09 August 2013

This 'n' That

Yesterday, I was writing a post about Joyce Meyer's soon-to-be-released 100th book, God Is Not Mad at You. But, I failed to hit the 'Save' button as I should, and Blogger decided to slack off on its autosave and, with one small, mistaken keystroke, I lost the entire article after about an hour's worth of work. Poof! It was gone, and I was left with a blank page. I tried to speak the article back into existence, but alas, in spite of what Joyce Meyer and other Word Faith teachers try to tell us, our words actually do not have creative power.

Since the article wasn't flowing as I'd hoped it would anyway, I decided not to spend another hour of my life recreating it. Instead, I'll let you use your imagination as to what it was I might have said. In the meantime, I'm going to try to cast out the anti-discernment demon that must be inhabiting my computer,  though one Twitter friend suggested that I simply needed a hedge of protection around my blog, which of course made me think of this (I know I've shared this video quite a bit, but it's just so funny. . .and true):


So, while I work on exorcising my computer, why don't you take a few moments to sit back, relax and enjoy your week in review (kind of):
  • Mark Batterson says "there are ways of doing church that no one has thought of yet." Uh huh. Okay. . . so what's wrong with the way that God describes the gathering of the saints in His Word?
  • Do I need to point out the incredibly disturbing irony that this guy is a psychology professor?
  • Here's an update to the update on the whole Michael Brown/Strange Fire/John MacArthur hullabaloo. 
  • And while we're on the topic of strange fire, what exactly is the true ministry of the Holy Spirit today? Steve Lawson explains.
  • Maybe I just should have stayed away from Twitter altogether this week. It's like it turned into bizarro-world. What does this even mean?
  • Speaking of ecumenism, the pope is still talking (the 'reign' of this pope gives me just one more reason among thousands why I am so thankful I never was caught up in the Roman Catholic system.)
  • A key sign that you are maturing as a pastor.
  • Later this year, James White will be debating Chris Pinto over Pinto's claims that the Codex Sinaiticus is a 19th century forgery. Here's an interesting article in anticipation of that.
  • Here's your weekly dose of adorable.
  • Clay Aiken is set to play Joseph in the so-called 'Bible-based' play, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. So. Many. Jokes.
  • Denny Burk on why he doesn't plan to read Reza Aslan's book.
  • This past Tuesday, August 6, would have been Lucille Ball's 102nd birthday. In honor of that (and because I always have been a huge fan of I Love Lucy), we're going to end this week's post with a little classic levity:

18 comments:

  1. That disappearing act happens to me sometimes on blogger also, and I've found that if I do 'ctrl-Z" (undo) twice in a row it comes back. Usually ;)

    Thanks once again for a fun Friday roundup of good thinking links and some headshaking ones too. (Piper??? Sometimes I feel like we are saying 'goodbye, please don't go' to him)

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    1. Elizabeth,

      I usually have 'good luck' (for lack of a better term) with CTRL-Z as well, but this time it was CTRL-Z that made my post disappear! A discernment demon, I tell you!

      Piper's tweets have been wonky off and on for awhile. I don't really expect much more than confusion from him anymore.

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  2. I am posting this comment in response to the battle between James White and Chris Pinto and the upcoming debate in December. Though I highly respect James White's desire to defend Christianity and the Bible, I respect Chris Pinto even more for his highly thorough research and desire to be true to the Scriptures and before anyone tries to besmirch Mr. Pinto I do recommend going to the Noise of Thunder website and even find Lamp in the Dark and Tares Among the Wheat and view it for themselves before casting Mr. Pinto's scholarly research to the wind. My understanding of church history and the damaging influence of Rome on the Bible and Christianity has impacted my life. The argument that is being waged is between KJV "onlyism" and KJV "mostly-ism" but if truth be told all translations are just that, translations and the question is not whether the Word of God as we have it can be trusted, but can the translations be trusted and Mr. Pinto purports that the best translation (though that can be argued) is the KJV. The best "transmission" if you will, is the original Hebrew and the Greek New Testament. But most of us have to rely on the translations given to us by the Reformers and that is what we are stuck with. I look forward to the debate as I think James White will have met his match.

    Connie

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  3. One more thing, I respect sites as this one, but what I have been deeply saddened by is how sometimes we eat our own. I hope this upcoming debate doesn't allow for that. With the coming great deception and falling away we need to come together and seek the Truth at all times and not lob grenades at one another to show just how scholarly and brilliant we are. I find myself looking at those who don't "discern" the falsehoods that abound with such pity, when in fact I need to look long and hard at the mirror and discern just what's going on with me.

    For what it's worth...
    Connie

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    2. Connie and Stephanie,

      For the sake of clarification, because you have both expressed "sadness" over the link to the Alpha & Omega blog, have you also deduced what you presume to be my opinion on the matter? If so, please tell me what words in the following sentence indicate to you my clear opinion on the James White/Chris Pinto hullabaloo and upcoming debate?

