January 2011

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Jan

06

2011

A New Path to Theological Liberalism? Wayne Grudem on Evangelical Feminism

Al Mohler, "A New Path to Theological Liberalism? Wayne Grudem on Evangelical Feminism"

Mohler summarizes:

In Evangelical Feminism, published by Crossway Books, Grudem argues that evangelical feminism now represents one of the greatest dangers to the continued orthodoxy of the evangelical movement.

I saw this book awhile back on Amazon and browsed through it a bit there. The table of contents is quite complete and gives you a good overview of what the book is about and what arguments are made. 

I think Grudem is totally on target here. This is exactly why I am wary of any seminary that concedes on this issue to accept women M. Div students or women teachers. (This is not a matter of preference or discrimination, but a matter of roles ordained by God and the authority of his word.) This reveals something about seminary and their view of Scripture. If they are willing to concede here, it is only a matter of time before something else gives.

Jan

10

2011

High-Quality Classes at BiblicalTraining.org


In case you didn't know, there is a wonderful website called The Biblical Training Institute, headed up by everybody's favorite Greek instructor: William Mounce.

They have all sorts of online classes (video / audio) for new believers, lay leaders, and even seminary-level classes. Most of the classes are complete with a syllabus and reading list. I personally haven't had a chance to take any of the classes yet (just a few lectures thus far), but looking at the list of instructors, this is quite an impressive offering! 

Hope you find this site useful, or know somebody who will, and you will be moved to support this great work they're doing!

(PS. They also are planning to build orphanages in India, and could use some help.)

Jan

17

2011

Google Font API - Google Code

To give developers a choice of high-quality fonts when using the Font API, we have created the Google Font Directory. There you can browse our catalog of available fonts, learn about the font designers who created them, and copy the code required to use them on your web page.

The fonts in the directory are all released under open source licenses; you can use them on any non-commercial or commercial project.

Visit the Google Font Directory now

Wow, sweet! More fonts for the web, and all free!

Did I say that I love Google yet?

Jan

19

2011

The People Are the Church

The significance of the church as a people, as assembly under authority, as congregation in mutual covenant has been weighing more heavily upon me these days as I study church membership. The leadership is not the church; the church (congregation) is the church. While the leadership does indeed play an important part in the church and has a crucial role, the church is the church.

This focus reveals the duty and responsibility of each individual member, as well as the sober and weighty task of leading such a people, not to mention a great sense of accountability to them. 

A healthy church means a healthy people, not just a healthy leadership--though, no doubt, with no healthy leadership, there probably will be no healthy church. An evangelizing church means an evangelizing people, not just a church that teaches evangelism--though, no doubt, with no teaching on it, it will not happen. A church that does discipline means that each member is lovingly on the lookout, and each member follows through with it should it escalate to excommunication--though, no doubt...you get the picture.

May God's people awaken to the remarkable privilege it is to be a member of the church of God which he purchased with his own blood (Acts 20:28). May God's people see the great responsibility the "priesthood of all believers" lays upon them. May God's ministers stand in fear and awe at the great task of leading God's people, and may God's people help them to do this with joy.

May God reform the leadership of many churches, and through them, reform the churches.

Jan

19

2011

Reading the Bible for More than Encouragement

What do you read the Bible for? Many people read the Bible to find something encouraging. They read the same passages. They read to find strength and joy for that day. This is not wrong, but it is short, I think, of what God would have for us.

It is no wonder that in this kind of Christianity does not dedicate much time to reading the Old Testament. What room is there for reading about how to do a sacrifice in Leviticus 1-6 if all you're looking for is encouragement? Why not read Philippians over and over again, or at least the Psalms?

The Bible is not just for getting encouragement for the day, but for gaining a radically God-centered perspective on all of life. This is a greater goal addressing a greater need.

Our greater need is not simply a need for encouragement, but that our minds are radically man-centered and idolatrous, and we need to be reminded it is not all about us! (Is not this kind of Bible-reading a kind of expression of this very man-centered way of thinking?) The goal is that God is restored to his rightful place as our King, and our hearts are restored to the rightful place of esteeming and treasuring him. 

When this happens, we will be encouraged--and not just encouraged, but transformed. From this fountain will flow a life of God-centered obedience and joy, which is a greater goal than a temporary lifting of our spirits.

Jan

20

2011

Latin to English w/ Google


Google has done it again! Google translator now supports Latin to English! It is still in "Alpha" stage, but for those of us who know absolutely zero Latin and try to read older commentators (like Henry Alford) who quote Latin and give no translation, this still helps immeasurably to at least give a partial sense of what its talking about rather than being completely in the dark.

(Did I say I love Google yet?)


Jan

24

2011

God-centeredness Is an Ultimate End

Sometimes we can be unwittingly pragmatic. We are often so focused on what happens that we forget the most important "thing" in the world is not something that "happens", per se

I've been reading a lot these days about the church, particularly books published by 9 Marks. One of those was Mark  Dever's book, Nine Marks of a Healthy Church. Great, excellent book. In this book he reminds us on more than one occasion that the display of God's character in the world through us is indeed an ultimate end! This is good in and of itself, even it is has no other effects.

Reflecting God's character through faithful parenting is an ultimate end. Reflecting God's character through longsuffering with believers is an ultimate end. Sharing the gospel of God's grace in Jesus Christ's death and resurrection is a good thing; it is obedience to Christ, it is proclaiming God's name. Even if nothing else happens, even if nobody notices and believes, we have represented God, we have imaged him in the world. This is a success.

I think here is where our man-centeredness rears its ugly head the most, and also the contemporary "missional" emphasis falls apart. We should not be missional churches.  The church does not exist solely to be "on mission". Missions is only a means to a greater end--albeit a great means. 

They are right on that much of church is existing for itself and that we are to be serious about the mission the Lord left with us. But before getting caught up in the missional world, one must take care to not end up a pragmatist who cares about results and evangelistic effects (mission or non-missional), forgetting that faithfulness in worshiping and obeying God does indeed reflect his glory, and that the very goal of mission is that more people do this, more and more!

John Piper got it better when began his book Let the Nations Be Glad with these words:

Mission is not the ultimate goal of the church. Worship is. Missions exists because worship doesn't. Worship is ultimate, not missions, because God is ultimate, not man. (17)

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