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

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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