We’ve moved

So we made the move and are the Greenville, NC area.  We’re also internet-less for a time due to canceling in one place and setting up internet at the new place.  It’s a nice reprieve but I do miss reading the blogs and following along.  Again, I will be a resident chaplain at the Vidant Medical Center over the next year, so that begins Aug 25.  It will be for sure a challenging time and prayers will be appreciated.

Also so a few thoughts on moving

1) I am not a fan. :-).

2) it’s expensive.

3) it’s hard work.

4) it’s hard on the kids.

5) it’s hard on us too.

6)Did I mention I am not a fan?

While ultimately we go and do what the Lord says to do and go,  it ‘s also our heartfelt prayer that the. Lord will lead us to that PLACE where moving will be a thing of huge past if. You understand what I mean.  :-).


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,

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.


on the Pericope Adulterae at SEBTS

Brian Fulthorp:

i had the pleasure of making the last portion of the symposium and meeting Jacob (and having lunch with him! – good pizza!) and Dave Black as well as Nigusse, and Henry Nufeld. Personally, I enjoyed talking with Dr Knust and Wasserman. The other speakers either had to leave to catch flights home or were talking with others. All were great people!

Originally posted on ἐνθύμησις:

BmGeLLcIcAA6Ld1 Well, the PA conference is over now. It was a rather unique experience for me. This was the first time I’ve ever live blogged. Added to that, I was tweeting, taking pictures, and manning the mic for the Q&A sessions. I think that I can say that I learned how to multi-task. Now I just need to learn to live blog without making any typos…

Now to the true nature of the post…

In the individual posts on the presenters’ papers I got into some of the details but failed to provide you with the general positions of the presenters. The main two questions of the conference were: is the PA original and should the PA be preached. In this post, I intend to provide a summary of each panelists views.

Dr. Punch: Dr. Punch argued on the basis of the context, syntax/grammar, and the patristic evidence (Augustine’s contention…

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