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Lately, I’ve been mulling over a theory that a lot of our struggles as the professing church with understanding a Scriptural approach to homosexuality, women’s role in church, slavery, etc. toggles on our understanding of how to mutually read Scripture and Culture. The latter would involve two dimensions – culture in the original context and culture today.

Colin Adams posts an excerpt from a DA Carson contribution to When God’s Voice is Heard where he details some of what he does to understanding current culture.

ht: Justin Taylor

Anyone have any book or article recommendations they’d like to make in comments about this general topic?

thanks.

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a wide margin TNIV

” As I stated in the update on the previous entry, I now feel that the comments made by a Zondervan rep to Peter Humphris about an IBS published wide margin TNIV were either incorrect (on the Zondervan rep’s part) or in reference to the Encountering Jesus New Testament. As it stands right now, neither Zondervan nor IBS have any definite plans for a a wide margin TNIV any time soon. “

Rick Mansfield clarifies his earlier comments.

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Lately, I’ve been mulling over a theory that a lot of our struggles as the professing church with understanding a Scriptural approach to homosexuality, women’s role in church, slavery, etc. toggles on our understanding of how to mutually read Scripture and Culture. The latter would involve two dimensions – culture in the original context and culture today.

Colin Adams posts an excerpt from a DA Carson contribution to When God’s Voice is Heard where he details some of what he does to understanding current culture.

ht: Justin Taylor

Anyone have any book or article recommendations they’d like to make in comments about this general topic?

thanks.

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I’ve added a link to a metapost for the “in the foxhole” series under “blarticles” in the sidebar. This collection of posts is a series I put up in February and March of 2005 as I was going through a very difficult period. During that time I was digging very deep to pull out whatever I could to help me get through it. The posts include:

Part 1 – Strength before Strength

Part 2 – Pain as Teacher

Part 3 – Waiting

Part 4 – Strength in Christ

Part 5 – Learned Optimism

Part 6 – Abide in the Vine

Part 7 – Practising His Presence

Part 8 – Avoiding a Monomaniacal Focus

Part 9 – Maintaining a Theocentric Mindset

Part 10 – Abide in the Vine Redux and Back to Theology

Some of these posts are kind of raw and not highly polished. I probably need to go back and shine them up, but perhaps they may be of some use to some.

Part 5 on Learned Optimism gets a lot of hits from folks doing searches on that topic and Martin Seligman and it’s a post I go back to a lot. I also frequently review the outline in Part 6 – Abide in the Vine, which is a brief writeup of a study I did some time ago on the koine greek word translated “abide” or “remain” in the Johannine literature of the New Testament.

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I changed my template yet again because I wanted to take advantage of blogger‘s new features now that they are out of beta. blogger kept posting a “hey, why don’t you upgrade” to my dashboard some time ago, but every time I tried to upgrade I received a message that emergesque was too large to update. But I kept trying from time to time.

Well, the last time I tried it worked. But I couldn’t fully use all the new features until I changed my template. And so I selected a blogger-issued template and upgraded fully.

I really like it!

They’ve simplified adding new elements to your template so that you don’t need to know quite as much about html as used to be necessary. For example, I use bloglines to manage my blogroll. And so to add my blogroll, in my dashboard I simply clicked “Add Page Element” in the right sidebar, selected the html option, and then cut and pasted the code for my blogroll that bloglines supplied me, and clicked save. Then I have the option to click and drag the elements on my sidebar to place them in the order in which I wish for them to appear.

And there seem to be other advantages. I did have a problem with the “Add New Page Element” button disappearing in Firefox, but I just switched to IE7 and it reappeared.

And from what I’m gathering, it’s far easier to switch templates now, though I’m going to do my best and try to keep this one for a while rather than subjecting emergesque readers to the constant flux of styles I’ve been causing them to suffer through the last few weeks.

So far, so good.

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I’ve added a link to a metapost for the “in the foxhole” series under “blarticles” in the sidebar. This collection of posts is a series I put up in February and March of 2005 as I was going through a very difficult period. During that time I was digging very deep to pull out whatever I could to help me get through it. The posts include:

Part 1 – Strength before Strength

Part 2 – Pain as Teacher

Part 3 – Waiting

Part 4 – Strength in Christ

Part 5 – Learned Optimism

Part 6 – Abide in the Vine

Part 7 – Practising His Presence

Part 8 – Avoiding a Monomaniacal Focus

Part 9 – Maintaining a Theocentric Mindset

Part 10 – Abide in the Vine Redux and Back to Theology

Some of these posts are kind of raw and not highly polished. I probably need to go back and shine them up, but perhaps they may be of some use to some.

Part 5 on Learned Optimism gets a lot of hits from folks doing searches on that topic and Martin Seligman and it’s a post I go back to a lot. I also frequently review the outline in Part 6 – Abide in the Vine, which is a brief writeup of a study I did some time ago on the koine greek word translated “abide” or “remain” in the Johannine literature of the New Testament.

Read Full Post »

I changed my template yet again because I wanted to take advantage of blogger‘s new features now that they are out of beta. blogger kept posting a “hey, why don’t you upgrade” to my dashboard some time ago, but every time I tried to upgrade I received a message that emergesque was too large to update. But I kept trying from time to time.

Well, the last time I tried it worked. But I couldn’t fully use all the new features until I changed my template. And so I selected a blogger-issued template and upgraded fully.

I really like it!

They’ve simplified adding new elements to your template so that you don’t need to know quite as much about html as used to be necessary. For example, I use bloglines to manage my blogroll. And so to add my blogroll, in my dashboard I simply clicked “Add Page Element” in the right sidebar, selected the html option, and then cut and pasted the code for my blogroll that bloglines supplied me, and clicked save. Then I have the option to click and drag the elements on my sidebar to place them in the order in which I wish for them to appear.

And there seem to be other advantages. I did have a problem with the “Add New Page Element” button disappearing in Firefox, but I just switched to IE7 and it reappeared.

And from what I’m gathering, it’s far easier to switch templates now, though I’m going to do my best and try to keep this one for a while rather than subjecting emergesque readers to the constant flux of styles I’ve been causing them to suffer through the last few weeks.

So far, so good.

Read Full Post »

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