What I Read Online – 09/24/2013 (p.m.)

25 Sep
    • The administration and his classmates have embraced his transition so enthusiastically that they have assigned him this most feminine of honors. Even the reporter refers to him consistently as “she” and “her”—as if the matter were cut and dry, settled beyond any reasonable doubt. And that is what makes this story so remarkable—that so many want to make it unremarkable.
    • One of the great worldview clashes that we face as Christians is the notion gender is merely a social construct with no normative connection to biological sex.
    • So one of the great challenges that we must overcome is the notion that thinking makes it so. When it comes to who we are as male and female, the matter is determined entirely by God quite apart from how we feel. At the end of the day, it’s an issue of revelation and authority, and the spirit of the age is casting off both.
    • There can be no agreement as to what salvation is unless there is agreement as to that from which salvation rescues us. The problem and the solution hang together: the one explicates the other. It is impossible to gain a deep grasp of what the cross achieves without plunging into a deep grasp of what sin is; conversely, to augment one’s understanding of the cross is to augment one’s understanding of sin.
    • In the general sense, then, sin constitutes the problem that God resolves: the conflict carries us from the third chapter of Genesis to the closing chapter of Revelation
    • Sin is rebellion against God’s very being, against his explicit word, against his wise and ordered reign. It results in the disorder of the creation and in the spiritual and physical death of God’s image bearers.
    • In short, if we do not comprehend the massive role that sin plays in the Bible and therefore in biblically faithful Christianity, we shall misread the Bible. Positively, a sober and realistic grasp of sin is one of the things necessary to read the Bible in a percipient fashion; it is one of the required criteria for a responsible hermeneutic.
    • Here is penal substitution by Yahweh’s own design, taking our suffering, our transgressions, our iniquities, our punishment, and our sin.
    • In short, the first and most obvious contemporary significance to preaching a robust doctrine of sin is that it confronts the almost universal absence of such teaching. In other words, the first contemporary significance of biblical teaching on sin is not that it meshes nicely with contemporary worldviews and therefore provides a pleasant way into thoughtful interaction but precisely that it confronts the painfully perverse absence of awarenessof sin.
    • it is the need for it that makes biblical reflection on sin so desperately relevant.
    • To sum up: the contemporary significance of biblical teaching on sin is best grasped, first, when the place of sin within the Bible itself is understood, and, second, when we perceive how desperately our culture needs to be shaped again by what the Bible says about sin.

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