We’re moving… again.

Well, its a been a challenging year to say the least (we were here in Columbia, NC, yes, you read that right, NC and not SC :-) to serve as associate pastors with Debbie being the church’s daycare director – i never found work)  - but the time has come for us to move on to other things because, well I did end up finding work – I will be in the Resident Chaplain program at the Vidant Medical Center in Greenville, NC.  Its only about an hour and a half from here so not too far but yes still yet again moving – it is the cry of our hearts that God will help us find a place to be such that we don’t have to move again for a long long time – not sure yet where that is.  BUT I am really looking forward to the residency knowing full well I will be challenged and stretched in more ways than one – and will get paid.  lol  ;-)   We’ll spend a couple weeks of July with our families in AZ visiting (it won’t be nearly enough time) then will be back to get going.  Blessings,

Leon Morris – On the Cross

Graham Cole reflects on the life of the great Leon Morris (as posted on Mike Bird’s blog):

Leon knew how to preach the cross too. I recall meeting folk in Melbourne who had been brought to Christ through a sermon on the cross preached by Leon. One personal experience of his ministry stands out for me. I refer to it at least once a semester in my classes. Leon came to the chapel at Ridley to preach. He was frail but in good voice. He preached on the cross. No surprise there. The chapel was in the round and quite an intimate space. He paused then surveyed the gathered crowd of faculty and students. Next very slowly, very deliberately he pointed to his right and said quietly, ‘You have been died for’, to the middle ‘You have been died for’ and to the left ‘You have been died for.’ It was electric. I knew that to use Pauline language that I had been bought with a price. The cross and what Christ achieved there as the propitiation for our sins – take that C. H. Dodd – was for Leon no mere theological construct but the life transforming truth from God. My book on the atonement has four lines of reference to his works in the index. Anyone who writes on the cross of Christ and neglects the scholarship of this humble Christian man is foolish in my opinion.

Read more: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/euangelion/2014/06/graham-cole-reflects-on-leon-morris/#ixzz34Y5E83Ui

I can only imagine what it must have been like to be in that room…

on a side note, I must admit I really like his work in the NICNT set on John.  really like it..

Fear-Driven Biblical Interpretation

Brian Fulthorp:

Some really really good stuff here from my friend Scott on not allowing fear to drive how we understand and or interpret the Bible. Please do give it a read…

Originally posted on The Prodigal Thought:

Jonah and the Whale Jan Brueghel the Elder, 1887 Evangelicals are passionate about Scripture. It’s foundational to who we are. Well, first and foremost, evangel icals are called to be passionate about the evangel  (or gospel) of Christ and his kingdom. But Scripture is still of utmost importance, a strong bedrock in our theological and life formation.

So, it would follow that how we interpret Scripture must become crucial as well. However, biblical interpretation is no easy task…AT ALL. And to champion the perspicuity, or clarity, of Scripture, as most evangelicals do, could cause a bit of confusion if you simply read Scripture itself, as well as the multiplicity of interpretive approaches across the broad scope of 2000 years of Christian church history (I, of course, am referring to the non-heretical interpretations).

I’m currently thinking about this topic (well, I think about it often, though I’m considering it a bit more today) because of some interaction I came across from an acquaintance and his study…

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Is That What the Bible Means?

Brian Fulthorp:

Some great stuff here from my friend Paul on how pastors and bible teachers need to be teaching their congregations to properly read and interpret the Bile through their preaching and teaching.

Originally posted on ἐν Χριστῷ Ἰησοῦ (in Christ Jesus):

On Having the Right Conclusions But the Wrong Support

A few days ago I received an e-mail from a dear friend who was encouraged by a message from John 11. Her pastor took verse 44b, where Jesus said, “Unbind him, and let him go” (NASB), as a call for believers to unbind each other from the things of the world that hold our attention away from Christ.

Immediately I asked the question “Is that what John meant?” Is this an instance of the right biblical idea but the wrong biblical support? My response went something like the following:

“That’s funny…I’ve heard that same application from this passage from other preachers.

Although I’ve not heard the sermon, I’m unconvinced that John had in mind some kind of metaphor for our sanctification when he documented the raising of Lazarus from the dead. Clearly it is a biblical notion not to become worldly…

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John Feinberg’s Course on Christian Ethics

Brian Fulthorp:

looks like a good opportunity here…

Originally posted on KINGDOMVIEW:

There are many fine works on Christian ethics available on the book market. My top 3 are John Frame’s Doctrine of the Christian Life, John Jefferson Davis’s Evangelical Ethics, and John Feinberg’s Ethics for a Brave New World (a high-ranking honorable mention goes to Scott Rae’s Moral Choices). In terms of current discussions and at-length interactions with opposing views, Feinberg stands above the rest. Recently I stumbled upon these 18 videos of Feinberg’s ethics course taught at The Master’s Seminary a few years ago. One doesn’t have to agree with all of Feinberg’s conclusions to appreciate his vast knowledge of the subject, careful analysis, and fair representation of opposing views. Enjoy!

