The real Mrs. Binoculars stands up

April 15th, 2009

It seems that the true identity of the woman in the binoculars header on Ministry Watchman has finally been revealed. Unfortunately for Matt Chancey and his asture research team, it is not Jennifer Epstein. Check out Grace Indelible for all the details and links to the unedited photo. It is now apparent that the central reason for Chancey’s political hit site has been totally destroyed. Mrs. Binocular

Joe Taylor’s book is now available

April 14th, 2009

Joe Taylor’s book, Fossil, Facts and Fantasies is has returned. Visit http://www.helpjoetaylor.com/joe-taylors-book-back-in-print.html for more details.

Irony of Behemoth Proportions?

April 13th, 2009

I found the following excerpt on Behemoth.com, Vision Forum’s movie download site. See if you can spot the irony in regards to Joe Taylor’s dealing with Doug Phillips and Taylor’s attempt to use Peacemakers with Phillips:

VFI believes that the Bible teaches people to make every effort to live at peace and to resolve disputes with each other in private or within the Christian church (see Matthew 18:15-20; 1 Corinthians 6:1-8). Therefore, as a condition of this purchase, you agree that any claim or dispute you may have with VFI, its licensors and/or content providers arising from or related to this agreement and/or your purchase shall be settled by Biblically-based mediation and, if necessary, legally binding arbitration in accordance with the Rules of Procedure for Christian Conciliation of the Institute for Christian Conciliation, a division of Peacemaker© Ministries (complete text of the Rules is available at www.Peacemaker.net). Judgment upon an arbitration decision may be entered in any court otherwise having jurisdiction. You understand that these methods shall be the sole remedy for any controversy or claim you might have arising out of this agreement and you expressly waive your right to file a lawsuit in any civil court against VFI, its licensors, and its content providers, except to enforce an arbitration decision.

source : http://behemoth.com/help/termsofsale/

Does Proof-Texting sideline the Bible?

October 14th, 2008

Editor’s Note: I am glad to be able to share with my readers various writings from Robert Higginson, a dear brother from Britain. Robert was a frequent commenter when Slice of Laodicea allowed comments where he always provided insight and wisdom. I pray that these words are a blessings to all.

Since I made the suggestion that at least one well-known figure in 21st century Christianity has sidelined Scripture, perhaps some comment on proof-texting is required.

The proper place of proof-texting is to point to the source of some fact which has previously been learned from the Bible. In effect, the statement of the fact is only a re-statement of what the Bible says, and the re-statement is to put the fact in a form which suits the subject in hand. The first key thing is that the fact has been learned from studying the Bible, and ensuring that the fact is consistent with what the Bible has to say in more than one place. The second key thing is that any proof-text supports the statement more strongly when the verse is studied in a number of translations and in the original language; supports it more strongly when studied in its own context; and supports it more strongly when compared with other verses which relate to the same subject. If any of these factors are missing, the proof-text may become a pretext for something which may not be true to Scripture.

Implicit in this is the attitude that the Bible is the Word of God, and should be handled with respect. If it is truly God’s word to us, then its authority is not that of any human author, but that of God Himself. If we begin by questioning the authority of the Bible, and suggest that it is (at least in part) of human origin and subject to human limitations of truth and accuracy, we will at some stage find proof-texts to support a statement which is not true to the Bible.

The suggestion that this can lead to sidelining the Bible was made in the context of debate about Rick Warren, both in the magazine “MET-Connexions” and also on Crosstalk America. (http://www.met-uk.org/met/index.php , letter in the Spring 2008 issue, and www.crosstalkamerica.com for 02 June 2008.) I did not question Warren’s motivation to bring as many as possible to a knowledge of Jesus Christ. But it seems that he has allowed zeal for this to bring in management methods which detract from the Gospel.

In his book “The Purpose Driven Life”, Warren refers to hundreds of Bible verses. This is good. But the question of sidelining the Bible arises from this. The verses are used as proof-texts, commonly to support a statement, rather than to uncover what the Bible has to say. Some writers have found TPDL to be a statement of the humanistic management methods of the late Peter Drucker and others, which is presented in the form of a Bible study. As such, the proof-texts have the effect of sidelining the Bible by removing it from its proper place as the source of the information.

