23 May 2014

This 'n' That

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It's inevitable. In casual conversation, someone innocently asks what degree I'm pursuing. I say, "I'm studying for my Master's in Biblical Studies." And they reply, "Oh, so you want to be a pastor, then?" Sigh.

No. No, I don't want to be a pastor. If I wanted to be a pastor I'd be attending a liberal, Bible-hating (because if you deliberately disobey the Word you are functionally denying its authority and inerrancy), feminism-embracing seminary. Me? I just wanted to know more about God's Word. But then I have to attempt to explain to someone who has no regard for the Scriptures why it is that I do not have grand visions of being a female pastor and why I believe the Bible forbids such a thing, and then I stand unsurprised if that person looks at me like I'm a card-carrying member of some angry, anti-woman cult. Although, to be fair, this isn't always the reaction I receive. I have had people genuinely interested in what the Bible says on the topic, and have even seen some begin to realize that perhaps their own church is not teaching the truth on this issue (and others).

It's amazing how ingrained this mindset has become in our society. It's almost as if these individuals feel sorry for me, but if they do, their sympathy is in vain. On my best days, I sin against and grieve my God with my words, deeds and thoughts. Why would I seek to deliberately stand against Him in disobedience and defiance to His clear Word? While God has graciously granted me a love for His Word, He has (also graciously) not granted me a desire to hold such an authoritative position, and thus there is no struggle. I cannot help but question and grieve for the heart of a woman who claims to be a Christian, yet insists upon disobeying God's Word with her very vocational pursuits. My studies are my pastime. How He will choose to use them in the coming years, I do not know, but even as I grumble over my assignments, I am thankful for this time of study.

So don't worry, I won't be signing my posts 'Pastor EBenz' anytime soon. And with some of the horrible illustrations I tend to concoct, that's probably good news for multiple reasons! And with that, why don't you take a few moments and start off your Memorial Day weekend (three-day weekend, hooray!) by perusing your week in review (kind of):
  • Okay, The Gospel Coalition has had a busy week. I don't really know where to start, so I'll just throw a smattering of links at you and let you put them all together for yourself. I'm purposely leaving my personal thoughts and opinions out of this, so it would be appreciated if my readers not make assumptions or presumptions based on the links provided here. I'm sure I've missed something along the way, but I've done my best to collect at least the main headlines. First, let's point out that, just as news was announced of the conviction of a former SGM pastor, both Joshua Harris and C.J. Mahaney resigned from TGC.
  • TGC weighed in here.
  • Also this week, in light of an ongoing discussion surrounding the doctrine of sanctification, Tullian Tchividjian left his blogging platform at TGC.
  • TGC weighed in on that here.
  • Then Tchividjian blasted TGC for their handling of the SGM case. Although, one wonders why he's only now airing his opinions and concerns on this issue. Or did I miss a previous statement from him (that's a sincere question)?
  • And Carl Trueman chimes in on the sanctification debate with some practical questions.
  • I disagree with Rachel Held Evans on just about everything. Including this.
  • Free ebooks are good!
  • Fred Butler takes on former Charisma editor J. Lee Grady's "Six Really Bad Charismatic Doctrines."
  • This is your weekly dose of adorable.
  • I am totally confused about the rationalization behind this.
  • Liberty University responds (poorly) to complaints about New Age Mormon Glenn Beck's recent appearance and sermon there.
  • And Paige Patterson responds to inquiries regarding why he admitted a Muslim student to his Christian seminary.
  • Seriously? People want Pat Sajak to step down from being a game show host because he's a skeptic of climate change? That might be the dumbest thing I've read all week. Those people officially can never say another word about tolerance/intolerance. Ever.
  • The danger of lectio divina.
  • Shut out of heaven forever:


  1. How I wish I had not yielded to the temptation to click The Message translation link.

    - Deborah

  2. Hooray for you EB! Like me, a woman, I so desire to know God, not disobey Him by pursuing something I am not supposed to. I have no issue with my role in the Body of Christ. Some women, even Christian women, do not take this position and even look at me like I am crazy or something. LOL, I Joy in the Lord. I too sin everyday, and wear the guilt at times on my sleeve, but I feel bad and I am one of those people who cannot hide their feelings. When I sin I hate it. Paul hit the nail on the head when he wrote,

    Romans 7:15
    For that which I do I allow not: for what I would, that do I not; but what I hate, that do I.

    Oh, by the way, I am not a prophetess or an Apostle or any of that sort. I am sure that some professional women I know would think me weird, but I am happy just being a Child of God.
    Nothing more, just to seek Him and be more like Him and wait as patiently as I can for Jesus to return.

    One more thing, I did some research on Woman's Suffrage, that movement is straight from the pit of hell. Some founding members of this group gathered some other women supporters from across the world and wrote their own version of the Bible. I could not read anymore it was so bad. These women are honored in our country and it really breaks my heart. Enjoy your Study of the Word of God. I too hope to do that very same thing in my semi-retirement.

    your sister in Christ Jesus,


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