Christian Decision Making 1

Christian Decision Making  2

Christian Decision Making  3

Christian Decision Making  4

Christian Decision Making  5

Euthanasia 1

Euthanasia 2

Euthanasia 3

Euthanasia 4

Euthanasia 5

Euthanasia 6

Homosexuality 1

Homosexuality 2

Divorce &…

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some reading for you

here are some good thoughtful articles and blog posts I’ve come across recently and wanted to share with y’all:

Janice Shaw Crouse on  America’s appalling ignorance of Christianity.

“•Only 10 percent of American teenagers can name all five major world religions and 15 percent cannot name any.
•Nearly two-thirds of Americans believe that the Bible holds the answers to all or most of life’s basic questions, yet only half of American adults can name even one of the four gospels, and most Americans cannot name the first book of the Bible.

Kristof expands the litany of ignorance: “Only one-third know that Jesus delivered the Sermon on the Mount, and 10 percent think that Joan of Arc was Noah’s wife.”

Anthony Bradley writes on “The New Legalism” (the call to be a “radical,””missional” Christian): http://t.co/uXOXxfyImI

“Being a ‘radical,’ ‘missional’ Christian is slowly becoming the ‘new legalism.’ We need more ordinary God and people lovers (Matt 22:36-40).”

Fred Sanders offers an analysis of Oneness Pentecostalism.

It is a disturbing fact that the most vigorous form of anti-trinitarianism currently on the market is to be found within the sphere of conservative evangelicalism….

Christena Cleveland on the problem of Urban Church P̶l̶a̶n̶t̶i̶n̶g̶ Plantations

They come in like Wal-mart – with all their fancy buildings and fancy programs. And one by one, the members of my church come to me and say, ‘We love you, pastor, but they have a great kids program, so we’re going to start attending that church.’ — an African-American urban pastor

Why students using laptops learn less in class even when they really are taking notes http://t.co/bszI81QvEE

Are you one of those old-school types who insists that kids learn better when they leave the laptops at home and take lecture notes in longhand?  If so, you’re right. There’s new evidence to prove it, and it’s unsettling because so many students aren’t really taught longhand anymore.

Blessings,

require the biblical languages in seminary?

well I think so… so do John Byron and Reed Carlson.

here is a portion from Reed’s blog post on it all where he responds to various objections such as:

OK, but isn’t there an abundance of Bible translations, software, and other tools for that sort of thing?

Yes, and that’s part of the problem. Particularly in English, Bible tools and translations are overwhelming. The Internet has galvanized the proliferation of Bible “experts”—both qualified and unqualified—and it is easier than ever for anyone to access Bible study materials online. Thus, one of the most valuable skills a seminarian can learn in a biblical language course is the ability to recognize and use these materials. How does one distinguish profitable Bible commentary from what is not useful? What are the benefits and limitations of software that does the parsing and dictionary work for you? How do popular Bible translations differ and why does that matter theologically?

Too often biblical language courses succeed only in making students timid when they talk about the Bible. This is in part the fault of instructors who intimidate their students by showcasing the sheer volume of material a first-year seminarian could never hope to learn. Instead, we should be releasing students to make responsible use of the plethora of tools that are available. If they don’t learn these skills when they’re in seminary, when else will they have the chance?

Have a read!  Blessings!

on women in ministry

wanted to share this blog article by Tim Ayers of Grace Church in Southern Pines, NC on their approach to women in leadership.  Personally, I think its well done and shouldn’t be ignored…

Here is their conclusion:

Our task as a church is to heal the broken places that resulted from the fall and show the world God’s intentions.

One of these broken places is the equity and dignity between men and women.

Our task is to be the best of citizens; it is a part of the Christian world view that leads to equality of all individuals… and to the opportunity to fulfill God’s call on our lives. The secular culture has it right when it comes to opportunity. Christianity’s reticence comes from not doing the harder work of holistic exegesis on the few passages that have consistently determined our stances. This is not a slippery slope; it is getting in line with God’s initial design and standing against the power structures of sexism. The issue, as I see it in 1Timothy is competence and character… just as it should be for men. Eldership needs to be carefully defined; teachers need to be properly vetted. But according to Paul race, class, and gender are not to be issues.

Blessings!

HT: Alaine Buchannan