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Sermon: Luke 19:20-30 (November 17th, 2013)

The Sermon* (Luke 19:20-30) for the 25th Sunday after Trinity at Zion Lutheran Church in Lahoma, OK.

Sermon: Luke 19:20-30 (November 17th, 2013)

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*Text versions available at Pastor’s blog.

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A Link to the Post – Christian Zionism Debate

Earlier today Stephen Sizer and Michael Brown debated the subject of Christian Zionism from opposite sides.  These are two great representatives of their respective positions, and I only wish the debate had been longer and more in-depth, and it also would have been nice if they’d kept it from getting personal the couple of times it did.  Regardless, it might be worth the time of those who want a flash-in-the-pan view into this subject that Pastor and I have spent some covering lately.

A Link to the Post: Halloween

The “Halloween is pagan”/”only pagans observe Halloween” crowd is up to their annual hand-wringing antics again as we approach the end of the month.  Pastor Joseph Abrahamson put out a great article about the real story behind Halloween last year, and it’s not what the neo-pagans (or your wide-eyed neighbors) have told you.

Check it out here.

A Link to the Post: Flat Earth Christians and other Myths

flat-earthSecularists (and even some who call themselves Christians) accuse Christian creationism of being scientifically bankrupt and behind the times.  Often, there is an attempt to compare the  belief in creationism to flat-earth ideas, or earth-centered solar system beliefs of the past.  It is asserted that Christians are on the wrong side of scientific history in the area of creationism (rejecting evolution), just as [what is supposed to be] the entire Church historic believed in a flat earth (rejecting a round one) until Columbus proved them wrong.  And so on.

You get the idea.

Anyway, in this Link to the Post I’m putting up several articles from Creation.com on the truth of the history of the Church’s stances on these issues (and it’s not what your secularist neighbors told you!).

So, here is the first bit of each article and the link to it for your edification.

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Evolutionists often falsely accuse creationists of believing in a flat Earth. But neither history nor modern scholarship supports the claim that Christians ever widely believed that the Earth was flat. And the Bible doesn’t teach it.

Christianity has often been accused of opposing science and hindering technology throughout history by superstitious ignorance. However, a closer study of historical facts shows that this accusation is ill-founded.

– Who Invented the Flat Earth?

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Creationists are often accused (by Christians opposed to their view) of making the same mistake as the Roman Catholic Church did at the time of Galileo. Then, the institutional Church insisted that the Bible taught that the sun went around the earth. After it was shown by Galileo that the opposite was true, believers found that they could comfortably accommodate this new fact, without any problem to their belief in the Bible. However, the historical events surrounding Galileo should be a warning to theistic evolutionists and long-agers, not to the Genesis creation movement.

– The Galileo Twist

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This year is the bicentennial of the birth of Charles Darwin (1809–1882), and it’s no accident that assorted atheists are making sure that everyone knows that. But they have some competition from those wanting to name 2009 as the “International Year of Astronomy”, because it’s the quadricentennial of the first use of the telescope by Galileo Bonaiuti de’ Galilei (1564–1642), usually known by his first name only. Not to be outdone, the atheists have long used Galileo as a story of “science versus religion”. So what are the facts?

– Galileo Quadricentinneal

A Link to the Post: Cussing Characters

dougwilsThis is another post relating to the subject of profanity.  This is a 12 minute video where Doug Wilson answers the question of whether it’s appropriate to – as a writer – make use of cuss words and for what purposes.  The question takes a different angle than Thomas’ question to Pastor in episode 18 (i.e. a writer’s perspective, not a consumer’s as Thomas’ was), and the answer – which is perfectly in harmony with Pastor’s – is thus a different angle on the topic as well.

Cussing Characters

A Link to the Post: How do you translate σκυβαλον, anyway?

scubalonThis post is directly tied to Pastor and Thomas’ conversation in episode 18 about the proper translation of the Greek word “skubalon” used by the Apostle Paul in Philippians 3:8 (discussed in the broader context of the Christian approach to “cuss” words).  Among Christians, Daniel B. Wallace is considered one if the premier Greek and New Testament scholars of our time; he wrote an article on this subject some years back, and it seemed right to link to it here.

Word Study on Skubalon

For those who simply want to get the gist without reading Wallace’s entire article, I give you his conclusion:

In Phil 3:8, the best translation of skuvbala seems clearly to be from the [dung/excrement] definitions. The term conveys both revulsion and worthlessness in this context. In hellenistic Greek it seems to stand somewhere between “crap” and “s**t.” However, due to English sensibilities, and considering the readership (Christians), a softer term such as “dung” is most appropriate. The NET Bible, along with a few other translations, grasp the connotations here, while most modern translations only see the term as implying worthlessness. But Paul’s view of his former life is odious to him, as ours should be to us. The best translation, therefore, is one that picks up both worthlessness and revulsion, and probably a certain shock value.

