What I Read Online – 09/05/2013 (a.m.)

05 Sep
      • An excellent & helpful site…
    • if you are a follower of Jesus, you should know the central message of Christianity, and be able to articulate it faithfully and clearly. Two Ways to Live by Matthias Media is an excellent resource to help you do just that.
    • Interview the speaker briefly sometime in the meeting before they speak. Discuss with them in advance what questions will help the hearers to feel they have begun to get to know them. Keep the interview crisp and light, but try to include something to identify them as a human being (rather than just the doer of a job!) and something about the work in which they are involved
    • Send them enough to cover their expenses. They won’t expect anything more than this (and if they do, then you probably don’t want to invite them!) But if you want to give them some kind of thank you gift, think about what will be most appropriate. Book Tokens are less welcome than they once used to be, because it forces people to buy expensive books in bookshops when they can usually get them a fair bit more cheaply on the Internet.
    • Write to thank them for their teaching or preaching. Even if you can’t think of much good to say about it, try to say something. And if you say it in writing they can share the thanks to encourage those who have been left behind, perhaps coping with children.
    • ‘To make the simple complex is commonplace; to make the complex simple, awesomely simple, is creativity’. 
    • At this point, I have to say, “Shame on you Martin Luther; you were just like John.” Luther insisted that those who don’t agree with us at every point are really not of Christ. We should learn, not only from that tragedy at Marburg, but also from this encounter in the Scriptures.
    • Limit media consumption
    • “TV watching and preaching are diametrically opposed to one another-one is visual, the other is rational; one involves the eyes, the other involves the ears; one creates passive watchers, the other requires active hearers.”
    • After watching TV and going to the movies and surfing the Internet all week long, you come to church and have to sit and listen to a lengthy sermon that requires a great deal of concentration and exertion you aren’t used to. You’re expected to go from being a passive viewer to an aggressive listener literally overnight. Listening demands a great deal of concentration and self-discipline. (Expository Listening, 42)
    • Use Saturday evening well
    • One of the great privileges and responsibilities of pastoral ministry is mentoring godly young men for their future in ministry.
    • This word implies that the Lord desires no doctrinal innovation from the next generation of disciples, but rather conformity to the apostolic standard of teaching.
    • First, it is essential for the pastor to teach the concepts I have already mentioned in this brief article. There is a perfect doctrinal standard that demands our conformity.
    • Second, both most embrace the standard for all doctrine: the perfect and unchanging Word of God, the Bible.
    • Third, both should approach the issues with humility.
    • God wills the growth of both the pastor and also the disciple through the process. A humble teacher continues to learn for his whole lifetime and churns out a generation of humble teachers in the same pattern. But a prideful mentor will churn out arrogant disciples.
    • Fourth, the disciple should respect the greater experience of the pastor in life and in the Word. I have been careful to say that the errors may be on both sides and have encouraged the pastor to look humbly to see if he may be wrong. But a disciple who is not teachable is a contradiction in terms. Essential to the role of a disciple is humility before his teacher.
    • Fifth, the mentor should understand that not all Scriptural issues are equally clear or weighty, and it is wrong to divert a great deal of time to arguing over minutiae.
    • Sixth, the pastor should demonstrate the maturity Paul commanded
    • One evidence of “youthful passion” is the desire to win in “foolish, ignorant controversies.” The tendency to quarrel is immature, and the pastor should rise above that temptation. Inherent in this passage is fervent prayer
    • Put differently, Harvey’s argument against inspiration only works if God was not involved! But, that misses the whole point.  Inspiration is, at its core, is really a miraculous act.  It is an instance of God intervening in the world in a special way to communicate and preserve his word.
    • If Harvey rejects the complete sovereignty of God over human actions, as he appears to do, then this may explain why he rejects the doctrine of inspiration.  God is not able (or at least not willing) to control people’s actions.  Thus, on these terms, an error-free Bible is an impossibility.
    • This is a great reminder that topics like inspiration are not ones that can be addressed on merely historical terms.
    • While Harvey’s argument against inspiration appears to be a historical one on the surface, when the layers are pealed back it proves to be nothing of the sort.  Is a theological argument based on a particular view of God.  Of course, there is nothing wrong with theological arguments. But, they should not be presented as something they are not.
    • A cult is a group that claims to be Christian—often claiming that they alone are the true Christian Church—but denies the core teachings that define the Christian faith. (32).
    • A great benefit for teens using this book is that not only do they learn about some of the well-known cults and what they believe, but they will learn how to articulate answers to these three important questions above.
    • So, here’s the bit that I think is important for you to realize.  If you are friends with a Hall boy on Facebook or Instagram or Twitter, then you are friends with the whole Hall family.
    • We will be broadcasting weekly from now on, with every other week being a shorter podcast, Mortification of Spin: Bully Pulpit.   Same middle aged bald grumpy and testily querulous perspectives on life, just briefer.  So if you self-identify as part of the oppressed MBGTQ minority, your time has truly come.
    • If you want to see what intolerance means, look no further than the current campaign against faith schools. Spearheaded by the British Humanist Association (BHA), and cheered on by liberal broadsheet newspapers and people who fancy themselves as right-on, the campaign depicts itself as a socially enlightened effort to prevent children from being split into religious camps. But in truth it is a deeply illiberal assault on the fundamental right of parents to socialise their children into the values and beliefs that they consider to be true and profound. The rights of parents over their children, and of religious communities more broadly, are being severely undermined by those who, with an Orwellian glint in their eye, would love nothing more than to rid Britain of the alleged blight of faith schools.
    • by Vern S. Poythress


      [Copyright Westminster Theological Seminary. Posted with permission of the copyright holder and the publisher, Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing Company.]


      Christian Interpretations of Genesis 1 (pdf)

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