one of whom the world was not worthy

Kayla Mueller, the American humanitarian and born again Christian was killed in a recent attack on ISIS by Jordanian armies in retaliation for the burning of one of their own.  She was one of whom the book of Hebrews speaks about “the world was not worthy of them.”

She wrote in a letter to her parents:

‘I will always seek God. Some people find God in church. Some people find God in nature. Some people find God in love;

I find God in suffering.

I’ve known for some time what my life’s work is, using my hands as tools to relieve suffering.’ ‘I find God in the suffering eyes reflected in mine. If this is how you are revealed to me, this is how I will forever seek you.’”

She also wrote:

I have come to a place in experience where, in every sense of the word, I have surrendered myself to our creator b/c literally there was no else…. + by God + by your prayers I have felt tenderly cradled in freefall. I have been shown in darkness, light + have learned that even in prison, one can be free. I am grateful. I have come to see that there is good in every situation, sometimes we just have to look for it. I pray each each day that if nothing else, you have felt a certain closeness + surrender to God as well + have formed a bond of love + support amongst one another.

She had a strong sense of purpose and she knew how and where to live out that purpose – where it mattered most – in the midst of suffering.  Even in light of the unfortunate circumstances, was was indeed one “of whom the world was not worthy.”  You can read one of her letters here.

Amos 2 and ISIS

from Dave Black’s Blog:

In Amos 2, God condemns Moab because it violated the corpse of the king of Edom by burning it to cinders. ISIS is now the target of concerted bombing by both Lebanon and the Saudis because of its desecration of one of their coalition pilots. What goes around comes around — or, as we used to say in balmy Hawaii, “Never spit into the wind.” Washington knows full well it helped to create ISIS. Now we are paying the piper.

That’s serious stuff…

Furthering the Dialogue on Creation: Some Thoughts on Doug Wilson’s Piece

Brian Fulthorp:

There’s some good stuff here if you have interest in the ongoing discussion on the creation narrative in Genesis 1.

Originally posted on Soliloquium:

I’ve been thinking a lot about creation/science issues lately, and I have great respect for Doug Wilson, so I read his recent piece on the interpretation of Genesis 1 with great interest. I wasn’t planning on writing anything more in this area, but you know how it goes when you start thinking about something, and then you start jotting down your thoughts, and then before you realize it you’re ready to hit “publish.” This is not a thorough response, just a couple of particular thoughts generated by Wilson’s piece, and here or there they may be more informed by the larger discussion than Wilson directly. These are in the spirit of “friendly reminders” or “friendly appeals” to my young-earth creationist friends, in the interests of keeping up good, sharpening dialogue about these important issues, particularly in a few areas where I think young-earth creationism is itself not so clearly removed…

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Is the Trinity in the New Testament?

Mike Bird talks about this on his blog.  Here is conclusion:

In my mind, the Trinity is both a biblically analytic doctrine (based on the raw data of Scripture) and also a theologically synthetic doctrine (based on inferences drawn from Scripture). In other words, Scriptures gives us “biblical pressure” (Kavin Rowe’s term) to construct a Trinitarian doctrine even if it does not explicitly lay out that doctrine. That is because of the triadic nature of the economies of creation and redemption which include Father, Son, and Holy Spirit and because of scriptural affirmations about the personhood and deity of the Father, Son, and Spirit which are also affirmed in Scripture. The Trinity is the conceptual model we use to make sense of the biblical materials and to show their theological coherence. While classic Trinitarians statements in some sense go beyond the New Testament, without the Trinity we have a hard time making sense of what the New Testament says about the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

Read more: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/euangelion/2015/02/is-the-trinity-biblical/#ixzz3QgLT2nlC

Blessings!

on the Book of Revelation

a friend of mine from Seminary posted the following on his Facebook wall!  I loved it and wanted to pass it along.  Hope you get a good chuckle from it too:

I’ve decided to add another element when I teach my Bible classes. “5 Ways You Know You’ve Been Taught The Book Of ________ Wrong”

For example: 5 Ways You’ve Been Taught Revelation Wrong

1: You have more nightmares and worries about the end times than you did BEFORE taking the class.

2: You are more enthralled about who the anti-Christ is rather than who Jesus is.

3: You look at the condition of the USA and think Jesus has to be coming soon.

4: You still think someone might be right this time when they set a date for Christ’s return.

5: You still call it the book of Revelations.

These are 5 I just pulled of the top of my head (I’m not currently teaching Revelation.) I think it would add a nice element to end a class.

Well, hope y’all have a good day!

Get The Deliverance of God: An Apocalyptic Rereading of Justification in Paul for $.99

Brian Fulthorp:

good deal here

Originally posted on Theological Musings:

Right now at Logos you can not only get Doug Campbell’s massive tome The Deliverance of God: An Apocalyptic Rereading of Justification in Paul for only $.99, but you can also get Stephen Westerholm’s Justification Reconsidered: Rethinking a Pauline Theme for free. That’s right folks, two fantastic books for only a buck! Do I need to tell you to go grab them?

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