Saturday, July 25, 2009
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Friday, July 17, 2009
Craig's zeal notwithstanding, his eccentricities coud be disconcerting. john Taylor, a well-known Virgina Baptit precher who also relocated to Kentucky, held the Craig family in high regaard but occasionally found himself embarrassed by Joseph's antics, beginning with their initial meeting. Taylor recalled preacing a candlelight meeting at the lower South River Church in Virginia. When the servie ended Joseph Craig ran up to him and exclaimed, 'Here is the ass's colt that myMaster rode to Jerusalem.' Craig may have meant that Taylor had done an exceelent job of 'conveying' Jesus to the people, but he never boteed to explain precisely what he meant. 'After this,' Taylor noted, 'Craig would introduce me to strangers as 'the ass col' without tellimg them my name.' Of course, Taylor also apprecited the methods Craig devised for baffling those who tried to arrest him whether it involved running through swamps, climbing trees to avoid bloodhounds, or pretending to be completely deranged.
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Jesus wants to save us form making the good news about another world and not this one.
Jesus wants to save us from preaching a gospel that is only about individual sand not about the systems that enslave them.
Jesus wants to save us from shrinking the gospel down to a transaction about the removal of sin and not about every single particle of creation being reconciled to its maker.
Jesus wants to save us from religiously sanctioned despaired, the kind that doesn't believe the world can be made better, the kind of that either blatantly or subtly teaches people to just be quiet and behave and wait for something big to happen 'someday.' (170)
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Monday, July 13, 2009
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Friday, July 3, 2009
Analyzing the homosexuality texts with the canons of cultural analysis has been an enlightening task. While some Christians advocate covenant/equal-status homosexuality as an appropriate expression for human relationships today, the results of this study would argue against such a position. The same canons of cultural analysis, which show a liberalizing or less restrictive tendency in the slavery and women texts relative to the original culture, demonstrate a more restrictive tendency in homosexuality texts relative to the original culture. Furthermore, the biblical texts not only hold an aversion to associative features (e.g., rape, pederasty), they appear to voice a concern about the more basic or core issue of same-gender sexual acts themselves . . . Once this factor is paired with finding a more restrictive movement within Scripture compared to the surrounding cultures, the covenant homosexual argument fails to be pesuasive. Virtually all of the criteria applicable to the issue suggest to varying degrees that the biblical prohibitions regarding homosexuality even within a covenant form, should be maintained today; There is no significant dissonance within the biblical data. (250)
Thursday, July 2, 2009
Crime is another phenomenon seen in entirely different terms by beoievers in the contrained and unconstrained visions. The underlying caues of crime have been a major preoccupation of those with an unconstrained vision of human nature. But those with the constrained vision generally do not look for any speical causes of crime, any more than they look for special causes of war. For those with the constrained vision, people commit crimes because they are people -- because they put their own interests or egos above the interests, feelings, or lives of others. Believers in the constrained vision emphasize social contrivances to prevent crime or punishment to deter it. But to the believer in the unconstrined vision, it is hard to understand how anyone would commit a terrible crime without some special cause at work, if only blindness. (157)