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What I Read Online – 05/07/2013 (p.m.)

08 May
    • And as the arguments for euthanasia gather steam, and as today several more foetuses will be aborted in New Zealand without nearly the media attention that will be given to birdlife covered in oil – Peter Singer’s influence continues to be felt
    • While it may be difficult to get your head around at first, Singer’s argument is essentially winning the debate in terms of medical ethics. This explains why abortion is so commonly practiced and why the push for euthanasia will only increase. And when you consider how much airtime wounded animals get compared with aborted foetuses in our media – it is clear that there at least the battle has been won in favour of Singer’s views on those fronts
    • The reality is that Peter Singer cannot live with his own atheism – for once the existence of God has been denied, there can be no rational justification for any ethic. To Singer it is simply a given that it is not acceptable to kill any sensate creature who maintains the will to live. At this point Singer has simply imported the Christian principle of ‘Do unto others as you would have them do unto you’ only he has changed the ‘others’ to be ‘sensate animals with the will to live’ rather than being ‘humans’ (which is what Jesus meant)
    • Fuller found many guides along his path to evangelicalism. He learned that the seventeenth-century Puritans and their Particular Baptist cousins affirmed God’s sovereignty in salvation and were dedicated to intentional evangelism
    • Fuller argued, contra High Calvinism, for the free offer of the gospel to all people
    • Fuller reminds us to be diligent in guarding the gospel from unhelpful articulations of the saving work of Christ. Though no longer widespread, High Calvinism continues to eek out an existence, always leeching off of evangelical Calvinism wherever the latter is popular. Sandemanian-like views are embraced by the Campbellite traditions and are popular among many revivalistic evangelicals and in the so-called Free Grace movement among some Dispensationalists. As in the past, current versions of these heterodoxies often give rise to antinomianism, whether of the Calvinistic or revivalistic variety. Contemporary gospel-driven pastor-theologians can find a helpful role model in Andrew Fuller.
    • Convictionless churches are empty churches.
    • frankly, if you have little or  no definite convictions, then you are neither a preacher nor a pastor
      • Preaching is exhortation; teaching is education.
      • Preaching is the discharge of the gospel of hope; teaching is discipleship of the gospel of hope.
      • Preaching puts wind in the sails; teaching put an anchor in the ground.
      • Preaching raises our eyes to the things we know with great conviction; teaching helps us to understand what things we can have legitimate conviction about.
      • Preaching tells you which option is correct; teaching gives you all the options.
      • Briefly let people know there are multiple options, but don’t go through all the options in detail.
      • Briefly tell people which one you are most convinced about and why.
      • Preach with unashamed confidence the principles of the chosen option, giving them something to believe. So long as the principles are true, your integrity before the Lord will be covered.
    • Sometimes we need to settle for good sermons with wrong texts. Sometimes we are going to be unsure of the exact interpretation of a passage of Scripture, but we don’t have to sacrifice giving our congregations something to believe due to the obscurity of our text. We can still preach the Word with full integrity by focusing on the principles that are universally true even if we end up being wrong about our interpretation

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