What I Read Online – 04/27/2013 (p.m.)

28 Apr
    • Desiring God: An Interview with John Piper
    • First, it involves a recurring and increasingly compelling desire for the work, in spite of fears and doubts
    • It involves gifting from the Lord. An elder is to be “apt to teach” (1 Tim. 3:2). A perceived call without evidence of God’s equipping for the call needs more testing
    • God’s call is perceived and confirmed by others in the fruitfulness of a person’s ministry. If God is calling you, He will incline you to humbly do whatever you can in ministry. People will see this passion and the good that comes from it. That will lead to confirmation and encouragement to do more. If spiritual people do not perceive your ministry as bearing spiritual fruit in others (faith, hope, love), it is doubtful that God has prepared you at this time for ministry
    • the challenge is to see with stunning clarity, and savor with passion, what you have heard all your life
    • I would recommend that pastors develop the habit of slowing down in their reading when they are reading things that were written with craft and not just as information transmission.

    • Purity of heart is required for those who love God and wish to worship Him (Ps. 24:4).
    • To love God with our whole mind involves the seat of our intellectual life
    • our hope is in Jesus, who fulfilled this command perfectly in our place so that we do not have to stand before God with only an imperfect love as our hope for entering heaven. Second, because of our union with Jesus, what is true of Him becomes true of us. God enables us to obey this command and love Him, albeit imperfectly, with all that we are so that God is delighted in the love He receives from His people
    • Certainty—God clearly and truly reveals Himself, so we are not left to guess what He expects from us.
    • Courage—Western Christians are not yet being thrown to the lions. Yet if we ever face serious suffering, we will not persevere if we are unconvinced that the God of Scripture is the only God
    • Conviction—Conviction and courage are inseparable and mutually dependent. Courage enables us to persevere in love for the one true God. Conviction enables us to take a stand even before trouble comes our way
    • Clarity—Understanding biblical monotheism helps us to be clear about what we believe and are to teach. We do not believe in one God who is known by many names and who offers many paths of salvation
    • As for clarity, biblical monotheism is not unitarianism. The fullness of the Shema‘s testimony to God’s oneness is in the Bible’s teaching that His oneness is not undifferentiated unity. His oneness pertains to His divine essence, but this one divine essence is shared fully and equally by three distinct persons
    • But the Shema carries not merely demands but also affirmations about the character and faithfulness of God. Recently, scholars have sought to demonstrate that the last word of the Shema (ehiad, or “one”) is an affirmation of God’s loyalty and His own moral unity. This is justified by indirect appeal to the close connections with the Decalogue in Deuteronomy 5, mentioned above, and Jeremiah 32:38–41, among other texts. If this indirect claim is correct, then the historical prologue in Deuteronomy 5:6 (“who brought you out of the land of Egypt and out of the house of slavery”) is echoed tersely in the word one at the end of the Shema. Therefore, divine integrity assured the Hebrews at the threshold of their entrance into Canaan.
    • One aspect of the modern church that most saddens and concerns me is that believers are no longer encouraged to have a healthy fear of God. We seem to assume that the fear of the Lord is something that belonged to the Old Testament period and is not to be a part of the life of the Christian. But fear of God involves not simply a trembling before His wrath, but a sense of reverence and awe because of His glorious holiness.
    • I am not certain when it became common to speak of permitting rather than pursuing women to serve, but I admit that it grieves me. Yes, there is that well-worn verse in 1 Timothy, but it seems a shame to let one occurrence of a term dominate our language and practice. It may be that permission vocabulary persists because of the unfortunate woman-as-usurper stereotype that sometimes underlies complementarian thought.


    • Women who flourish in ministry can point to not just female leaders who affirmed them but also to male leaders who championed and cultivated them.
    • God has not saved us by the removal of justice, but by the satisfaction of it
    • Is a Christian necessarily a better bus drive than a non-Christian?


      No. Christians are justified (uncondemned because of being clothed in the righteousness of Christ) but indwelling, entangling sin still remains. That means that before glorification Christians will never have pure goals, motives, or standards. A non-Christian may achieve a higher degree of competency in his or her vocation than a Christian—though this should not be the case. Sometimes this is a result of the non-Christian’s idolatry (achieving skills and competency at the expense of God and family and friendship and service); at other times a non-Christian will simply have more natural gifting from God for a particular vocation (e.g., a bus driver with better eyesight, superior reflexes, driving skills, experience, etc.)

    • Those interested in exploring this further may want to check out Vern Poythress’s ongoing labors at reforming academic disciplines from a relentless pursuit of Trinitarian implications. Thus far he has worked through the subject matters of science, language, sociology, and logic (with works on philosophy, mathematics, chance and probability, and hermeneutics forthcoming).


    • William Mounce’s DVD set is out for students learning biblical Greek. If you are starting to learn Greek for the first time, this is a great resource to have. Not only can you learn Greek by working your way through Mounce’s textbooks, but now these videos give you a visual presentation as well
    • The Brazillian magazine Go Outside recently ran advertisements with brilliant, apocalyptic-looking images in which prisons are in the shape of various tech devices. The message ostensibly is that we use our tech devices too much and, per the name of the magazine, should go outside more often. Here’s the iPhone version:
    • Today, President Obama will give a speech at Planned Parenthood Federation of America’s 75th anniversary gala, making him the first sitting president to address the group. Here are nine things you should know about the nation’s largest abortion provider.

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

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