03 May 2013

This 'n' That

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I have come to the conclusion that there are few things more amusing than reading a liberal historian's take on ancient history and the Old Testament. In one paragraph the author assures me, the reader, that the Old Testament cannot be regarded as historically trustworthy because, as should be obvious, it is filled with nothing more than folklore and fairytales. Then in the next paragraph, he proceeds to detail ancient history relying heavily upon, you guessed it, the biblical text. Glad we're not contradicting ourselves or anything. . .

To make sense of this type of reasoning surely would drive a person mad, because it would require the Christian to climb inside the mind of an unregenerate, God-hating intellectual—a most frightening place to be. I suppose that reading such material ought to make one exceedingly thankful for the "simplicity" of Christian belief: God used the pens of men to write the Bible, and so because it is God's own Word, it must by definition be true. It seems far less stressful and complicated to adhere to this straightforward approach than to sit back, examine the biblical text, and declare with unsubstantiated, arrogant certainty that it was altered, edited and redacted by multiple individuals throughout time. Ah, but who am I? Just a lowly lay(wo)man, with not even a scrap of Hebrew training to my name. Surely the "wisdom" of the world must be more sophisticated and enlightened than my own, correct?
Let no one deceive himself. If anyone among you thinks that he is wise in this age, let him become a fool that he may become wise. For the wisdom of this world is folly with God. (1 Cor. 3:18–19)
Oops, maybe not. Well, before we get too caught up in ancient history, let's take a look at the more recent past as you enjoy your week in review (kind of):
  • "Christians don't sin because they have to. . . they sin because they want to." Ouch. Pastor Mike Abendroth delivers a great sermon on Romans 6.
  • R.C. Sproul on strange fire (from Leviticus 10, not the upcoming Grace to You conference which, by the way, is now sold out.)
  • Speaking of Sproul, there's an "Ask R.C." Google Hangout scheduled for Monday, May 6.
  • I don't know if I can classify this as adorable, but it is kind of funny.
  • According to this article, toddlers are becoming so addicted to iPads that they're needing therapy for their withdrawal-like symptoms. Hey, parents, pull your kid away from the screen and shove them outside to play.
  • This rapture video may be enough to make the most stalwart premill dispy go postmill or amill.
  • Thank goodness the scenario Carl Trueman paints here isn't real. Or is it?
  • The jellyfish Christian cares "more about what others think about their beliefs than the truth of their beliefs."
  • File this under "not at all shocking": Atheists are all riled up that a Christian school was teaching biblical creationism.
  • So if a guy comes into your worship service and yells, "Fake preacher!" run.
  • Not my own righteousness:


  1. But parents these days can't pull their kids away from the Ipad and put them outside. They asked the child if he wanted to go outside and he said no. So, the parents hands are tied. They don't have any authority, theyve given it all to the child.

  2. As for your opening statement on the Word of God, those who would hold it to be anything other than the infallable, inerrant, and all sufficient Word of God would do well to remember who the Author is, namely the Holy Spirit. To reduce the Word to some arbitrary human standard of "truth" is extremely dangerous in that it is highly likely that in doing so some have committed the unpardonable sin of blaspheme against the Holy Spirit.

    As for RC Sproul, this question has been submitted: why do you endorse the likes of John Piper and Ravi Zacharias when both have demonstrated that they are apostate/heretics? Endorse meaning that you, RCS, have invited them to your conferences and given air time on your radio show

  3. “God used the pens of men to write the Bible…”

    And by His grace, He used women too!!!!

    While the majority of the Bible text was recorded by faithful men through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, let’s not forget that godly women through the ages were also responsible for some of the words of Holy Scripture (written, or possibly dictated). These are words that are directly attributable to women, inspired by the LORD, and have come down to us in the Holy Bible.

    Such as…

    Deborah’s song – Judges 5:1-31

    Hannah’s prayer – 1 Samuel 2:1-10

    Mary’s praise – Luke 1:46-56

    Perhaps even some of the Psalms were written by women!

    We have no way of knowing for sure, but I think it’s highly possible.

    We are all one in Christ. And women also contributed to the writing of the Bible, according to God’s will. I love it! Carol


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