"Seek out the society of your boon companions, drink, play, talk bawdy, and amuse yourself. One must sometimes commit a sin out of hate and contempt for the Devil, so as not to give him the chance to make one scrupulous over mere nothings…" –Luther

You have the right to remain silent….

but you have to tell people you are going to remain silent.

“Set your hope fully on the grace to be given you when Jesus Christ is revealed”

So imagine you are sitting in a doctor’s waiting room. When he calls your name, he’s going to tell you whether or not you have cancer. Your mind is racing with questions. If I have it, will I do chemo? Radiation? How will I tell the kids? How curable is this kind of cancer these days? What does WebMD say? What does this mean for my career?

Then you see the doctor. You don’t have cancer. It’s not that all your questions were answered, it’s just that they don’t matter anymore.

All of life is a waiting room. When Jesus comes back, we’ll step out of ourselves and into the light and exclaim, “O my God! Everything I was worrying about for 90 years was bullshit!”

NT Wright also thinks the UN is a great force for good in the world.

Meh.

All the world’s a conspiracy, if you believe those who are in the business of selling tinfoil hats.

I’d rather be with NT Wright’s cabbie: if God raised Jesus Christ from the dead, all the rest is basically rock’n’roll.

What I Think.

Meh.

This is a good article:

http://thefederalist.com/2014/04/09/bait-and-switch-how-same-sex-marriage-ends-marriage-and-family-autonomy/

One-sentence summary of the argument: Once the state no longer has to recognize your marriage and family, the state no longer has to respect the existence of your marriage and family.

Repentance

Shea, never heard of him, or it. Let us know what you think, though. Sooner or later I’ll get through my book pile and be able to buy some more.

A Twitterer who shall not be named linked a post this morning with an Orthodox perspective on the recent Gospel Coalition brouhaha over sanctification.

Looking at the Gospel Coalition debate from an Orthodox perspective, what’s missing is not whether a life of obedience is required once we are baptized or converted, but rather what that obedience looks like. And for Orthodox Christians, that life of obedience is a life of true repentance. One where even the holiest saints end their lives with sorrow: the apostle Paul as the “chief” of sinners, and St. Sisoes the Great who desired yet another day to repent.

These two men were not lacking in true sanctification, but were in truth exhibiting sanctification in its purest form: an awareness of sin.

Whaddaya think? I’m not so sure that it’s fair to characterize Paul as ending his life with sorrow – he at least balances it out with joy quite a bit – but a focus on repentance combined with a realization of grace seems like a quite practical path for believers.

Reading this book by Steven Paulson. I like it. Anybody in here familiar with him?

I agree that some of the “aha” moments seem kind of weak. I even found myself reasoning through some potential explanations that didn’t fall back on some kind of inerrancy argument. Still, the series is good if for no other reason than to show others that one doesn’t need to hold to some kind of Fundamentalist thinking or dogmatic adherence to the Chicago Statement in order to maintain a strong faith in God/Christ in the face of problems caused by certain methods of interpretation.

As an aside, I’m finding it more and more useful to think of Fundamentalism as a level of emotional and intellectual maturity that fears openness to thinking outside one’s understanding, as opposed to the legalisatic Christianity that still lives in the US. It also makes it easier to see how that kind of thinking finds its way into both conservative and liberal theologies, as well as other religions.

I’ve never been a fan of the word “inerrant”. It just never seemed like the right descriptor for the bible, even if one doesn’t think it contains errors. Inerrant poetry?

I’ve started to read Enn’s series. It’s good, and I agree that a traditional, literalistic approach to the whole bible isn’t quite right.

But some of the “aha” moments seem a bit weak, like Jesus story about David in the showbread in Mark.

Aha

Jason, yeah, I’ve been following Enns’ series. With my background (and somewhat my present) in churches that pretty much worship the Bible, having stories from folks who don’t is really helpful.

That sort of historical literary study really helps reinforce for me that the Bible is an inspired means by which God has made Himself known to us, but that it doesn’t belong in that fundie trinity of Father, Son, and Holy Bible.

I think that bibliolatric literalism is pretty much an attempt to control the Good Lion by those who fear the fact that He isn’t tame.