Drinking Deeply

Tuesday, November 01, 2005 at 11:19 PM

Reading Deeply

Anytime I'm bored (or just lack a lot of time because I'm so busy) I have a habit of perusing through all the stuff that I've come across.

Here goes!

1) Pyromaniac has just finished up a series on pacifism, but now has an excellent series on spiritual warfare. How cool. Check it out: Intro. Part 1. Part 2. Part 3. Part 4.

2) Girltalk has an excellent post on joy in suffering.

3) Jollyblogger reflects on Reformation Day.

4) Read Hebrews. What an awe-inspiring (and yes, that's a proper use of that word) book.

Ch. 11 is particularly great, an excerpt (ESV)
13These all died in faith, not having received the things promised, but having seen them and greeted them from afar, and having acknowledged that they were strangers and exiles on the earth. 14For people who speak thus make it clear that they are seeking a homeland. 15If they had been thinking of that land from which they had gone out, they would have had opportunity to return. 16But as it is, they desire a better country, that is, a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared for them a city.

5) The materialistic problem with logic - As for content, I'd like to share a brief story of what happened in my first order logic class.

The prof had just given a brief presentation on what first order logic was (if then, therefore, a implies b so on so forth), and asked the question "Is first order logic any good?" Well of course, he was going to proceed to "what is it useful for?" but to mix us up he asked "well, is it prescriptive or descriptive?"


Then one kid speaks up "well, it's descriptive, but it should be prescriptive." Another person speaks up "well, it's descriptive, but if we assume it's prescriptive, then it is" and so on. The truth of the matter was that the leap from "this is what society does" to "this is what society should do" to them, was completely illogical. I nearly laughed. Without God, without our transcendent ultimate authority, without the infinite outside of this world, we cannot say anything about should, but yet all these kids, everyone wants to say should. People should reason properly, and when they don't, it's wrong. That's the fact of the matter, but they cannot defend it and thus live ... Rather, *chuckles* illogically. I was rather amused.

6) Featured blog - Monergism.com just put together a blog dealing with all things monergistic. Excellent posts all around (though I must say I still haven't made up my mind on common grace yet).


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Blogger Frank Martens said...

Hebrews is awesome, at Bible study last night we were talking about sin and how Christ covered all their sin. I made the point that most (if not all) of the major characters in the Old Testament saw their future salvation (Christ, I'm pretty sure all the ones justified saw it).

They asked for verses on that, not so much as proof as much as they want to see it cause they found it interesting.

Moving on...


Blogger Frank Martens said...

I have an excellent article for ya from John Piper  


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