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What I Read Online – 09/12/2013 (a.m.)

12 Sep
    • Are you the type of person who marvels at God’s generosity or gets jealous over it? Are you prone to unhappiness when you see the undeserved happiness of others? Do you begrudge God’s kindness if giving to others the blessing of children, of marriage, of beauty, of wealth, of opportunities?
    • So as for men not learning from women, this has to do with the authority of the position of an elder. Outside of this, we are foolish to think that men do not learn from women. How can we be helpers if we are not all teachers of some sort? And with all the influence that women do have in the church, the home, and the world, we should want them to be very good theologians.
    • Now all we need to do is connect the dots. God desires to meet with his people, and the blood of the spotless lamb is the only means by which that meeting is made possible. The mercy seat of the Old Testament, and the blood sprinkled upon it by the high priest, prefigured Christ to come. Christ did come, and Christ did make the sacrifice, and Christ was raised from the dead. Make no mistake about it, these are historical realities. The tabernacle was real. The ark of the covenant was real. The mercy seat was real. The cross was real. The empty tomb was real. And a real woman stooped to look at real angels.
    • This is a stunning statement for many reasons, but most of all because it doesn’t even seem to be aware of the philosophical problems it creates.  Harvey has the hubris to lay out the credentials for why humans might be willing to allow the Bible to have authority without feeling any need to justify the criteria themselves.
    • It never seems to dawn on him (and probably doesn’t dawn on most readers) that setting up manmade criteria about what we will accept as God’s authoritative word simply gives you a book that is manmade.  Thus, regardless of what divine revelation Harvey ends up with, it will not be divine.  It will simply be a human creation. 
    • The ancient man approached God (or even the gods) as the accused person approaches his judge. For the modern man, the roles are quite reversed. He is the judge: God is in the dock. He is quite a kindly judge; if God should have a reasonable defense for being the god who permits war, poverty, and disease, he is ready to listen to it. The trial may even end in God’s acquittal. But the important thing is that man is on the bench and God is in the dock.
    • In the name of God, we shall show them the difference yet, and by his Spirit He will din their ears with the gospel ram’s horn till they and their Jericho come down in a common ruin. The evangelical doctrine which shook Europe will shake it yet again, and England shall yet know that the self-same truth, for which her martyrs died and for which her Puritans fought on many a wellcontested field, shall break the rationalism and ritualism of this land in pieces yet, and all else that standeth in the way of the true gospel of the living God.
    • Relationships in general are not so black-and-white, and they are far less so in the context of attraction and romance. Yet he says that if you don’t act black and white, you’re falling short of your responsibilities as a man. This contrast misses altogether the intentional guy who’s uncertain about his feelings for a girl he’s getting to know. Guys need to understand they should not necessarily feel guilty for uncertainty.
    • Self-consciously bringing my own plans, purposes, and preferences, within the boundaries of reasonable foresight, before Scripture.
    • Scripture doesn’t demand relational clarity from day one. Eventually, a clarifying conversation should come, and the girl rightly expects it, but maintaining crisp romantic articulateness at all times will most likely weird her out (and if it doesn’t, it probably should).
    • Uncertainty is not a loss of masculinity but an ownership of humanity. Relationships are organic, and the heart is not so easily classified in terms of three simple questions. Of course, the questions should be answered at some point, but not necessarily at every point.
    • With the Christian view that the temple had been fulfilled in the work of Christ and the life of the Church, many of earlier practices were discontinued or understood as having been transformed and therefore most appropriately manifested through the human voice. Mr. Smith states that there are no positive concrete references to musical instruments in the first four centuries of Christian literature, while there are criticisms of them as being polluted by pagan or sinful uses (172-173), as well as allegorical interpretations arguing that the Old Testament passages referring to instruments now refer to the human voice (173-174).
    • However, he does not argue, as is rather popular at present, that the early Christian churches were therefore a continuation of the synagogue service. While having many obvious parallels with the synagogue, Smith points out that the origins and makeup of the synagogue is itself a contested matter and that much of what we now know of it was constructed in reaction to Christianity (223-225). Essentially, the Christian service was something new, though it had many clear points of continuity with earlier traditions.
    • Mr. Smith lists four kinds of “religious poetry” that appeared in early song: direct quotations from the Jewish Scripture, altered quotations from Jewish scripture (sometimes providing a Christian slant to the texts), material dependent on Jewish models, and Christian material without any obvious Jewish dependence (183). This amounted to Psalms, Scriptural canticles, and new material such as the Oxyrhynchus Hymn.

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