- Kim Shay lost a dear friend; read about it, and mourn with those who mourn, here.
- From there, I went to another daily visit of mine, Pastor Chris Anderson's blog My Two Cents. I was absolutely blindsided by his very moving, and at the same time very comforting and bracing essay, "Why would Jesus let us die? Doesn't he love us?" It was written the day after Pastor Chris preached at the funeral of a very dear friend, and is hard to read without tears. I won't soon forget the way Chris phrased this:
Over the last ten years, Cindy has become “family” to me, my wife and our four daughters. For six of those years she has battled cancer, valiantly and selflessly. On Sunday afternoon, Cindy finally won: the cancer is dead and Cindy is in the presence of the Lord whom she loved, proclaimed and served. She enjoyed gazing on Christ from afar, and now she is doing so face to face. Victory!Agh, excuse me a moment; something in my eye. Again.
- Speaking of suffering and sin, let me plug today's essay over at my other-other blog Hellenisti Ginoskeis, titled Hebrews 5:8—breathtaking word on Christ's pedagogy. It's written for folks who can read Greek, so tell your pastor, if you haven't already. I think some might come through, even if you don't know Greek.
- There's an excellent column titled The bones of Jesus of critical concern to Christians, by Pastor Mark Minnick (h-t Chris Anderson, comments to the article cited above). Minnick explains why "the Jesus tomb" controversy matters a lot—and, I'd add, why it's so loved by those who hate Jesus.
- Thanks, Phil. Bro Johnson throws down about MacArthur throwing down, closes comments, then tells angry amills to come over here and rant. Perfect! So I just need to find the time to teach courses in remedial hermeneutics for folks who've married a system that numbs them against it, and answer every single (already-answered) question they throw at me, as if answering every single (already-answered) question they throw at me will convince them to let the Bible speak for itself and mean what it says. And of course, that's to say nothing of my own continuing need to remedy my own hermeneutics from the Word, and find the countless answers to the countless questions for which I don't have answers. So, great! On three! One... two....
- I doubt anyone reads this blog who doesn't also read Pyromaniacs, but in case that's so: Sacramento-area folks who find themselves free to do so are welcome to hear me preach this Sunday (DV), on Proverbs 3:5-6, at Soaring Oaks Presbyterian Church. Service is to start at 10:30am, and you can find directions here.
- I don't think I've ever bought a MacArthur sermon before, but I'm glad I got his controversial opening talk at the 2007 Shepherd's Conference. It's pretty powerful in itself. Also, it's a good vantage-point from which to assess the near-hysterical reaction from some whose systems are threatened by what Mac said. One in particular suggested that amills are upset because MacArthur didn't deal with specific biblical passages or doctrinal matters. Having heard Mac out, I can't understand the criticism. Disagree with him or not, you have to grant that MacArthur deals at some length with passage after passage after passage after passage, and gives a number of theological arguments. Disagreement is one thing. Misrepresentation is another altogether.
Friday, March 16, 2007
Posted by DJP at 7:50 AM