Blog of the week goes out to Theological Perspective blog, the article is called Unpredictable God of Order:
Unpredictable God of Order
Over at Theological Perspective blog, the author challenges us with this question:
What shapes our concept of God? Are we willing to put our faith in a God who is bigger than our theological constructs, whom we allow to incarnate into our world, surprise us and be endlessly changed by him? Or do we settle for a hand-out, a tradition passed on to us?
The Canon Open in Theory
Michael Patton (from Parchment and Pen) argues that the Christian canon is atleast theoretically open:
In short, the argument that I am making is that the canon is closed only to the degree that God is no longer adding to it. But it is not closed in the sense that God cannot add to it were He to make an unforeseen movement in the history of revelation. The primary reason why we have not added anything to the canon in the last two-thousand years is simply because God has not used an authenticated apostle or prophet to speak His word and add to it in two-thousand years. Only in this sense is the canon “closed.”
Romans 9 Is Corporate in Focus
Bethyada (from Truth Paradigm) explores Romans 9 arguing that the reference to Jacob and Esau (and Moses and Pharaoh) should be understood as corporate, not individual:
By corporate, I mean the group perceived as a group. The use of singular and plural is not always reliable. When asking for a response from a group (say a call to vote in an election) one is addressing all the individuals, but each individual can respond or not respond as his chooses. When talking about a collective singular (say a nation or church) singular terms are used, but the context is corporate. As I previously distinguished a group is either a collection of individuals, or individuals who make up the group.
Gummin Sin by Billy Sunday
Trevin Wax (from Kingdom People) quotes Billy Sunday to the effect of:
“I’m against sin. I’ll kick it as long as I’ve got a foot, and I’ll fight it as long as I’ve got a fist. I’ll butt it as long as I’ve got a head. I’ll bite it as long as I’ve got a tooth. And when I’m old and fistless and footless and tootheless, I’ll gum it till I go home to Glory and it goes home to perdition!”
Embracing the Cross
Over at “In Christ Jesus” blog, the author chellenges our use of the cross today.
In the first-century the cross was a symbol of shame, punishment, torture, and execution. It certainly was not a means of “dressing up” nor a means to enhance one’s appearance. No one in Christ’s day would think of polishing up a cross with precious stones and selling it. Only after Christ was crucified did Christians begin to see it as an instrument of pride since it pointed to the Savior crucified.