has to do with the way in which we think about apologetics — a way that has its focus, not so much in demonstrative proofs for God’s existence (though those can be used, if needed), but in persuasion.
    • there simply cannot be a series of sufficient evidential propositions ad infinitum. There has to be some “place” — some proposition, some concept, some idea, some foundation of authority — that is sufficient to carry the conceptual weight of what we claim to know, believe and hold.
    • For this reason (among others), during the time of the Reformation, there was a radical shift in emphasis, from the medieval focus on the power of reason as a foundation of knowledge, to a central and foundational focus on the power and necessity of Scripture. This focus was the result, in part, of the biblical teaching of sin’s power. Depravity was not simply a problem of the will, such that we did not want to choose properly (though that is true); it was a problem of the intellect as well, such that we sinfully reject that which we know. Because of sin’s effect on the mind, there was no way that reason could provide a needed epistemological foundation for knowing and believing
    • Scripture is the principle upon which everything else that we say, believe, think, argue, etc. must rest. And because it is the most basic and foundational principle, it is not possible to “go behind” that principle in order to demonstrate its status as foundational. Any “going behind” would necessarily show that there was something more foundational on which Scripture itself must rest
    • So the first theological foundation that informs the priority of persuasion is the principial status of Scripture

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

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