Wednesday, May 14, 2014

All Around the Web - May 14, 2014

Radical - A TV Interview with Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones on Man, Sin, Salvation, and the Christian Faith

Desiring God - When Joy Is Hard to Come By

Biblemesh - How Many Bible Passages Speak to Homosexuality?
But is the Bible’s condemnation of homosexuality limited to just a smattering of references? In short, no. All of these “open and affirming” interpretations do violence to the plain meaning of the verses in question, and Christian scholars have demonstrated that to be the case.2 Yet there is a broader issue. Not only do specific passages condemn homosexuality; many of the Bible’s major themes, metaphors, precepts, and commands assume that monogamous heterosexual marriage is the norm. From Genesis to Revelation, the Bible leaves no doubt about God’s intentions regarding marriage and sexuality. Consider the following:

– The Abrahamic Covenant (Genesis 15:1-6) depended on God’s people marrying and producing offspring for its fulfillment.

– In the Decalogue, the fifth, seventh, and tenth commandments all assume a backdrop of traditional family structure, with a husband, a wife, and children (Exodus 20:12, 14, 17).

– The entire book of Song of Solomon assumes the inherent beauty of male-female marriage. In at least two places, the book depicts a man describing his wife’s female anatomy in admiring detail (Song of Solomon 4:1-5; 7:1-9)—a phenomenon with no homosexual parallel in Scripture.

– In both Testaments, God’s relationship with His people is compared to the relationship between a husband and wife. Whether it’s Isaiah 1:21, Jeremiah 2:1-37, Ezekiel 16:1-63, or Hosea (chapters 1-3) in the Old Testament or Paul in the New Testament (Ephesians 5:22-33), the authors of Scripture believed heterosexual marriage provided an apt metaphor for God’s tender care of His people and their gracious commitment to love Him.

– The New Testament’s pervasive references to the church as God’s household presumed that a traditional family structure was normative. In Paul alone, the terms “brother” and “sister” are used 139 times; “Father” is used 63 times in reference to God; and Christians are referred to as “sons” 17 times.3

– The character of candidates for church leadership was to be gaged by the faithfulness of their participation in heterosexual marriage (1 Timothy 3:2, 12; Titus 1:6).

– The relationship between the persons of the Trinity is reflected by the intimacy between a husband and wife (1 Corinthians 11:2).

Koinonia Blog - Yahweh vs. Jesus? An Excerpt on Marcionism from "Know the Heretics"
Qoheleth was right: "what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun."

That assumption underlies the new book Know the Heretics. Author Justin Holcomb wants to help the Church avoid the mistakes of the past, so he presents 14 of history’s "major" heresies for our examination.

Take Marcion’s heresy. In a fit of dualitis, he pitted the Old Testament God YHWH against the New Testament God of Christ—believing the former was vengeful and the later gentle, loving. Such false dualism held implications not only for the person of Christ but the gospel itself.

We’ve provided the excerpt below to help you recognize and guard against Marcionism in all its forms, because unfortunately it’s a teaching that still affects the Church; there is nothing new under the sun, even false teaching.

Don Miller - The Truth You Don’t Want to Know About Writing a Book
The edits came back last month on my newest book and I was thrilled.

The changes weren’t going to be too difficult and most of the feedback was positive. I figured I could set aside a few mornings, wrap up the book and send it in.

But that’s when I was reminded that writing a book, unlike writing a blog post or a sales email or just about anything else requires direct and focused attention. A book is like a two year old in that way. You just can’t take your eyes off it to do anything else or it’s going to get into trouble.

Sure, I set aside a few mornings but I’d sit there looking at the manuscript unable to get my head back into it. Then, I’d make one edit only to create a domino effect throughout the rest of the book. I did this a few times before I started to believe the book was a total disaster and would probably never be published. Then, I broke the news to Betsy.

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