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Archive for February, 2012

It’s so important to have the Word of God be accurately and carefully handled.

Have you ever heard people teach in Bible Study, Sunday School, sermons or Children’s ministry that we should be like the widow who gave her all?

I use to teach like that–but here John MacArthur preaches one of the best sermon I’ve ever heard–and the point that Jesus makes about the widow giving her all might be shocking to you.

Watch it.  And enjoy.  Then be like Jesus, and have His heart against self-righteousness based religion or the prosperity gospel you often see on TBN.

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I’ve listened to these lectures and sermons the last 24 hours and I thought it was some good things concerning a Christian worldview touching on music, art, history and philosphy to stimulate one’s thinking about these matter.

1.) Satan Can’t sing: Martin Luther and Hymns by Al Mohler (one of my favorite Seminary presidents!)

2.) Artist as Propagandist— by Otto Scott, on the historical development of artists over the centuries.

3.) The New Reformation– by Otto Scott.

4.) The Victorian Enlightment– by Otto Scott, but the audio was cut short.

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1.) Apologetic Methodology in a Nut Shell– A short summary by Fred Butler, and explains the differences between Traditional Evidentialism

2.) Profile of a Hatetheist– By Robin Schumacher, a Biblical profile of an atheist.

3.) Covenantal Apologetics and the Doctrine of Scripture– Justin Taylor’s blog posted some youtube videos of Van Tillian apologist Scott Oliphint discussing this subject.

4.) Are the Laws of Logic Propositions?— James Anderson addresses this topic.

5.) Some Thoughts About the Impossibility of the Contrary— Chris Bolt’s thought on an important facet of Presuppositionalism.

6.) Science’s foundation needs the Christian worldview— A great repost!

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Speaks for itself.  Well done illustration.

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The Shepherd’s Conference sponsored by The Master Seminary and John MacArthur’s church (Grace Community Church) is having the annual Shepherd’s Conference!

Where: Grace Community Church, Sun Valley, California, USA

When: March 7-11, 2012

Cost: $300

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

8:00 am Registration
10:00 am General Session 1 – John MacArthur
11:30 am Lunch*
1:30 pm Seminar Session 1 Details
2:45 pm Break
3:15 pm General Session 2 – Tom Pennington
4:30 pm Dinner Break
7:00 pm General Session 3 – John MacArthur

Thursday, March 8, 2012

9:00 am General Session 4 – Voddie Baucham
10:15 am Break
10:45 am General Session 5 – John MacArthur Q&A
Noon Lunch*
2:00 pm Seminar Session 2 Details
3:15 pm Break
3:45 pm Seminar Session 3

Grace Advance
Who we are and where we are going
Lance Quinn
Rich Gregory

J270
Little Caesars
Responding biblically to civil government
Jonathan Rourke
Chapel
Ancient Truth for Next Week’s Message
Bridging the gap between exegesis and exposition
Scott Ardavanis
J360
Hell Under Fire
A biblical critique of annihilationism
Matt Waymeyer
Family Center
We Don’t Practice Medicine!
Examining the relationship between biblical counseling and possible physical illness
Carey Hardy
J370
Troubleshooting Life
Handling crises God’s way
John Street
J72 (basement)
Charles Spurgeon
The evangelistic zeal of a nineteenth-century Calvinist
Steve Lawson
Worship Center
El Pastor y su Vida Personal
Spanish Track
David Robles
G230
Details
5:00 pm Dinner Break
7:00 pm General Session 6 – Al Mohler

Friday, March 9, 2012

9:00 am General Session 7 – Phil Johnson
10:15 am Break
10:45 am Seminar Session 4

The Way(s) of the Master
Why evangelism should not be one size fits all
Jesse Johnson
J370
Exemplary Spiritual Leadership
Developing leaders from raw material
Jerry Wragg
Family Center
Hanging on Every Word
Biblical preaching that captivates and transforms
Jack Hughes
Chapel
Still Written in Stone?
The Christian’s relationship to the Mosaic law
Dick Mayhue
J360
Freedom Bound
Counseling those with life-dominating sins
Bill Shannon
J270
Faith of our Fathers
Do we have the same gospel as the early church?
Nathan Busenitz
Worship Center
I Can’t Find Dating In My Bible
How to guide our singles through the fog of romantic relationships
Austin Duncan
J72 (Basement)
Growing in Grace
How to cultivate a gospel-centered children’s ministry
Rich Harasick
Choir Room
El Pastor y sus Finanzas
Spanish Track
Fernando Jaimes
G230
Details
Noon Lunch*
2:00 pm General Session 8 – Steve Lawson
4:00 pm Dinner Break
7:00 pm General Session 9 – John MacArthur

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Local Attractions & Activities
7:00 pm Acts – The 3-Man Show (learn more)

Sunday, March 11, 2012

8:30 am
10:30 am
The Lord’s Day at Grace Community Church
2:30 pm Vesper Communion Service

*Complimentary meal served in the main parking lot, weather permitting.

