What I Read Online – 07/06/2013 (a.m.)

06 Jul
    • now that gender is, according to the courts, nothing more than an attitude of mind, could we dispense with all the talk of ‘women’s rights’?  Such terminology was minted in an era when the silly assumption was made that physiology and genetics had some determinate connection to gender
    • The whining about unequal pay and prestige for women athletes could now be nicely brought to an end: if gender is just an attitude of mind, then when it comes to athletics, let human beings compete on a level — nay, on the same — playing field.     Of course, it might just be that gender is actually a little more than an attitude of mind — but there I go again, committing a hate crime
    • Dr. Gaffin has produced what is, in my opinion, the best critique of Inspiration and Incarnation. Gaffin critiques Enns’ conclusions from a historic Covenant Theology perspective that places the canon within its covenantal framework. All of the reviews listed above are–in part–working from distinctive theological perspective. For instance, Carson treats it from an OT exegetical perspective, Helm from a philosophical perspective, Beale from a epistemological perspective, Lillback from a Systematic/Confessional perspective, Tipton and Oliphint from a presuppositional and Christological-apologetic perspective, and Frame from a systematic (i.e. doctrine of Scripture) perspective. The combination of these, sometimes overlapping, critiques makes for a fairly comprehensive blow at Enns’ denial of biblical inerrancy. Gaffin’s biblical-theological critique is, in my opinion, the greatest blow to the hermeneutical error of I & I.
    • Smart marketers make it seem like “everyone is doing it.”
    • Smart marketers pick values that are hard to argue with. Equality activists used quite traditional “American” tropes and messages such as family values, cherishing marriage, and individual liberty
    • Smart brands know what their customers value
    • But America is not, by definition, a Christian nation in any helpful sense. The secularists and enemies of the faith make this argument for any number of hostile and antagonistic reasons, and they offer many false arguments as well. But this should not prompt American Christians to make bad arguments of our own.
    • I criticize President Obama, not for stating that America is not at war with Islam, but for failing to be honest in clarifying that we do face a great civilizational challenge in Islam. Islam is, in effect, the single most vital competitor to Western ideals of civilization on the world scene. The logic of Islam is to bring every square inch of this planet under submission to the rule of the Qur’an. Classical Islam divides the world into the “World of Islam” and the “World of War
    • Islam and the West offer two very different and fundamentally irreconcilable visions of society
    • As a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ and a minister of the gospel, my primary concern about Islam is not civilizational or geopolitical, but theological
    • No more, please. No more essays about how “technology” or “the internet” is “changing everything.” They all say the same thing, which in the end amounts to: absolutely nothing. So let’s get down to cases. What technologies did you rely on today? What did they help you do? What did they allow you to avoid doing? What did they prevent you from doing that you wanted to do? Specify. As the proverbs tell us, both God and the Devil are in the details.
    • Why It Matters: The heretical gospel of “health and wealth” has been a staple of television for decades. But where it was once confined to the relative ghetto of TV ministry, this new reality series will bring the prosperity gospel to a whole new audience.


    • “In the end, the biggest problem with prosperity theology is not that it promises too much, but that it promises far too little
    • Lumpa Church (who follow the teachings of a woman called Alice Lenshina), Jehovah’s Witness (whose false teachings are familiar to us all), and the End-Time Message Church or Branhamites (who teach three phases of God instead of three persons of God). These encounters reminded me of the importance of sending out true preachers of the gospel and planting sound churches across our country

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

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