What I Read Online – 08/17/2013 (p.m.)

18 Aug
    • The earliest manuscripts of the works of first-century historians such as Josephus, Tacitus, and Suetonius are dated from the 9th to 11th centuries—more than 800 years after the originals were written. In terms of the number of surviving manuscripts, there are 200 for Suetonius, 133 for Josephus, and 75 for Herodotus.
    • The pressure to lead is lessened when others in the group join in on the spiritual journey.
    • Remember, the discipling relationship is not complete until the mentee becomes a mentor, the player becomes a coach
    • Group of Two Tends to Become a Counseling Session
    • Jesus Discipled in Groups
    • Built-in Accountability
    • If you’re a preacher, prepare to be liberated by this book to enjoy the Bible, enjoy preaching and enjoy feeding God’s people.
    • Think of it this way: Good hospital-ity is making your home a hospital. The idea is that friends and family and the wounded and weary people come to your home and leave helped and refreshed.
    • Opening our homes takes time, but it doesn’t have to take over our lives. Christian hospitality has much more to do with good relationships than with good food. There is a fine line between care and cumber. In many instances, less ado would serve better.
    •   John Calvin’s preaching was biblical in its substance
    • John Calvin’s preaching was sequential in its pattern
    • John Calvin’s preaching was direct in its message
    • John Calvin’s preaching was extemporaneous in its delivery
    • John Calvin’s preaching was exegetical in its approach
    • John Calvin’s preaching was accessible in its simplicity
    • John Calvin’s preaching was pastoral in its tone
    • John Calvin’s preaching was polemic in its defense of the truth
    •  John Calvin’s preaching was passionate in its outreach
    • John Calvin’s preaching was doxological in its conclusion
    • Put simply, we can ask the skeptic who doubts the divine command understanding of ethics: is something good because you (or your community) willed it, or did you (or your community) will it because it is good? If the former, then goodness is arbitrary; if the latter, then goodness is objective, independent, external, and something to which we must submit.
    • While high school teachers think they are providing good college preparation in the courses they are teaching, college instructors disagree. In the end, they find that very few of their students are actually prepared for the classes they are teaching.
    • When I saw the graph, however, I thought of something completely different. I spend very little time with school teachers, but I do spend a lot of time with homeschooling parents. When they start talking to me about their specific situation, they are usually their own worst critic. They tell me how poorly they think they are doing when it comes to giving their children a good high school education, and they ask me how they can improve. As I start probing them for specific information about what they are doing when it comes to science and math, I generally find that they are doing a great job! The statistics tend to support this, because homeschool graduates do very well in college compared to their peers (see here, here, here, and here, for example).
    • Now I haven’t done a scientific survey or anything like that, but it seems to me that homeschooling parents are significantly less likely to think they are doing a great job at college preparation, but the data indicate that they are. This, of course, is precisely opposite of the situation illustrated by the survey results shown in graph at the top of this post. Why is that? I think there are two main reasons.
    • First, we need to understand that warning people about false teaching is a necessary part of the pastoral and homiletic task.
    • Second, ministries built mainly on polemics build polemical congregations and attract only the angry and the disillusioned.
    • Third, before engaging in pulpit polemics, we need to ask: does a fair application of the text to the congregation at this point in time demand a polemic? 
    • Fourth, is the topic one which is actually disturbing some or all of the congregation, or likely to be coming their way soon?
    • Fifth, is the topic of relevance to your denomination?
    • Sixth, remember that the world of theology and theologians is different to the world of the congregation
    • Seventh, do you need to name a name or can you simply critique the problematic concept?
    • Eighth, when you name a name, remember the Ninth Commandment.  Even those with whom you disagree — indeed, even heretics — deserve to have their views accurately represented.
    • In keeping with this exhortation and example, Christward Collective will introduce the reader to theology, together with the experiential benefits that flows from it, being a place where “doctrine and life meet.” Whether systematic, biblical, exegetical, historical, or pastoral theology, this resource will equip believers for growth in their relationship with Christ and other believers. In short, it’s built to encourage all believers to care deeply about theology, to see the “cash value” of diligently pursuing such study.

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