Lost in Xanadu

Good post by Carl Trueman. His call for a reformation, one as dramatic, if not more dramatic, than the sixteenth century, might seem over the top to some. That said, the need for a reformation in the sixteenth century wasn’t universally recognized either. While there had been various reformational efforts in centuries before, God used the work of one bold monk to light a fire. The world Trueman describes is our world, we live in it, and we breathe it in day-in and day-out. While some of us see what Trueman writes about, the modern world is still our home and it feels normal to us … it’s all we know … and yet it’s not normal or good.

Lost in Xanadu

Dad Enough to Sing

This is a great post. The Scriptures are full of commands to sing and in Biblical times and for much of church history, the singing was led by men.  The silence of so many men in worship is a great loss to the church.

So, Dads, sing! Sing when you’re alone! Sing when you’re with your kids! Sing together with your family! And, certainly, sing in church!

Dad Enough to Sing

Fruitfulness

“The theme of fruitfulness is woven throughout God’s covenants with man. They command fruitfulness, promise fruitfulness, threaten unfruitfulness, and promise that with repentance will come the restoration of fruitfulness. There isn’t a covenant between God and man that does not have fruitfulness at its core …

God is fruitful. God blesses the righteous with fruitfulness. God curses the wicked with fruitlessness. What are you? …

Throughout history Christians have acknowledged God’s command — ‘be fruitful and multiply’ — to be binding; for millennia bearing children has been viewed not as a matter of preference, but as an act of obedience …

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Subordination

“The partnership between man and woman as people with the same nature is the central focus of Genesis 2. However, a further question arises: Is there any subordination in that partnership? The term ‘subordination’ has been chosen for this discussion because, despite some of its English connotations that cause confusion, it is one of the best translations of a Greek word (hypostasso) commonly used in the New Testament to express this aspect of the husband-wife relationship and of other similar relationships. The meaning of this word as it is presented in the New Testament will be one of the major concerns in later chapters. The English word ‘subordination’ means literally ‘ordered under,’ and its Greek counterpart means almost the same. The word does not carry with it a notion of inferior value. A subordinate could be more valuable in many ways than the person over him or her. Nor does the word carry with it a notion of oppression or the use of force for domination. The word can be used to describe an oppressive relationship, but its normal use is for relationships in which the subordination involved is either neutral or good.

‘Subordination’ simply refers to the order of a relationship in which one person, the subordinate, depends upon another person for direction. The purpose of this order is to allow those in the relationship to function together in unity …

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Made in the Image of God … Two Distinct Sexes

“It is natural to draw a further implication from Gn 1:27-28, namely, that God created both men and women in his image and likeness. This point is debated, and this debate will be considered in a later chapter. Here it is enough to make three observations. First, Gn 1:26-31 is about the creation of the human race; the natural implication would be that everything that is said about ‘man’ is true of every human being. Secondly, nothing in Gn 1:26-31 indicates that women do not take part in the commission associated with being in God’s image, namely, having dominion over the living creatures. Rather, the fact that the commission is repeated in v. 28 following the statement about the human race being created male and female indicates that women share not only the commission but also the image of God which makes the commission possible. Finally, in Gn 1:27, the phrase ‘male and female he created them’ is an elaboration following on ‘God created man in his own image.’ The progression would then be something like this: God created the human race in his own image so that it could have dominion over living things. Moreover, he created the human race male and female so that the race could increase and fill the earth …

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Men and Women – Where to Start?

“But he [Jesus] insists that divorce was not God’s original plan and highest intention. ‘From the beginning it was not so.’

Jesus appeals to ‘the beginning.’ He appeals to creation and God’s purpose in creating. He thereby lays down a principle of great importance: To understand how God intends human life to be, we should look to God’s purpose in creating the human race. Behind this principle lies an understanding of how to approach ‘law’ and the various teachings in revelation. Jesus indicates that when we consider God’s directives, especially those written in scripture, we should look to the intention behind the directives in order to observe them well. It is not enough to observe a directive ‘legalistically’; that is, it is not enough to merely apply the directive to our lives externally so that we behave in a way that somehow conforms to the law. Rather, we cannot observe a law well unless we understand God’s intention in giving the law and cooperate with that intention in our observance …

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Fatherhood & Sonship

“And as I read the Gospel of John once more, I found it full of the Father’s love for His Son and the Son’s submission to His Father.

It was everywhere.

I began to realize how helpful it is as a father to meditate on the relationship between the Father and the Son, and I became convinced that one of the most helpful things for fathers to see and fall in love with is the beauty and glory of the Father and the Son, together. Here is the essence of Fatherhood, and every interaction between the Father and the Son in Scripture is like peeling back the veil and peering into high Heaven …

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A Reason for Reason ???

“According to evolution, our brains evolved solely for the task of survival, not for the construction of complex theories that describe entities and events entirely beyond the realm of observation … Now, it’s not impossible that unguided evolution went beyond the call of duty, making us reliable about highly theoretical topics. But sober skepticism suggests that we should seriously doubt it … And yet the question of cognitive reliability has been quietly swept under the rug. Most naturalists — for all their skeptical drumbeating — aren’t interested in this issue. I would have thought that hard-nosed skeptics would be itching to follow reason — along any path. And this particular path seems to lead us to the realization  that we have no independent reason to believe reason — other than the fact that we already do and that we couldn’t help it in any case. (Maybe possession is nine-tenths of the law.)”

how to be an (a)theist, Mitch Stokes