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Around Cyberspace

What to do when the original text makes no sense. Dr. Snoeberger of Detroit Seminary wrestles with 1 Samuel 13:1 and the ESV’s “little-advertised translation change.” What is interesting in this post is Mark’s conclusion: “(1) Translation is never simple, and formal equivalence will rarely work for more than a verse or two before it must be abandoned. We might talk about a version being “more formal” or “less formal” than another, but never purely formal. (2) Translation always involves interpretation. Always. Even the decision of the RSV to supply ellipses instead of words is an exercise in theological interpretation. (3) The most “literal” translations at times are sometimes very dynamic, and the most dynamic of translations are sometimes very literal. (4) People sometimes need expert help when they read the Bible. That’s why we have translators and that’s why we have teachers. Do translators and teachers sometimes betray us? Absolutely. But without them, the Christian life would be exceedingly difficult.”

How Sunday School Can Change Your Church’s Culture. Churches use Sunday School in different ways and the scriptures don’t dictate how that ought to be. Here is an intriguing example of how a church used its Sunday School and how it changed the culture of the church: “Wonderfully, our adult Sunday school program has effected changes not only in our church’s dating culture, but in other areas as well. Conversations about church discipline, fear of man, evangelism, gender, and singleness increasingly embody the content of their respective Sunday School classes.”

Steadfast Faith. Bob Jones University’s Annual Bible Conference finished up this past week. SoundForth released their newest recording on Wednesday. I watched some of the concert on Wednesday night. The recording is all men this year and sounded good. I look forward to adding this to my library soon.

One of my alma maters recently published a new promotional video:

I’m Gunna Apply from Maranatha Baptist Bible College on Vimeo.

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Links On Two Topics: Abortion and Homosexuality

I came across two interesting posts recently. Both posts are in the genre of “How I Wish the Conversation Would Go”, and proceeds with a mock interview on the topic. I found them interesting:

How I Wish the Homosexuality Debate Would Go

How I wish the abortion-for-rape debate would go


Riley — Corrupt Affections are the Soil of Heresy

Corrupt affections are the soil of heresy.

What is interesting to me is the connection he makes with the training of children. The church has trained them to be sentimental. Sentimentalism (the overemphasis of emotions) in the church makes it easier for Christians to find something with which they feel comfortable rather than which accords with truth from Scripture.

If you are unfamiliar with the discussion about Rob Bell, google it. I particularly suggest this review. It’s long (and I haven’t read the whole thing), but it’s been summarized elsewhere and seems to be a good one.


Martin Poses a Question About Expository Preaching

A question concerning the authority of Scripture and expositional preaching | Worship, Music, Culture, Aesthetics – Religious Affections Ministries.

The question stems from the sola scriptura argument which argues that the Bible contains all the Christian needs for faith and practice—the Bible is the sole authority. If that argument is true, how can one argue so dogmatically that expository preaching is the best method to deliver God’s Word to God’s people?

Martin poses this question in an effort to point out what seems to be an inconsistency with conversations on music. Namely, there is no verse in Scripture which directs expository preaching, just as there is no verse in Scripture which directs certain music. Yet one argument (expository preaching) is maintained while the other (position on music) is excoriated.

It is an interesting questions, one that I had not considered before.


Bob Bixby on the FBFI and Fundamentalism

Frontline Fundamentalism & Me: The Irony of the Irony « Pensees.

Most of the time I appreciate what Bob says, and even agree with it. His wit is evident as always. I’m not “read in” as much on what he’s talking about here. Partly because I haven’t taken the time to understand all of it; mostly because I haven’t been around long enough.