The internet gives a platform to anyone with an opinion. (This isn’t news.) There is no longer the filter of a publisher; money, or status isn’t necessary to be heard, and neither is coherence. While it’s tempting to bemoan this state of affairs, the better response is to realize the responsibility is now in your hands. The power is in your hands to literally find any side of any controversy, but that means you also carry the burden of filtering through the nonsense. It falls on you to recognize fallacy from logic, snake oil from cure, bias from fact. We can’t all be experts, scholars, and specialists, but we can all exercise tools of rationality to adjudicate between the testimony of various authorities on the ideas that matter. Don’t turn off your mind. Don’t let others think for you, and don’t let your desires numb your judgment.
The person armed with logic and humility toward the grace of God, is immune to both the chaos of information anarchy, and the tyranny of information totalitarianism.
Sermons and Bible studies tend to have a standard format: start with the scripture, end with the practical application. It seems a bible teacher is obligated to get through all the doctrine stuff fast, and get to the “meat,” the “point,” the important stuff: the ways it affects my life. Always looming over the teacher is the audience’s question: “why should I care?” Continue reading
This is the conclusion of our study of Paul’s answer to the question: How can we trust God’s promises to us, when Israel seems to be rejecting the gospel? Did God’s promise to them fail?
In Part 5, we saw the ultimate reason why God has not broken His promise to Israel: they will be restored. God caused them to stumble so that Gentiles can have unprecedented access to The Promise. God made a promise to Abraham that all the nations would be blessed in him, and that is fulfilled because they too can be saved by Christ. Gentiles benefit from Israel’s promise, and do so in large part because of Israel’s blindness to their own Messiah. Israel’s stumble is not for their ultimate doom, however. Some future day, Jesus the deliverer will take away their sin and restore them on a national scale. Continue reading
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We are continuing our study of Paul’s answer to the question: How can we trust God’s promises to us, when Israel seems to be rejecting the gospel? Did God’s promise to them fail?
In Part 4, we saw that while Israel as a nation is set aside in God’s program, individual Jews still need the gospel (“there is no distinction between Jew and Greek [with respect to the gospel message] for the same Lord over all is rich to all who call upon Him“). Also, God has not cast away Israel completely, because even now there are believing Israelites, including Paul himself: a remnant chosen by God’s grace (not because of works). Let’s now look at Paul’s final reason why God’s promise has not failed. Continue reading