What I Read Online – 05/11/2013 (a.m.)

11 May
    • Hosted by St Johns Park Baptist Church & Southern Districts Reformed Baptist Church




    • For devotional reading, most of my younger Protestant friends love Thomas à Kempis’s The Imitation of Christ but wouldn’t be caught dead with a John Eldredge book. Hymn writing is on the rise, and many evangelicals are suddenly interested in the liturgical calendar.
    • But all too often we give the impression that our real tradition is roughly 500 years old—with a few scattered precursors, perhaps—rather than one solid, 2,000-year-old tradition. And there are huge stretches of time to which we have no conscious connection
    • Here the reader sees the situation as it is. The dispute is not an exegetical one. It is barely a hermeneutical one. Rather, the current debate is a metaphysical one. The answers will be dependent upon prolegomena. Must the Biblical story be grounded in real history, or will it suffice if only “the Christ event” is so? What is never openly discussed, however, is the way in which separating “the Christ event” from its backstory changes the story itself. In fact, the story can no longer enjoy a definite article in the world-scope. Apart from its foundation in creation, it must rather becomestory.
    • In the end, this whole issue raises an important lesson for evangelicals. We have an unfortunate tendency to chase what is cool in our culture and make it the centerpiece of our ministry (often denigrating other ministries that don’t share our vision).   Meanwhile, we don’t realize that we are really about 10 years behind the cultural trends anyway.  We are perennial late-comers to what our world thinks is hip
    • It is time to abandon the evangelical quest to be “relevant”.  We need to be more cautious about letting cultural trends determine and dictate our ministry choices (and attitudes).  God’s word is sufficient to fill that role
    • For the Apostle, mothering implies gentleness, affection, and sacrifice. Fathering, on the other hand, implies exhortation, encouragement, and a spiritual charge. This is not to suggest that one set of virtues are exclusively feminine and the other exclusively masculine. After all, Paul says he was gentle among the Thessalonians like a nursing mother. Men can be tender and women can exhort. But still, there is a method behind the metaphors. For Paul, the picture of divinely aided gentleness is a mother and the picture of divinely guided exhortation is a father. A mom is a mom and not a dad, and a dad is a dad and not a mom

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