Archive for September 17th, 2007

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I think we fixed the audio problems from before. It sounds a lot nicer than it has any right to being done over skype.

Rick and I approach the challenge that’s been brought up several times in the past week: is exactly like the people we criticize? Do we differ only in the targets of our attack?

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Rom.12:1-3 – I beseech you therefore brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present yourselves your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect will of God.

We as followers of the Lord Jesus are called to a life of detachment from the world and a journey that seeks to be transformed into the image of Christ Himself. We are in the world, but not of the world. This is not an easy journey, and much will be of self denial. Not of food or water or other necessities of this earthly life, but of emotions and revenge and pride and so many other distasteful revelations that substantiate us and not Him. But as Paul exhorted us to not be conformed to this world, and as he spoke of being transformed by the renewing of our minds, so he also comes to this statement.

For I say through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of yourself more highly than he ought to think.

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From here:

Michael S. Horton (“Historical Theology” In Dictionary for Theological Interpretation of the Bible. Ed. K. J. Vanhoozer. Grand Rapids: Baker, 2005) notes four dangers in a historical-theological approach to theology and biblical interpretation. It may have wider theological application.

1. “golden-age thinking” that occurs when a movement selects one period or hero to emulate and makes that the entire source of their theological perspective
2. a “timeless view of church dogmas,” in which one fails to recognize that the models drawn from the past were the product of particular social and cultural factors and treats them as God-given truths
3. “Biblicism,” in which the interpreter identifies their particular understanding with Scripture itself and adopts a “thus sayeth the Lord” stance
4. “speculative tendencies,” in which the tradition or logic of the interpreter is the origin of the belief rather than Scripture

Those sounds… familiar.

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