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What I’ve been reading on the web that I found share-worthy

Sept 10, 2016

http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2016/june-web-only/when-prolonging-life-means-prolonging-suffering.html

http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2016/september/how-man-of-coasts-and-cities-found-christ.html

http://www.charlotteobserver.com/living/religion/article100587007.html

Aug 24 2016

http://www.thebanner.org/features/2016/08/the-drama-of-doctrine

August 23 2016

This is one for people who like to reflect on worship trends:  http://www.dancogan.com/home/my-journey-away-from-contemporary-worship-music

Here is one from the CRC Network site. It is worth reading slowly, like sipping good coffee:

http://network.crcna.org/church-planting/imagination-tradition-and-divine-gift-abundance

Here is a nugget

Oh, we might use new language of change, models, metrics or programs but the sentiments expressed often keep the status quo. I wonder if they are just new dressing to the same cliché associated with the old and dying churches, “We’ve never done it that way before.” It’s the fear of scarcity rearing its ugly head.

Scarcity is not part of God. Mission as entering into divine abundance embraces endless new and creative ways to imagine and organize the people of God to give faithful representation of the gospel.  

A simple dismissal of tradition or the way things have been done is also a failure to enter into divine abundance.

August 4 2016

https://wordpress.com/read/feeds/22535640/posts/1107529720

excerpt:

Peter’s problem was that he was thinking like a human.

Human thinking can be completely reasonable, have laudable motivation and still be a tool in the hands of satan!

For generations us Reformed types have held up rational thinking as a reliable tool for doing theology. Particularly in comparison with experience, emotion or imagination, we tend to think of reason as a faculty that is beyond reproach. It’s supposedly something like math: if we think according to the rules of thought, we’ll always be right. At least, this is something I picked up in Reformed culture as I grew up into adulthood.

Actually logic is like math. If you follow the rules of logic your conclusions will always follow from your premise(s). The problem is: if our premise is faulty, our conclusions will be too. This was Peter’s problem. His premise was true, but his understanding of it was faulty. The problem wasn’t with his logic, it was that he understood the truth from a merely human point of view. So it is with us, we can have a perfectly reasonable belief that is simply not true.

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