What I Read Online – 06/11/2013 (p.m.)

12 Jun
      • Thus we conclude: God’s glory is



        • the ever-increasing revelation of His essence and purposes,
        • displayed through His Word, His works and His felt-presence,
        • which calls for the receiver’s unity and reflection,
        • and tells of His incomparable goodness, beauty, and praise-worthiness
        • as perfect King, Savior, Judge and Creator,
        • and of the unequaled reputation attached to His name.
    • The Bible takes a completely different perspective. Personal rights do exist, but instead of standing up for our own rights, we should be ready to relinquish those rights for the sake of others. Our lives are not about achieving maximum happiness for ourselves. They are about serving others in love, particularly as it involves the sharing of the gospel – even (or especially) if that means giving up our rights to do it.
    • If it’s going to help someone else, give up your rights. Let them go, and do it willingly. Ask not what you can get away with or what you are entitled to; ask how you can serve. Ask how you can care. Ask how you can love. Ask how you can sacrifice for the sake of someone else.
    • The call for us to give up our rights for the sake of others is a call to reflect what our Saviour did for us in whatever (very) small ways we are able. Forget WWJD. The real question is: WDJD? What did Jesus do? He (literally) gave his life for the salvation of others, laying aside his rights and entitlements in the process. And he calls his people to do the same.
    • As Trevin Wax observes in this video discussion with Kevin DeYoung and Collin Hansen, legislation is always, inescapably moral. The real question, therefore, is not whether we should legislate morality but rather whose morality we should legislate. All laws are morally freighted and, in some manner, discriminatory. Moreover, the idea that traditional marriage is simply “a Christian morality being enforced ignores the fact this isn’t just a Christian point of view, but one held by the vast majority of people in the world.”


      Further, DeYoung points out, the purpose of the law is not only to protect rights, but to teach. And it takes some audacity, he adds, to dismiss the traditional view as “bigoted” considering the fact that “until 15 years ago no country we know of had this alternate form of marriage.” It’s imperative we rightly answer two questions: (1) What is marriage? and (2) What is the government’s role in marriage? To the latter, DeYoung observes that the state’s interest lies in incentivizing whatever type of family structure is best for “societal stability and human flourishing.”


      But what’s our standard for making such determinations? As Hansen notes, the question of final authority is a critical one. As Christians, how do we help people find an authority outside of themselves?

    • Bottom Line: Are you singing too many songs? Take a hard look this week at your song list, start pruning and don’t be afraid to repeat songs to aid learning.
    • Queen Elizabeth II of Britain has summoned her entire order of knights to Buckingham Palace in England this week, to assign them the task of going on a quest to find the ancient relic known as the Holy Grail.
    • The company was last seen traveling through western Canada, after Sir Peter Jackson insisted they take the unnecessarily long scenic route.

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

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