It is clear in the Old Testament text and to many commentators that in Leviticus 25, Jubilee does not involve forgiveness of debt, at least in the way we normally use the term. There is no debt forgiven because it has already been paid. Let me explain.
Wednesday, November 28, 2012
This is a good look at the Jubilee, I thought it always meant a forgiveness of debt: 5 Myths about Jubilee – The Gospel Coalition Blog:
Posted by Andrew Vella at 2:03 PM
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Free advent book for 2012: Good News of Great Joy by John Piper Daily Readings for Advent - Desiring God:
Good News of Great Joy: Daily Readings for Advent is designed especially for Advent 2012. With readings beginning Sunday, December 2, and going through Christmas Day, this book of Advent devotionals aims to put Jesus at the center of your holiday season. These short meditations are excerpted from the ministry of John Piper and correspond to the daily readings in Desiring God's free devotional app called Solid Joys (available in the iTunes store).
Posted by Andrew Vella at 11:00 AM
Just what we need, enforced religion. That always works out well in the long run: Oklahoma Judge Sentences Teen to Church for 10 Years - ABC News:
Anybody who knows Oklahoma District Court Judge Mike Norman probably yawned at the news that he’d sentenced a teen offender to attend church as part of his probation arrangement, and that the judge’s pastor was in the courtroom at the time.
Posted by Andrew Vella at 10:55 AM
Some good advice for fathers with daughters: My Daughter’s Beauty > The Village Church:
How do I raise my daughter to know the true definition of beauty in a culture such as ours? How do I cultivate an image in her that is rooted in the beauty of Jesus and not the allure of a distorted sexuality?
Here are three points that I have found helpful in my journey
Posted by Andrew Vella at 9:25 AM
Monday, November 26, 2012
Wilson response to NT Wright's comments on the CoE's decision not to ordain women bishops: Squeezing Harder Than That:
Now I can understand a vote against women bishops as a preliminary move to try to undo the ordination of women priests. And I can understand a vote for women bishops as the next logical step after having established the practice of ordaining women priests. What I don't get is the affirming the ordination of women priests and opposing them as bishops. The pig, once swallowed by the python, has to move on down the line.
Posted by Andrew Vella at 4:04 PM
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
I thought they would have gone the other way: Church of England Rejects Women Bishops In Vote:
The Church of England voted on Tuesday against allowing women bishops after it failed to win the support of enough lay members for the reform, leaving the Church facing more internal strife over an issue that has divided it for years.
Posted by Andrew Vella at 11:39 AM
Friday, November 9, 2012
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Looks water tight to me: Best Humorous Argument for God:
1.Beers that exist are greater than beers that do not exist, and as such existence is a great-making property.
2. If God exists, God is the greatest conceivable being.
3. Let’s assume the greatest conceivable being does not exist.
4. If (3) than there is something greater than the greatest conceivable being.
5. (4) is a contradiction, so (3) is false.
God exists and we know this because of great beers.
Contrary to Kant, every philosopher I know believes that beers that exist are greater than beers that do not exist. It would be offensive to humanity, the Rolling Stones, and your grandmother to deny Premise 1.
Posted by Andrew Vella at 3:40 PM
Friday, November 2, 2012
Not a bad list: Spiritual Classics: 25 Books Every Christian Should Read:
Throughout the centuries certain books have had a tremendous influence on Christians across traditions and cultures. The ideas expressed in these seminal works have shaped the history not only of Christianity but also the world.
Posted by Andrew Vella at 4:16 PM
Another damning review of this new Biblical Womanhood book and how the author doesn't understand the Bible: Bluestocking Feminism:
So we may conclude from this aspect of it that when Rachel Held Evans set up shop to teach us what the Bible says about womanhood, it took her about ten minutes to start producing Talmudic arcana and extra rules instead of straight Bible. Not only extra rules, but dumb ones.
Posted by Andrew Vella at 4:08 PM
Thursday, November 1, 2012
It's a book review about Biblical womanhood, but it is also a primer on how to read the Bible, written by Tim Keller's wife: Book Reviews | Review: A Year Of Biblical Womanhood - The Gospel Coalition:
The best way to accomplish both of your goals would have been to attempt to live by all the commandments the Bible genuinely addresses to Christian women, while discussing the rules of responsible interpretation along the way. I would have been glad to read a book like that, whether I agreed with its conclusions or not. However, that is not the book you wrote. Instead, you began your project by ignoring (actually, by pretending you did not know about) the most basic rules of hermeneutics and biblical interpretation that have been agreed upon for centuries.
Posted by Andrew Vella at 10:50 AM
10 free classes and a study guide on Luther by R.C Sproul: Reformation Day Free Download: R.C. Sproul's Luther and the Reformation by Nathan W. Bingham | Ligonier Ministries Blog:
Posted by Andrew Vella at 9:57 AM