Brothers in Arms

“We are all brothers under the skin – and I, for one, would be willing to skin humanity to prove it.” -Ayn Rand

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Quote of the Day

To put it simply, the ascension means that the Christian community will always be a worshiping and witnessing community, with Jesus as the object of marvelous adoration and the subject of missionary action.” –Michael F. Bird, Evangelical Theology

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How the New Living Translation Bible Surprised Me

On occassion I would look to BibleGateway for the Scripture I’m about to post to my FaceBook account.  The New Living Translation (NLT) was the last Bible translation I last used, so it was still the “preferred”one.  The Holman Christian Standard Bible was the version I had in mind

But the Scripture passage I had in mind, Exodus 3:14-15, I didn’t think the NLT would capture the text the way I wanted it.  I was looking for the tetragrammaton (YHWH) to be rendered “Yahweh” (so the Holman Christian Standard Bible was my first choice).  However, I decided to see how the NLT rendered the passage, and it surprised me.

14 God replied to Moses, “I am who i am. Say this to the people of Israel: I am has sent me to you.” 15 God also said to Moses, “Say this to the people of Israel: Yahweh, the God of your ancestors—the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob—has sent me to you.

This is my eternal name,
my name to remember for all generations. (emphasis added)

The New Living Translation of the Bible was updated again last year, 2013. See: Holy Bible. New Living Translation copyright© 1996, 2004, 2007, 2013 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.

And now with the 2007 and 2013 updates, it’s becoming something of a median type translation, closer to an NIV, while keeping that dynamic edge to it.

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Is the Catholic Church ‘Evolving’ on Gay Marriage?

Pope Francis Meets President of Panama Juan Carlos VarelaLast week New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan gave his okay to the St. Patrick Day Parade Committee’s decision to allow a gay group to march in the 2015 parade under their own banner. This was a remarkable shift from one of Dolan’s predecessors Cardinal John O’Connor who in 1993 declared that to allow a gay group to march in the parade would be a slander to the Apostle’s Creed.

This closes a remarkable summer in which a number of high-ranking Catholic prelates have signaled that Pope Francis’s more open posture on gay issues has permeated through the Catholic world. In May, a top-ranking Italian bishop said that the Church should be more open to arguments in support of same-sex marriage. And just a few weeks ago, one of Pope Francis’s closest friends Brazilian Cardinal Cláudio Hummes said in an interview that he “didn’t know” whether Jesus would oppose gay marriage.

All of this comes as the Catholic Church prepares for October’s Synod on the Family. This blockbuster event will bring bishops from around the world to Rome to discuss among other things, how the Church should change its pastoral practices towards those in same-sex relationships.  more…

After reading the article in its entirety, there has been some ‘evolving’ for sure, considering the tone of some of the current Pope’s predecessors.

Now, what I’m interested in is this: if the Catholic Church were to go all the way and recognized same-sex marriages, where would that leave a conservative denomination like the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC)?

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On the Resurrection of Christ

In proclaiming the resurrection of Christ, the apostles proclaimed also the resurrection of mankind in Christ; and in proclaiming the resurrection of mankind, they proclaimed the renewal of all creation with him.  The resurrection of Christ in isolation from mankind would not be a gospel message.  The resurrection of mankind apart from creation would be a gospel of sort, but of a purely Gnostic and world-denying sort, which is far from the gospel that the apostles actually preached.” –Oliver O’Donovan, quoted in Michael F. Bird’s Evangelical Theology

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