I’m slowing my posting a bit this week and next only because I know people are so busy with celebrating that posts will get missed if they sink too low on the page. I have a couple of posts I’m really looking forward to putting up, but saving them back for a few weeks. Instead, I’ll be focusing on finally getting all the content loaded on the tabs along the top of my site.
I do have a collection of links that I want to share now (with a bit more commentary by me than is normal). There are some fantastic discussions in the comments sections of many of them. Prepare to give your brain and faith a workout!
So, grab a mug of coffee and some Christmas cookies and enjoy!
First off, three thought-provoking posts by Wade Burleson. I finally got around to adding Wade to my list of “People I Enjoy” in the sidebar so I don’t miss any of his great posts. The man clearly has a heart for his sisters in Christ and I am so thankful for the posts he writes on our behalf.
Trifling with Subtleties while Ignoring Certainties: Turning the Gospel into a Gender Gospel – In this post Wade address the same Challies post about denying women the opportunity to read Scriptures that I discussed earlier in Should women and children/youth read the Scriptures in church?
“God Has Chosen to Liken Himself to a Female and We are the Fruit of His Womb” – No, that’s not Wade’s quote. It’s Calvin’s. Especially good is where Wade likens the theology of The Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood regarding woman being the glory of man, not God, to liberal theology that denies the authority of Scripture and nature of God. He also details the serious problems that develop from this view, especially for women.
The Church is Changing – A Reformation of the Church Based on the Truth of Scripture – Remember the post I did on What is church and why do we go? I so appreciated what Wade had to say on this topic.
Deb and Dee over at The Wartburg Watch also tackled the Challies article and my thought when I read it was “Darn! Why didn’t I think of those examples of the absurdity of this view when taken to its logical conclusion.” Good stuff in Tim Challies: Can the Neo-Castrati Be Far Behind?
Another TWW post with fascinating comments is Trouble in Mayberry: Southern Baptist Churches Leave Local Association. The opening quote is just mind-boggling. The mental gymnastics to give that kind of explanation about why a woman could write a book and not speak the same words in church just blows my mind.
10 Reasons Why the New NIV is Bad for Women at Girls Gone Wise – Here is another post with an interesting discussion. Several times the discussion features the classic “I can’t think for myself or interact with the excellent comments here but can only parrot the lines I’ve been given.” Maybe it is because I took Latin in high school and two years of German at Michigan State and I understand the masculine, feminine, neuter declensions in language, but it seems more than obvious to me the point people were trying to make about there not being neuter words in English. Some people apparently just cannot grasp that fact and the importance of it when translating the Scriptures in English. The other thing on display is the belief that the KJV is the ultimate authority, almost surpassing the original texts themselves. I have nothing against the KJV. I memorized it as a child in Awana and have been using it as my reading Bible lately. But it is not the final authority on the translation of Scripture.
Okay, some other stuff…
If your Representative is useless, you might want to check out the Facebook page of our U.S. Representative, Justin Amash. He explains every vote on his Facebook page and why he voted the way he did. He is one of the few going after the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). If you aren’t aware of it, you should become aware and it should scare the crap out of you. (Sorry for the language, but it’s the truth.) The NDAA gives the government the right detain American citizens indefinitely, without charge or trial. Yes, that means you. Doesn’t worry you because you aren’t a terrorist? It should worry you because it is in DIRECT OPPOSITION TO YOUR CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS. Have you ever wondered what it might be like to live in a fascist police state? You might find out.
Thinking out of the box always upsets people – Good words from Sally Clarkston
Mittengate in the Mitten State – We take our Mitten Status VERY SERIOUSLY in Michigan. Don’t mess with the Mitten. Ever.
Lady Thatcher to be honoured with state funeral from U.K. Mail Online
The Five Best Toys of All Time from Geek Dad
Aiken House and Garden – If you get house and decor envy, don’t go here and view this house on PEI. You’ve been warned…
Have a great evening!