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  1. Michael says:

    Sorry, forgot to turn on comments…

  2. Josh the Baptist says:

    The two Billy Graham links – 1. I don’t know that he ever wrote his own books. No shocker there, though it is more apparent now that he is visibly less able to do so.

    2. Keeping in mind that we don’t know who really answered the question about the pastor, also the quote in context would be nice:

    “Sadly, I have known of church members who seem to enjoy criticizing their pastor — and sometimes they keep doing it pastor after pastor,” Graham goes on to say. “I’ve never known why; perhaps they do it to just to get attention. But whatever their reason, it is wrong, and it is a sin in the eyes of God.”

    With that, I totally agree.

  3. Nonnie says:

    In the egalitarian/complementerian article, one of the arguments was “If women don’t stay home, children will be neglected .”

    Any church that would use that argument should not have women employees who are mothers of younger children , nor should those churches offer nursery or day care to facilitate working mothers.

  4. Solomon Rodriguez says:

    Interesting article on SDA denomination. I just became an official member over a month ago. It is a very racially diverse denomination. They are very health conscience. Very much into helping those less fortunate. What I love about Seventh-day Adventist congregation is that they promote free thought among it’s members so you have a wide variety of opinions in their political beliefs. They also promote education which is good.

  5. UnCCed says:

    Billy:
    “But most churches have ways of dealing with such matters through their ruling board or denominational structure. Paul reminded the Christians in Corinth that ‘everything should be done in a fitting and orderly way,'” he adds, referring to 1 Corinthians 14:40.”

    With all due respect to Billy, I’m not sure if he’s ever seen the Caesar model in action.

    Also, since he quotes a verse, it is fair to comment on his exegesis.
    For those (not Billy) whose mantra is “verse by verse,” it’s not honest to cherry-pick verses to support, in affect (MANY of us have watched for decades) no real accountability, and ignore prophets who regularly “touched the Lord’s anointed.”
    As I (and gazillions of others through the years) have stated, its at least suspicious the same model of government which exalts one guy high and lifted up above everyone else, simultaneously teaches no prophecy, at least as practiced in the OT & NT.
    If we truly respected all the gifts, and not just the chairman of the board’s, a whole lot of what now unfortunately the media and law enforcement must deal with might have been avoided, and more importantly, God’s name not so trampled.

  6. Martin Luther's Disciple says:

    Jeremy Bouma, the writer of the article on Molinism, wins my vote as the smartest guy this week. When speaking of thoughts coming out of the Reformation he states – “Arminianism, check. Lutheranism, check. Calvinism, big check.”

    Think about it, nobody list Lutherans when it comes to Reformation thought. It is always lost as if Calvinism and Arminianism are ther only competing ideas.

    I looked into Molinism several years ago. Very interesting concept. For those who don’t know, the esteemed William Lane Craig is a Molinist.

  7. Eric says:

    5th link is about the US Catholic Church.

    It’s time to end ghostwriting. I was thinking about this lately as Throckmorton mentioned Yohannan’s books were ghost-written, and thinking back to Driscoll’s plagiarism problems which were rather ironic if he didn’t write his book anyway. Look at all the big names on your bookshelf (who are big names for stuff other than writing) and now you wonder how much the big name actually wrote the book.

  8. Em says:

    maybe it’s the fall – cold weather = house bound, but so many of these links proved good reads … thank you

    Molina led me to some stuff that i had to share today – don’t need labels for my Faith, so Molina is not my new religion, but i found some good solid “back to basic” thinking and passed it on

  9. Erunner says:

    Listening to Mr. Packer is a privilege for me. It really struck me that such a brilliant man would write so as to reach the masses instead of putting that knowledge to use in a way that may have prevented the every man from being blessed by his writings. He simply comes across as the exact opposite of those things that can plague the church in the days we live. You should post his videos weekly!

  10. Solomon Rodriguez says:

    Regarding the Islam link. I know many Muslims come.to faith in Christ as of God but still worship Allah as His Father rather than Jehovah. I guess Allah is their rendering of God as a common noun and not a proper name for God.

  11. Scott says:

    Words have meaning. Allah is not the God of Abraham, Issac and Jacob. But then, I think you already know that.

  12. Brandon says:

    Words certainly *do* have meaning and in many cultures Allah means supreme being. It’s used in the Islamic faith because the Quran supposedly points to the supreme being. What is a major point of the Biblical text if not to correct our idolatries in our conception of God? Biblical translation has been doing this in new cultures over and over and over again – turning local conceptions of God (whatever language is known in the particular culture) into deep theological understanding that dismantle local idolatries. And speaking of mission:

    It’s funny how in missions people go into new cultures with the Gospel and pull out and use the word for God in the heart language (rather than pushing English on them) and it’s not only acceptable but encouraged. Except in Arabic cultures. And that only really in the last decades or so when everybody got to afraid of Muslims to actually seriously and intentionally engage (look no further than the pushback to having Syrian refugees come stateside rather than welcoming them with open arms).

    Such a shame.

    Consider: Allah was in use as a term centuries before the Quran. Christians in the predominantly Arab world have been calling God Allah *for centuries*. Perhaps longer than English speakers have been calling God God.It’s the word translated as God in Bibles in central Asia, SE Asia, etc (the Malay Bible published in 1733 used Allah as example that happened 2 centuries before wycliffe even came to be).

    It wasn’t ever an issue until we intentionally made Islam the evil other. But It shouldn’t be an issue now.

    All that to say – I’m thankful there are churches welcoming Muslims intentionally but they shouldn’t be doing it at the expense of their own faith. Leave the crosses up. Invite them to engage with the Gospel (or your services I suppose). Offer prayer in the name of Jesus. If they don’t want that still have them for dinner and begin an honest and earnest dialogue.Tell them Allahu Ackbar and why Isa al-Masih points directly to this. Invite them to read the Injeel with you. You might be surprised at the response you get. I’ve been many times.

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