Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Asking my son for forgiveness. Receiving a hug from God.

Cute story with a deep meaning: J.R. Briggs » Asking my son for forgiveness. Receiving a hug from God. » Attempting to behold the miracle long enough without falling asleep:
“Of course I forgive you, daddy. I will always forgive you for the rest of time.”
I was caught off guard. I didn’t know he knew that phrase “for the rest of time” even existed. I was so struck by the profound and gracious response from this little boy that tears began to flow from my eyes. When he saw the tears he hugged my neck even tighter. He knew it had meant something significant. It was a sacred moment for both of us.

John Dickson’s Rejoinder to Criticisms of “Hearing Her Voice”

This is worth a read: John Dickson’s Rejoinder to Criticisms of “Hearing Her Voice”:
Before Peter lists the four “major flaws” of my argument, he provides two further pieces of socio-rhetorical criticism.

A surprising consensus?

Michael Jensen has a point: A surprising consensus? | Defence against the dark arts | Blogs |
There also seems to be a consensus emerging that 'teaching' is relational rather than functional. It is interesting to see this point emerging from the critiques of John's position, since it doesn't seem to counter his argument per se. But it is a useful thought: authority and teaching belong together not in the sense of an act but through an office or role, which is expressive of a relationship. For some, this means an exclusively male pulpit. For others, it is easily possible to imagine that the person in the pulpit on a particular occasion may not be recognised leader of the congregation, though it would usually be the case that it is. Student ministers in their early 20s, for example, frequently give sermons and it is clear to everyone that they are there at the invitation of and by permission of the rector.

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

A Sad Tale of Feminism Gone to Seed | Denny Burk

The commentary is good saying this is not necessary feminism fault: A Sad Tale of Feminism Gone to Seed | Denny Burk:
I was amazed to discover that, according to The Atlantic, women still can’t have it all. Bah! Humbug! Women who have it all should try having nothing: I have no husband, no children, no real estate, no stocks, no bonds, no investments, no 401(k), no CDs, no IRAs, no emergency fund—I don’t even have a savings account. It’s not that I have not planned for the future; I have not planned for the present. I do have a royalty account, some decent skills, and, apparently, a lot of human capital. But because of choices I have made, wisely and idiotically, because I had principles or because I was crazy, I have no assets and no family.

Monday, January 7, 2013

What’s happening to our preaching? A response to John Dickson: Hearing Her Voice: A Case for Women Giving Sermons | Forget the Channel

The whole thing is worth a read: What’s happening to our preaching? A response to John Dickson: Hearing Her Voice: A Case for Women Giving Sermons | Forget the Channel:
Dickson’s argument–that the term “teach” in 1 Tim 2:12 should be restricted to the process of “carefully preserving and laying down for the congregation the traditions handed on by the apostles”–is not compelling. A more straightforward understanding of the word “teach” is the authoritative transmission of truth from one individual to another.

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Re-Run: Jeff Cook and Desire and God

Interesting, and I thought the atheists were the smart ones: Re-Run: Jeff Cook and Desire and God:
The debate about God in our culture is not about what’s rational. 
Bill Maher, Christopher Hitchens, Penn Jillette, Richard Dawkins, etc, specialize—not in philosophical thought—but in ridicule. And that means the new atheists excel on the only evangelistically-effective playing field that matters—that of human emotion and desire. Most Christian apologists conversely seem content to surrender that ground in their preference for mere rationality. This is a tragic mistake and it’s the primary reason Christian belief is diminishing, marginalized and an easy target for nighttime comedians.