      Later this year, James White will be debating Chris Pinto over Pinto's claims that the Codex Sinaiticus is a 19th century forgery. Here's an interesting article in anticipation of that.

      These two sentences are utterly neutral. For the record, I find many things interesting with which I agree. I also find many things interesting with which I may disagree (despite their compelling nature). Likewise, there are those topics and articles which are interesting but about which I hold no strong feelings either negative or positive.

      The purpose of these Friday posts simply is to share links to various happenings around the blogging and news world throughout the week, and some of these will challenge my readers to think and discern for themselves. By now, my regular readers know quite well that if I have a strong opinion about something that I wish to share, I will not be shy about it. Sometimes a link is just a link, and we ought not jump to conclusions.

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    3. Erin,

      I'd like to apologize for the assumption. It's been a long and difficult week with many people hurt all over the place already because of the heated discussions raging in lieu of this upcoming debate. I'm still in a bit of shock over it all.

      The reason that I assumed you agreed with it is because all of the other posts I've seen (which have been numerous) linking there were in agreement with it. So I assumed you were as well, and I sincerely apologize for that and ask for your forgiveness.

      This week has seen Chris Pinto falsely accused of many things from people who are unfamiliar with what he teaches, and even though I'm not super familiar with Chris myself, I do know of him from Brannon's show, and I don't think he deserves that kind of treatment. Does anyone, really? LOL. And especially not the kind that Kurschner has dished out at him so far, which is beyond the pale considering he is not familiar at all with Chris' teachings.

      This'n'That is one of the things I look forward to with great anticipation every week. Thanks!

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    4. Apology accepted, Stephanie, thank you.

      Now, do I have a personal opinion on the Codex Sinaiticus/Textus Receptus issue? Yes. Was that the point of my inclusion of that link? No.

      As far as the other claims and accusations swirling around, I don't have the time—or quite honestly, the desire—to do my own research on those issues, and thus have no plans to comment on them at this time. It doesn't behoove anybody to take a stand on an issue without having first done appropriate research and having gathered relevant facts. That may be something for those on both sides of this issue to keep in mind.

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  4. "I tried to speak the article back into existence..." Completely hilarious comment. Love it!

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    1. :-)
      I guess I just didn't have enough faith. . .

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  5. Just a reminder and a request to everyone to please keep comments on topic. Even on these mishmash Friday posts, let's keep our comments limited to those things that actually are mentioned in the post. Thank you!

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  6. Erin,

    You said I guess I just didn't have enough faith...

    the WOF people would say, you just didn't have enough "God like faith" or "faith in your faith"

    BTW You should have not only spoke it back in existence but you should have just taken authority over your computer and "named it and claimed it"...or I call it "blab it and grab it"....LOL

    Word of faith teaches make my head hurt....


    Teresa

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  7. I must admit that it does sound like a faith issue, more than a computer issue! Did not Paul express that we can do all things through Christ? Hmm it either means that you can fix your computer through prayer and fasting or that I don't know how to exegete the Scripture.

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    1. Scott,

      How would prayer and fasting make Erin's article come back? How could this possibly be a faith issue?

      Keep the scripture in context... It is not about our achievements at all, but it is about Christ’s achievement and our constant dependency on him...

      Phil. 4: 13 I can do all things through Christ who what? which strengthens me or give's me strength.

      the whole chapter is important not just the one verse......


      Teresa




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    2. Teresa
      That is the point! I intentionally took this verse out of context. It was meant as satire to those who choose to take Scripture out of context. I am glad that you and others are intent on a proper exegesis of Scripture.

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    3. Scott,


      Thank u for the explanation and forgive me for misunderstanding your comment.

      My bad...I should have just ask you what u meant before I jumped.

      Teresa

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  8. Erin:

    I just hopped on the comments to see what response I would get and I also apologize if it seems as though I was presuming your opinion. There was no intention on my part in doing that and I realize you are posting what you think is vital and important in matters of Biblical faith and practice for which I am entirely grateful. Your blog is one of the few that I haven't deleted from my favorites and I look at routinely because you are passionate about the truth. So if it came across that I was going at you for posting the link, please note that I wasn't. If you do want to get both sides though, please go to Chris's site. He has responded to Mr. Kurschner in earlier podcasts and he did it with kindness and humility, and Mr. Kurschner did respond back to him on this matter. It has become quite interesting. I think it's good to hear both sides and let us all make up our minds as to what is the truth in the matter which I assume that is what you want too.

    Connie

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    1. Thanks for your gracious reply, Connie. I agree, both sides need to be heard. I think that's where a lot of the problems in this situation are stemming from.

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