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What I Read Online – 07/19/2013 (a.m.)

19 Jul
    • Todd and Carl interview Steve Nichols, author and professor of Christianity and Culture at Lancaster Bible College, and they respectfully dub their guest the “Peter Pan of reformed theology.” While Steve may look young, he is certainly insightful when it comes to this episode’s topics of discussion: the doctrine of Scripture and the current relevancy of church history. If you can put up with the hosts’ frequent wise cracks, listen in to hear Steve raise what he calls the compelling question of the modern age.
    • Engaging with Keller: Thinking Through the Theology of an Influential Evangelical
    • To exercise unshaken confidence in the doctrine of gratuitous pardon is one of the most difficult things in the world; and to preach this doctrine fully without verging towards antinomianism is no easy task, and is therefore seldom done. But Christians cannot but be lean and feeble when deprived of the proper nutriment. It is by faith, that the spiritual life is made to grow; and the doctrine of free grace, without any mixture of human merit, is the only true object of faith.
    • God’s word offers a multiplicity of reasons for our obedience that touch different aspects of our life and that motivate us from a variety of angles.  In this way, God creates an argument for our obedience that is broader and wider and more difficult for us to escape or ignore.
    • This full subjection and obedience [to God] is difficult, but we should not hesitate to use every effort to attain it.  How? (1.) Consider God’s government. Should he not rule the creatures he has created?…(2) God is perfectly fit to govern you.  His interest is for your good…(3) Consider how unable and unfit you are to govern yourself. We are blind, ignorant, and biased by a corrupt will and turbulent passions…(4) Consider the rewards prepared for obedience and the punishment for disobedience…(5) Consider the joys of full obedience.  All is at ease within us…(6) Consider our endless rewards: ‘Well done, good and faithful servant!’ (A Christian Directory, 1:75-77).
    • None of the three men I’m speaking to claim to have the influence of Chalke or Bell, but they are hoping to redress the perceived liberalisation within the Church on this issue by speaking from their own countercultural experience. For two of them, same-sex attraction has been met with a commitment to remain celibate, while one of them experienced a change in his feelings that led to marriage with a woman. All three see the Bible’s prohibitions on same-sex relationships as nonnegotiable.
    • From my own experience, I want to say that God is good and his word is good. It’s not always easy, but it’s a good word.’
    • Evangelical Seminaries represent a special class of higher education, one whose aim is almost always explicitly stated, and whose very existence is predicated on a commitment to doctrinal orthodoxy in a pluralistic world.  The most notable exception has proved to be Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, CA.  Last fall the multidenominational seminary sanctioned the creation of its first ever student group for LGBT students.  The group, OneTable, is the first of its kind at Fuller, and for that matter the first of its kind at any major evangelical seminary.  The group’s creation and reception at the seminary was recently profiled in an article in Phoenix’s East Valley Tribune, and was distributed by NBC News.
    • While Fuller may not be endorsing the homosexual lifestyle in its written statements per se, it is definitely admonishing it with silence, which is no admonishment at all. 

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

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