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GO TO PART IX

I. Identifying other Hebrew Wisdom literature

a. There are other Hebrew Wisdom literatures in the Bible besides Proverbs (Session Nine).

b. Remember that Hebrew Wisdom are concern with[1]:

i. Divine reward of good and punishment for evil

ii. Living responsibly or recklessly

iii. Knowing the truth of God’s creation

iv.Good citizenship.

c. Other books of Hebrew Wisdom Literature in the Canon of Scripture include:

i. Job

ii. Ecclesiastes

iii. Song of Solomon

d. Importance of the fear of the LORD in Non-Proverbial Wisdom literature

i. “The concept of the fear of the LORD infused Hebrew wisdom tradition with religious and ethical dimension as well, distinguishing it to some degree from its ancient Near Eastern counterparts.”[2]

ii. Where the concept of the fear of the LORD as the beginning of wisdom is reaffirmed:

1. Job 28:28

2. Psalm 111:10

3. Ecclesiastes 12:13

e. Hebrew Wisdom can invite readers to be extra reflective of what is written

i. Unlike the direct forwardness of Proverbs, Non-Proverbial wisdom literature can be more indirect in getting the message across.

ii. It can get more illustrative in describing something than straight forward propositions.

iii. Example: Song of Solomon describes a relationship between lovers instead of just saying, “Lovers should be in love with one another”.

f. Non-Proverbial Wisdom literature can also deal with ultimate foundational issues of meaning and life.

i. In other words, Non-Proverbial Wisdom literature can be quite “philosophical”.

ii. Example: Ecclessiates discusses about the vanities of life.

II. Principles in interpretation

a. Remember that the Fear of the LORD is foundational in Non-Proverbial wisdom literature.

i. The fear of the Lord is what keeps the “shrewdness of Proverbs from slipping into mere self interest, the perplexity of Job from mutiny, and the disillusion of Ecclesiastes from final despair.”[3]

b. Sometimes Non-Proverbial wisdom literatures require extra care of the greater context of the book in interpretation.

i. It is especially obvious of the danger of quoting verses in such literature without the context to teach something that the verse or the entire Bible really does not teach.

ii. It is important that one interpret a verse in light of the development of the thought progressing throughout the bo

iii. Example: Was Job’s friends correct in their assessment of Job?  Has it been revealed in the book what God thought about the perspectives offered by Job’s friends?

c. Expect disturbing propositions to be brought up, but not necessarily endorsed.

i. Since Hebrew Wisdom literature does deal with deal with ultimate foundational issues of meaning and life, and Hebrew Wisdom literature are creatively written to be thought-provoking, expect disturbing propositions to be brought up.

ii. There exists the literary device of counter-wisdom or anti-wisdom wisdom, where the “use of tension is the real genius of speculative or discussion wisdom”[4]

iii. Are all ideas raised necessarily endorsed by the author as the right view?  Remember to see the entirety of the book, and how it flows!

d. Pay attention to repetition

i. What is repeated again and again does have some importance.

ii. The question to ask about Song of Solomon and Ecclesiastes would be: What is the repeating theme in these two books?


[1] Donald K. Berry, An Introduction to Wisdom And Poetry Of the Old Testament, (Nashville: Broadman And Holman Publishers), 4.

[2] Andrew E. Hill, “Non-Proverbial Wisdom” Cracking Old Testament Codes, (Grand Rapids: Baker Book House Company), 256.

[3] Derek Kidner, An Introduction to Wisdom Literature: The Wisdom of Proverbs, Job and Ecclesiastes, (Downers Grove, Illinois: Intervarsity Press), 17.

[4] Andrew E. Hill, “Non-Proverbial Wisdom” Cracking Old Testament Codes, (Grand Rapids: Baker Book House Company), 271.


GO TO PART XI

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