What I Read Online – 06/15/2013 (a.m.)

15 Jun
    • On the eve of his departure after 12 long and sometimes controversial years in the job, Anglican Archbishop of Sydney Dr Peter Jensen still has the capacity to surprise
    • Progressives deplore Jensen’s unbending stances against gay marriage, homosexuality, euthanasia and women priests. But then he’ll come out with the kind of pro-union and vaguely anti-capitalist sentiment that sends shivers up the collective spine of the establishment
    • ”Because he is not one of the usual suspects – not a typical Liberal-leaning cleric – he has firewalled himself against a lot of attacks that might otherwise have come his way. And because he is so biblically orthodox, I think it frees him to be much more radical on other issues.”
    • He will continue to prosecute the cause of the churches and their independence, saying ”if you strip the churches out of Australia you would soon see a very different country”. If he’s achieved anything, he says, it has been to ”keep the talk about God alive and well in the public space … so that people are reminded that Jesus Christ is the king of the universe.”
    • Refusing to participate in Sunday sports is not easy. It’s not easy for parents, and it’s certainly not easy for children whose friends celebrate victories without them. But the truth is that Christianity is not an easy life
    • Our culture’s pursuit of happiness does not prepare us well for pain, grief, or mourning. We anaesthetize ourselves against all discomfort and disappointment
    • However, none of this really works. It just postpones the grieving for another day when there are no friends around with whom to cry
    • Grieving does not finish with the funeral or the celebration; it goes on for weeks and months and even years. Death is awful and our loss of relationship, love, intimacy and friendship should never be minimized. We mustn’t be made to feel guilty because we have difficulty putting our life back together again when one of the most important parts has been removed, never to be returned, never to be spoken to or heard from again.
    • I’ve spent a lifetime struggling to forgive and keep forgiving my dad. I don’t think I felt the weight of it until I spent a week at home as an adult with my son, then 3 years old. As I heard him speak to my son the way he had always talked to me growing up, the weight of a lifetime of harsh words and hurtful disapproval came down on me.
    • I’m taking a step in my dad’s direction because I want to walk in the way Christ walked. And I’m trusting that Christ will be there with me, empowering me for every costly, stumbling step. 
    • First, an evangelical understanding of inspiration does not allow us to prize instructions in the gospel more than instructions elsewhere in Scripture
    • Second, it’s hopelessly anachronistic to expect Jesus to directly address all our contemporary concerns. Jesus never said anything explicitly about child abuse, domestic abuse, bestiality, abortion or dozens of other sins
    • Third, the fact is Jesus spoke about sexual sin often
    • Furthermore, many evangelical churches are just as staunch in their opposition to unbiblical divorce. I know we take it very seriously at our church. The reason we are not fired up on the blogs about it is because there are no denominational groups I’m aware of rallied around the central tenet that divorce is a blessing from God.
    • The point is that we should be more concerned about our views of other than how others view us.
    • The Use of Imprecise Language
    • Perhaps the first thing you would notice as you entered one of the small towns that structured Edwards’ world is the quietness of the daily lives of its residents
    • Walking into a meeting house in Puritan New England, by comparison, was like walking into a barn. In Edwards’ day, many churches sought to improve their meeting houses, adding pew cushions, arched windows, bell towers and spires. But the whitewashed, neoclassical, picture-perfect churches featured in regional tourist guides are the  results of nineteenth-century nostalgia
    • I think the Church will embrace the truth claims of the culture at an ever increasing rate because we’ve failed to make young Christians our priority. Let me explain.
    • See the problem here? Most people leave Christianity because they no longer believe it is true; most come back because something about church “works” for them. It doesn’t have to be true, but it’s a great place to get married, find community, and raise your family. Like my dad (a lifelong atheist) has always believed: The Church is a useful delusion
    • Of course, the most fascinating thing the authors discuss is the timeframe associated with forming theses interesting rock structures. Most people are conditioned to think that such erosion takes millions of years. However, in this case, there is strong evidence that the timeframe is much shorter. The authors discuss another reference2 that contains some pictures from 1983. Even though those pictures were only 15 years old at the time of the study, they show significant changes. There is one formation that is prominent in the 1983 pictures but was only a low stump in 1998. Another formation in the 1983 pictures was completely gone by 1998. Based on those pictures, they conclude:
    • While our poor education system has conditioned us to think that geological processes are very slow, taking millions of years to produce recognizable changes, that simply isn’t the case here. Now, of course, this doesn’t mean that all geological formations are produced in hundreds (or thousands) of years. Nevertheless, I do think we have been conditioned wrongly when it comes to how we view geological processes that occur on earth.
    • Similarly, parenting is often merely repetition of simple, basic actions—reading the Bible together, going to church together—not only going to church, but getting there on time together—eating meals together and so on (any stay-at-home mom can testify to the repetition of parenting).  Often, parenting is also simply vocal-repetition of simple, basic truths.  Truths that communicate clearly while sitting on the floor and playing dolls with your daughter as you look over to say, “Daddy loves you, he always will.”  Truths that are communicated in less-than-grandiose songs like “Jesus Loves Me.”  We often repeat our love for our family and Jesus’ love for us simply because it is true.  Its basic and its foundational.
    • I disagree with him on this because whether you’re the sole drummer in a band or the 30th choir member, by being up in front of the church body in a leading role you’ve communicated that you’re leading them in worship. And there’s a danger of giving false assurance to a musician that they’re fit to do so if they don’t even understand true worship (through the perfect worshipper, Jesus Christ

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