What I Read Online – 06/05/2013 (p.m.)

06 Jun
    • We have a crisis of manhood in our culture. We’re afraid to talk about what it means to be a man, so I wanted to talk about it and to show the lives of seven truly great men. But if this book does well I’d love to write a book titled Seven Women. But if men aren’t learning how to be real men, it’s women who suffer more than anyone. So I had to write this book first
    • Deep down, all men want to live heroic lives. And unless I missed something, playing video games isn’t all that heroic
    • Chivalry is whenever a man acts like a gentleman and treats others — but women especially — with grace and civility and selflessness
    • At WSC we are still old-fashioned enough to believe that a seminary education comes only one way: through hard work. Therefore, while many seminaries are now advertising (quite seductively it seems!) that one can earn a seminary degree without ever leaving home, at WSC we believe that self-sacrifice is a part of ministry.
    • raising up ministers who are not only scholars, and not only pastors, but both: scholar-pastors.
    • The Bible is not to be read in a vacuum. The Church has been thinking about and interpreting the Bible for a long time. So we need pastors who are not only trained to read God’s Word in its original languages, but who are trained in the Christian tradition. This is not something done quickly, easily, or cheaply. It is also not something which is done well virtually, by distant electronic education to large groups who have no access to a seminary library or faculty. Thus, such distance-education is not adequate, at least not presently, for servants of God and his Word.
    • Quite understandably, most pastors (like most physicians, lawyers, and accountants) are far too busy to be able to keep up with the latest literature in any one field (e.g., New Testament studies) let alone all the fields required for seminary preparation. Staying abreast of academic developments is a full-time calling.
    • No, it’s not a waste of time. The real question is whether the church has any use for serious scholarship. To use the medical analogy again, do you care if your physician reads the New England Journal of Medicine? Certainly there is much foolishness in modern scholarship. Yet it will make its way into the Church and our pastors and elders must be adequately prepared to address it
    • sending them to seminary shifts students temporarily from one local congregation to another during their education.
    • She can also provide an invaluable service to the student and to the church by teaching her children the catechism. Many of our students now come to seminary with virtually no knowledge of the Westminster Shorter Catechism or the Heidelberg Catechism. The education of seminary students would be enhanced greatly if students arrived on campus already having memorized the catechism.
    • the local congregation can also support students financially.
    • Seminary is a time to come away from the typical schedule of ministry demands to think, learn, reflect on the Scriptures, and pray.
    • This, like many of the more complex issues in our lives, is better thought about before it happens rather than waiting until we’re in the middle of it.
    • Britain’s House of Lords has voted by a majority to defeat a motion that blocks a same-sex marriage bill, moving the initiative a step closer to becoming law.


        The upper house of Parliament voted 390 to 148 to back the bill, which will enable gay couples to get married in both civil and religious ceremonies in England and Wales if approved.


        Religious organisations will be able to “opt in” if they consent to offering gay weddings.


        Such a law also would allow couples who had previously entered into a civil partnership to convert their relationship to a marriage.


        The bill will have to go through further readings in Parliament and be approved by Queen Elizabeth II.

    • Laidlaw College invites you to an evening of dialogue between Old Testament scholar Dr John Walton, of Wheaton College and Associate Pastor Joe Fleener, of Howick Baptist Church, on how to understand Genesis 1-3. Both speakers will have 60 minutes to present their reading of the creation accounts in Genesis 1-3 and will then take questions from the audience. A light supper will be served at the end of the evening.


      If you wish to better understand this foundational part of the Old Testament please join us as we tackle this challenging topic together.


      We look forward to seeing you!

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

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