Daily Miscellany for Friday, August 1, 2014

To preach and teach is to proclaim and explain, to propound and expound.  That is, preaching is declaring, and teaching is explaining what you have declared.  The apostles preached and taught.

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Sometimes we can only find what the apostles declare and we wish they were here to explain it.  In their place, we have been given the Holy Spirit.  Since He is the one who inspired them to speak in the first place, He’s the perfect one to help us understand (2 Timothy 2:).

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The essential claim of ancient Israel was that they were the people of the God.  We whose hearts have been won by Jesus Christ would enthusiastically support that claim!

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Matthew 6:1 speaks of practicing righteousness; John 3:21 speaks of practicing the truth.  They lead to the same outcome because righteousness and truth are flip sides of the same coin.  Righteousness is what we ought to do, and truth is what is.

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1 Corinthians 6:9-10 and Galatians 5:19-21 describe the sort of attitudes and behaviors that block our access to the kingdom of God.  2 Peter 1:5-11 describes the sort of attitudes and behaviors that allow our access to the kingdom of God.

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The phrase “holding to a form of godliness although they have denied its power” comes at the end of a long list of negative characteristics in 2 Timothy 3:2-5.  It’s an apt description of 21st-century churchgoing.

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 Jesus of Nazareth redefined what it meant to be a Jew.  Previously, it depended on being able to trace one’s heredity to Abraham, Issac, and Jacob.  In the wake of Jesus, it depended on attitudes of the heart (Romans 2:28-29).

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What is Marriage? by Ryan Anderson

The link at the bottom will take you to a paper upon which Ryan Anderson’s What Is Marriage? talk for the Stanford Anscombe Society was based.

Here’s an abstract of the paper:

Marriage is based on the truth that men and women are complementary, the biological fact that reproduction depends on a man and a woman, and the reality that children need a mother and a father. Redefining marriage does not simply expand the existing understanding of marriage; it rejects these truths. Marriage is society’s least restrictive means of ensuring the well-being of children. By encouraging the norms of marriage—monogamy, sexual exclusivity, and permanence—the state strengthens civil society and reduces its own role. The future of this country depends on the future of marriage. The future of marriage depends on citizens understanding what it is and why it matters and demanding that government policies support, not undermine, true marriage.

Let me repeat a sentence from this abstract:

The future of this country depends on the future of marriage.

I have the sense that very few of our country’s leaders – much less people in the population at large – understand this.  Nevertheless, it is profoundly true.  And it is a truth working against us at this moment.

(28 min read; 6,891 words)

What is Marriage? The Future of Marriage.

WR017 – Week in Review – for the week ending August 1, 2014

(This podcast is available through a browser, or through the “Mike Gantt” app which is a free download in the iOS and Android app stores, or as a podcast downloadable through iTunes or Stitcher.)

Hi, I’m Mike Gantt and this is my week in review for the week ending Friday, August 1, 2014.  The purpose of this podcast is to review all that I have published in the previous week through my blogs, my podcasts, other social media such as Twitter, and, sometimes, even my comments on the blogs of other people.

To paraphrase Paul from Philippians 3:1, “To say the same things again is no trouble for me, and it is a safeguard for you.”  Moreover, Hebrews 2:1 says that “we must pay much closer attention to what we have heard, lest we drift away from it.” That is, there’s a tendency to forget what we’ve learned unless we review it. And in several places in the Gospels, including Matthew 13:12, Jesus said, “Whoever has, to him shall more be given, and he will have an abundance; but whoever does not have, even what he has shall be taken away from him.” Thus, reviewing what we’ve learned not only helps us to retain it, it’s also the way we learn new things from God. “Out of the old comes something new, and out of both come all things true – at least when it comes to the things of God.”  Let’s therefore now go over the things we’ve heard in the last week and see how much we have retained, how much we can retain, and how much more we’re able to gain.

Introduction:  (begins at 00:00)

Segment 1: Review of A Scriptural Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom and Bible Notes for “A Scriptural Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom”  (begins at 3:17)

Segment 2: Review of the Scriptural Christianity podcast and the Scriptural Literacy podcast (begins at 18:30)

Segment 3: Review of A Bible Reader’s Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom  (begins at 43:17)

Segment 4: Review of Current Events in Light of the Kingdom of GodReference Shelf for the Kingdom of God, my NewsletterTwitter and other social media (begins at 1:01:24)

Total time elapsed is 1:15:04

 Unless otherwise noted, all scripture references are to the New American Standard Bible (NASB).