He who hears the shema drinks the shekar!

Friday, March 30, 2007

More Covenantal confusion....

You have to appreciate the courage of C. FitzSimons Allison (ret.) in standing up to the utter nonsense that the Anglican powers-that-be are producing these days.

Surely what is becoming increasingly obvious is that we have two different religions in one church...

His response to Katherine Grieb's earlier proposal is a great example of seeing through her erroneous invoking of 'covenant' in defense of her sub-Biblical agenda.

Just because it looks like 'covenant' and quacks like 'covenant'....doesn't mean it's a biblical covenant! Bravo Allison.

[HT: Jeff Hutchinson]

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Bloggers beware....

I understand the antipathy many of my friends have towards the blogosphere.

Kim Riddlebarger recently made this point well, showing how the web instantly makes 'everybody a theologian'! I wonder if it's yet another variation of the 'every member is a minister' confusion that is well-intended but not always well-founded. There are a lot of people 'blogging' that simply don't know what they are talking about.

An even greater concern to me is the level of vitriol that often ensues when discussion/debate demonstrates two (or more) groups on the opposite side of the fence. And this is where the blogosphere (just as e-mail has been for the past decade) is a two-edged sword. It has a great potential of disseminating helpful information...but it disseminates a lot of vitriol of people that would be better off guarding their tongue. Indeed it can be a fire, a world of unrighteousness (James 3:6). Blogging is yet another extension of the tongue.

But I wonder sometimes if people would say in person the same things they write on their (and other) blogs. It's a worthy question to ask before you post anything to the public or respond on someone else's blog.

This is one reason why I rely so heavily on journals and books from established schools and publishers. I just don't have time for empty rhetoric with no substance. Just give me your Biblical, exegetical, theological or historical argument.....back it up with documentation....and leave all of the personal antidotes out!! That doesn't mean everything in journals is worth reading. But on the whole, it's a more productive use of my time.

Life is just too short to be wasted reading armchair theology.

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

So I finally did it....

About 10 days ago, I splurged on a new MacBook refurb (from the Apple store) for $800 plus change, after my iBook of 38 months developed some difficulties.

All I have to say is.....once you go Mac, you never go back! These things really are amazing.