Consider one example of Warren’s case for the “40 days of purpose” concept. It is claimed that the ministry of Jesus was transformed by his 40 days in the wilderness. The proof-text for this is Luke 4:14, “And Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit into Galilee: and there went out a fame of him into all the region round about.” But Matthew (4:12) and Mark (1:14) make it clear that this was after John was put in prison (Luke 3:20). The time delay is not given, but a reasonable suggestion is 6 months, which would give suitable time to recover physically from a 6 week fast. Further, it is clear from reading all 4 Gospels, including Luke who is used by Warren for the proof text, that Jesus did not have any public ministry before. this. But there was a 30 year preparation, including a time of testing immediately after Jesus was baptised. When we look closely at this proof text, it does not support Warren’s claim, but it is consistent with the classical interpretation of the 40 days as testing, probation and judgement.

We also find that Warren uses a variety of paraphrases which go beyond merely removing archaic vocabulary. All too often, the meaning is different from a literal translation, and reference to the original language reveals that the text does not support the meaning Warren claims by his use as a proof-text. Analysis of TPDL, which anyone can do, is the basis of my suggestion that proof-texting can side-line the Bible.

Copyright 2008 RJ Higginson. All Rights Reserved. Redistribution is allowed as long as it not for profit and unedited.

Only for a season

September 30th, 2008

A few days ago I was desperately trying to get dinner on the table. I knew our chicken probably couldn’t stand any more time in the fridge. I had Sarah in the highchair playing with toys and Abigail in the kitchen helper. I was finishing up the dishes and about to get started on dinner when Abigail decided she didn’t have anything to do and Sarah decided she was bored with her toys. Sarah started wailing and Abigail climbed down, lifting up her arms and calling to be held.

I sighed a very deep sigh. Read the rest of this entry »

Newton’s First Law

September 23rd, 2008

I recently discovered something about my marriage. My husband and I hold pretty much the same values and share the same faith and have many of the same tastes and preferences. However, we have very different personalities.

I have realized that my husband and I are living examples of Newton’s first law of physics. You know the one: an object at rest tends to stay at rest and an object in motion tends to stay in motion unless acted upon by an unbalanced force. Read the rest of this entry »

Thank you God for the hardships

September 22nd, 2008

I’ve missed my blog. I’ve missed writing.

I am such a torrent of emotions. I don’t know where to start. I know my journal is not private. Do I guard my words or do I release my heart? Would it help or hurt others and me? Read the rest of this entry »

Manna

September 4th, 2008

Today at lunch Abigail snubbed the lettuce wrap I served her. She’s eaten it before and really enjoyed it; it simply wasn’t what she wanted today. She’s been doing that a lot lately, it’s probably a way of exercising her independence. I occasionally will try to figure out what she wants and give it to her, but today I had made lettuce wraps and didn’t want to make anything else.

It reminded me of the Israelites in the wilderness who complained about the manna from heaven. Like Abigail, the Israelites were completely dependent upon someone else for their food. God, in his grace and love provided good food for them, manna. Like Abigail, they were not satisfied, they complained bitterly, they wanted something else, they cried for meat. Read the rest of this entry »

Prayers for our Children

September 3rd, 2008

I wrote this Monday night, after we learned we may have miscarried, but before we we certain. When I wrote it I was highly doubtful that my pregnancy test would come back positive, but it did. I decided to leave it as is:

After last week I felt compelled to pray for any of our children that I may not yet know. I prayed that if we had children in this world somewhere already that the Lord would be with them. I prayed that they not feel lonely; I asked that they not suffer or hurt too much in this world without us. I had no idea how real those prayers would come to be to me so quickly. Read the rest of this entry »

Lost and Discovered

September 3rd, 2008

I just learned I had a miscarraige on Monday.

We weren’t sure, so I had my midwife do a blood pregnancy test to look for any traces of hormone that might still be in my system. If the results came back negative, we wouldn’t ever know for sure. They came back positive. Read the rest of this entry »