On the situation in Iraq:

Brian Fulthorp:

you need to watch this, listen, then pray,,,

Originally posted on Apprentice 2 Jesus:

Is there any way I could beg 3 minutes of your time to see this video and somehow realize the horror that is going on? Is there any way I could beg 3 minutes of your time to LISTEN… and then perhaps a couple of more minutes to actually pray?

We need a broken heart. I am tired of dividing. I have done enough of that myself. I am sorry.

I want to hear the broken heart of God and I think I hear it clearly in the voice of this woman.

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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,

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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