What I Read Online – 08/01/2013 (a.m.)

01 Aug
    • At STAND 2013 we’ll also have the wonderful privilege of having Kristie Anyabwile teach a women’s seminar titled “God’s Good Design: Women’s Ministry in Complementarian Contexts”.
    • Aslan gained wide popularity for his introduction to Islam, No god but God. I very much enjoyed my copy and still consult it. Aslan holds a PhD in sociology, but his primary scholarly emphasis involves contemporary religion. Aslan has also worked in New Testament studies, and Zealot contains references to a vast amount of literature, yet the book also betrays that he is not immersed in the literature of that field. Aslan is a spectacular writer, and his portrait of Jesus is spiritually if not intellectually compelling.
    • Aslan claims that Jesus himself veiled his messianic identity in order to avoid detection by the authorities. He also claims that Jesus used coded language to promote his vision of the Kingdom of God for similar reasons. Most scholars will find these claims just silly.
    • In other words, Jesus need not have promoted violence for the Romans to see him as dangerous.
    • Yet it’s difficult to square one feature of Jesus’ ministry with the portrait of Jesus as a zealous revolutionary: the Gospels’ remarkable insistence that Jesus enjoyed the company of sinners.
    • Contemporary scholarship is undermining that familiar model. For one thing, Paul was not nearly so removed from the teachings of Jesus as Aslan assert. Paul’s connection to the Jesus movement goes back to within a couple of years of Jesus’ death, and Paul’s teachings resonate with some of Jesus’ most characteristic emphases. Moreover, we find “high christologies” — assertions of Jesus’ divinity — from the earliest stages and from beyond Paul. Daniel Boyarin, a leading Jewish biblical scholar no less, believes that Jesus saw himself as divine. (I mention Boyarin not because I agree with him but because he represents a non-Christian take on these developments.) Matthew’s Gospel, the most obviously Jewish of the four Gospels, emphasizes people worshiping Jesus. The old model that Paul “invented” devotion to Jesus the Christ, particularly devotion to a divine Jesus, simply does not hold.
    • Men may be really saved by that grace which doctrinally they do deny;


      and they may be justified by the imputation of that righteousness which in opinion they deny to be imputed.

    • “The clearer the knowledge of the truth and the more deep the denial, the less assurance one can have that the God of truth will save him. Owen’s words are not meant to make us cavalier about the content of the gospel, but to hold out hope that men’s hearts are often better than their heads” (The Future of Justification, p. 25 n. 30).
    • Martin Luther faced the same problem. He began his reforms by speaking against the grace-less error of the Roman Catholic Church, but before long, he was challenging the grace-loving errors of his lawless would-be followers. Could it be that in our righteous zeal for the gospel we have swung the pendulum too far in the opposite direction?
    • Perhaps a better way to look at our current state is not an error of considering the gospel too often, but considering it too narrowly
    • Is it even possible to raise your children in light of the gospel without a healthy dose of law? Yet you won’t find any books or seminars on law-centered parenting.
    • What we’re after, more than an idea of gospel-centered parenting, is biblical faithfulness. And that may not be gospel-centered parenting, but (law and) gospel-centered parenting
    • Teach your children the gospel.
    • There was a time many years ago when teaching children the law of God was central to Christian education
    • They must learn to love God’s law
    • The gospel-centered movement was meant to free us from the bonds of guilt-laden legalism, but sometimes it induces more guilt than it intended. How many well-meaning parents feel guilty if they don’t expound the gospel every time their child throws a temper tantrum or takes from his siblings? How many parents feel obligated to ground every command in the gospel, or feel guilty for all the times when they don’t? We may be able to suppress the guilt in the moment, but the next time we hear a sermon or read a devotional about parenting we crawl into a hole with our guilt and shame.
    • You have freedom to demand obedience from your children without waxing eloquently about how their obedience doesn’t merit grace.
    • I am not advocating grace-less parenting. I am simply reminding parents that without the law, grace doesn’t make sense
    • If we’re going to parent well, we must parent as God parents. And God speaks two languages in Scripture
    • Born Again: God’s Sovereign Grace in the Miracle of Regeneration

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

Leave a comment

Posted by on 01/08/2013 in Current Issues


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: