Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Quick Hits #13

1. Thank you to the Dallas Cowboys for stinking so badly on Sunday that the Patriots losing to Cleveland(!) was overshadowed and fairly forgotten.

2. Denny Burk on the NIV 2011's rendering of 1 Timothy 2:12. He makes some interesting points. I’m a complementarian, partly because of that passage in 1 Timothy, but it would not have occurred to me to read “assume authority” the way Denny Burk says it leans until this blog post. In that context, I read “assume” like “take up” or, well, “exercise.” One would have to read into the word the concept of “sinfully assuming apart from the delegation of the church,” which is something (in my opinion) egalitarians already do with “exercise” anyway. The best question is not “which side does this support?” but “what does the text say?” Doug Moo’s comment was helpful, I think.

3. Did your people win elections last Tuesday? Now's the time to start lowering your expectations. ;-)

4. “Being amazed by God’s grace is a sign of spiritual vitality. It is a litmus test of how firm and real is our grasp of the Christian gospel and how close is our walk with Jesus Christ. The growing Christian finds that the grace of God astonishes and amazes.” -- Sinclair Ferguson (HT: OFI)

5. I know that my Redeemer lives.

6. I love this:


Ryan Phelps said...

I'm new to your blog and your ministry in New England. I too am a transplant pastor (from WA), doing ministry in a small northern Massachusetts town. My question is pretty simple. Have you always been a Pats fan? Or was becoming a Pats fan necessary to "become all things to all people"? Finally, do think I have to become a Pats fan too?

I just threw up in my mouth.

Jared said...

I wasn't so much a Pats fan before I moved to New England, but I was a Tom Brady fan. Just like the cut of the guy's quarterback jib.
Similarly, I always liked Michael Jordan the basketball player, but didn't care so much for the Bulls.

Living in Vermont now, I do feel compelled to hope the Patriots do better than their competition (unless that happens to be the Titans ;-), as well as the other local sports teams. I even hope the teen guys in my church do well in their soccer games and even go root for them, even though I really hate soccer. :-)

Of course, I confess it hasn't been difficult rooting for the Patriots b/c I like Brady and they're not a terrible team.

On a serious note: I think things like this can be a good (but not necessary) way to be a good missionary. Assume the neutral customs if you can. Minister to New England people by becoming a New England person. It will take a long time, but it's a worthy endeavor.
Or if you can figure out how to endear your people to you *because* of your distaste for the Patriots, do that too. My people know I hate soccer and they think it's cute. ;-)

Anonymous said...

I really enjoy your blog. Many of your posts have helped me look at some "sacred cows of faith" in my life. Growing up in the church, and attending different denominations over the years, has resulted in a very hodge-podge theology. (Or as I'm finding, a theology built on man's personal interpretations of the Word, rather than the Word itself.)

Anyhoo, I find writings regarding the Reformation to be wordy and full of -isms. Is there any way you could do a Glossary post some day? For instance, I dont even know what a complementarian is!

(P.S. Your blog is not the only one that gives me this problem, but you're the most accessible, it seems.)

Anonymous said...

I noticed last week that Bible Gateway started to use the NIV 2011 as their default. I was curious.
Seeing Denny's chart on how the translation of 2 Tim. 2:12 has changed over time was shocking.

DrewK said...

# 6 : this poster should be carpet bombed across our entire culture. Adds fuel to what some at our church call the "I(dol)-phone" :-)