Friday, June 14, 2013

All Around the Web - June 14, 2013

C. Michael Patton - Folk Theology: Twenty Urban Legends in Theology | I don't agree with all of these, but most of these are good.

20. People become angels
19. Satan is red with horns and a tail
18. Angels have wings
17. Hell is Satan’s domain
14. Revelation 22:19 teaches that the canon closed after the completion of Revelation
13. Ninety-nine percent right theology and one percent wrong theology equals one hundred percent wrong
9. Jesus suffered more than the cumulative sufferings of all of mankind
7. All we will be doing in heaven is to bow down to God 24/7
6. Jesus turned the water into grape juice
5. Money is the root of all evil
4. Asking Jesus into your heart 2. Where two or three are gathered in prayer, Christ is in their presence
1. All sins are equal in the sight of God

Between the Times - Biblical and Practical Thoughts on Parenting, Part Six: What Makes a Good Home |
  1. He is loved and wanted-and knows it.
  2.  He is helped to grow up by not having too much or too little done for him.
  3.  He has some time and some space of his own.
  4.  He is a part of the family, has fun with the family, and knows he belongs.
  5.  His early mistakes and “badness” are understood as a normal part of growing up; he is corrected without being hurt, shamed or confused.
  6.  His growing skills-walking, talking, reading, making things-are enjoyed and respected.
  7.  He plans with the family and is given real ways to help and feel needed throughout childhood.
  8.  He has freedom that fits his age and his needs; he has responsibilities that fit his age, abilities, and freedom.
  9.  He can say what he feels and talk things out without being afraid or ashamed; he can learn through mistakes as well as successes.  And his parents appreciate his successes rather than dwell up on his failures.
  10.  As he grows older, he knows his parents are doing the best they can; they know the same about him.
  11.  He feels his parents care as much about him as they do about his brothers and sisters.
  12.  The family sticks together and the members help one another.
  13.  He is moderately and consistently disciplined from infancy, has limits set for his behavior, and is helped to take increasing responsibility for his own action.
  14.  He has something to believe in and work for because his parents have lived their ideals and religious faith.

The Gospel Coalition - Caring for Victims of Sexual Abuse |

John Stonestreet - Yes, Christian, There is a Devil |

Author Harold Fickett, who assisted Chuck Colson on the book "The Faith", tells of Winter’s exploration of this issue extensively in his new biography, "The Ralph D. Winter Story." In a recent interview on BreakPoint, Fickett said that Winter wondered whether evangelicals had overlooked the active work of Satan in God’s world, and essentially “had succumbed to its own version of demythologizing, essentially ridding the gospel of the presence of Satan.”

That’s not wise, because anyone who wants to join in the kingdom-building work of God will face satanic opposition.

C.S. Lewis spoke about this amnesia, too. He wrote, “I know someone will ask me, ‘Do you really mean, at this time of day, to reintroduce our old friend the devil—hoofs and horns and all?’ Well, what the time of day has to do with it I do not know. And I am not particular about the hoofs and horns. But in other respects my answer is ‘Yes, I do.’”

We work very hard here at BreakPoint to help you develop a Christian worldview—and that worldview has to soberly acknowledge the enemy’s activity in the world. As the Apostle Paul wrote, “we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places” (Eph. 6:12).

At the same time, it’s also possible, and a mistake, to overestimate the power of Satan in the world. The Scripture is clear on this front: at the cross, Jesus disarmed Satan and defeated him. In His last conversation with His disciples recorded in John’s Gospel, Jesus said: “now shall the prince of this world be cast out… the prince of this world is judged.” The author of Hebrews agrees. “…that through death (Christ) might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil.” Paul says that Jesus at the cross “made a show” of the principalities and powers by “openly triumphing over them.” And James promises us that if we resist the devil, he will flee.

Now, don’t get me wrong. As Neal Plantinga teaches our Centurions every year, a defeated enemy can still be a very dangerous enemy—like a wounded animal is still very dangerous

Thabiti Anyabwile - An Interview with James White about His Book, “What Every Christian Needs to Know about the Qur’an” |

1.       You write, “I believe the best, weightiest, most useful refutation is the establishment of the truth of the gospel” (p. 9). Some apologists appear to think all the other arguments are the “best refutation” of Islam. Why and how does the gospel best establish the truth and refute error?

Islam came after the Gospel (despite Islamic belief otherwise), and includes as part of its teachings the rejection of the heart of the Gospel itself (the Person of Christ, the Crucifixion and Resurrection, and hence the exclusivity of Jesus the Messiah as the sole means of peace with God).  Hence, Islamic apologetics is first and foremost a “gospel” activity, and the goal of the Christian must always be to make sure the Gospel in all its glory and power and grace is made known to the Muslim who has almost never heard it with clarity.  Further, given the position of Islam as the “last” revelation, surely the argument is properly made that the Qur’an’s understanding of the faiths it seeks to correct or refute must be accurate, as God is said to be the author of the Qur’an.  But when we demonstrate error on the part of the Qur’an in reference to the Trinity, the deity of Christ, or the gospel, we are helping the Muslim to examine the claims of the Qur’an in an objective manner.

10.   Muslims often claim that the Bible has been corrupted in some way. But you examine the Qur’an’s transmission and reliability. Is the Qur’an free from errors, redactions, etc? Can we reasonably trust the Muslim claims about the Qur’an’s divine authorship?

The vast majority of Muslims are utterly unaware of the history of the transmission of their own text, just as the majority of Christians likewise suffer ignorance about the history of the Bible (a lamentable problem on both sides).  But there is far, far more information available about the transmission of especially the New Testament text than there is about the Qur’anic text, which is ironic, given the relatively younger age of the Qur’an.  But it is clear that the Qur’anic text did undergo recension under Uthman, even in the most conservative Islamic understanding.  Why was this needed?  The manuscripts tell us: there were competing traditions, in particular, the readings of Abdullah ibn Mas’ud, one of the four men Muhammad, in the hadith, pointed to as experts in the reading of the Qur’an.  We are not yet at a point to be able to sort out all the issues, as there is no “critical” edition of the Qur’an (unlike the New Testament), but work is proceeding, though very slowly.  I must confess some skepticism as to whether there will be sufficient basis for a fully critical text anytime in the near future.

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