A Link to the Post: The Obsolete Man

The-Obsolete-ManPresenting… “The Twilight Zone: The Obsolete Man“, as discussed on the most recent Count Joy episode.  It’s a great episode of a classic show that deals with… well, that would be telling.  Well worth watching!

A Link to the Post: An American Drubbing (addressing American exceptionalism)

Doug Wilson has some good words today on the issue of “American exceptionalism” – a phrase that has seen much play since Russian president Putin’s op ed last week.  It’s full of salient points like the following:

“The exceptional things we have (in truth) been given can be counted as blessings from the hand of the only true God, who requires us to name Him as the only source of any such blessings. The quite ordinary conceit we have displayed, sharing it with Ozymandias, is our refusal to do so. The longer we have gone on in this vein the more the sham has become apparent. Is America exceptional? Well, why don’t you ask one of the millions of Americans who were chopped up in little pieces in the womb because the ghouls on our highest Court found the right to such wickedness hiding under a penumbra? Is America exceptional? Well, the reply comes back from the dead child. ‘I really am not in a position to know . . .'”

An American Drubbing

Well worth the read in its entirety!

A Link to the Post: God as the Third Rail of Rock & Roll

Rock-and-RollYour hosts spoke early on (very briefly) about the fact that we both enjoy so-called “secular” pop/rock music more than the contemporary Christian counterpart.  Maybe someday we’ll expand on our personal reasons for that, but for now we wanted to pass on this short interview with Billy Corgan of the Smashing Pumpkins (as dealt with on Denny Burk’s blog), in which he admits that “God is the third rail in rock and roll.”  He even goes on to say, “I think God’s the great, unexplored territory in rock and roll music.”

It’s an interesting interview (“Christian rock” does get a mention), and Denny Burk makes some good points in his comments too.  You can watch/read it HERE.

A Link to the Post: Why the Early Church Didn’t Have the Prosperity Gospel

Here you have the comic we brought up during our Episode 12 program.  So true!

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A Link to the Post: The Myth of Neutrality

no_neutralityIf you listen to our most recent episode of the podcast (#11), you will hear me addressing the subject of the “Myth of Neutrality”.  What you will also hear is the reason why we normally try and record only one podcast episode per evening – namely the fact that my brain ends up giving me the raspberry and heading home without me sometime during the first segment of our second recording.  As a result, I find my answer during the “Inquisition” to barely be coherent.  But here’s where my self-consciousness means your gain: I’m doing this “Link to the Post” on the Myth of Neutrality, and providing you with some great resources to give you the scoop.

The first is a 49-minute lecture Dr. Greg Bahnsen did on the subject to a group of high-schoolers.  What this means is that the information presented is at a basic enough level for laymen (like myself) to understand; but don’t think for a minute it’s not challenging or worthwhile!

The Lecture

The second is a short article written on the subject by – as luck would have it – an atheist.  He doesn’t us the phrase, but he is very clear in denouncing the false objectivity of the secular left (and non-Christian materialists in general).  A must-read!

The Article

A Link to the Post: Granville Sharp Rule

the_granville_sharp_ruleThis is the Link to the Post promised in Episode 10 on the Granville Sharp rule.  The link below provides further information in 2 pasts, one for laymen and one that is more technical.

Granville Sharp rule

A Link to the Post: The Septuagint

septuagintIn the most recent episode of Count Joy, I (Thomas) mentioned the Septuagint in talking about 1st Peter 5:4 (cf. Septuagint reading of Exodus 34:29-30, and 2nd Corinthians 3:7-11).  Since some of our listeners might not know what the Septuagint is, and since it is very important to New Testament studies, I did some searching for a good introduction of it.  There’s not much of brevity about it online, unfortunately, but I did locate the following short article:

The Septuagint  (for a longer, more exhaustive treatment, see here)

A few thoughts of my own for those who just want the barest-bones:

  • The Septuagint is the Greek translation of the Hebrew Bible (which we call the Old Testament)
  • The name means “seventy” and is sometimes abbreviated as LXX.   This is because according to legend the initial round of translation (which was limited to the Pentateuch, the first 5 books of the Bible) was done by approximately 70 (or 72, or 75, accounts vary) Jewish scholars
  • It was done several centuries before Christ, and was the primary text for Greek-speaking Jews (called the “Diaspora” – the Dispersion) who by-and-large did not return to the land of Israel after being scattered by Babylon and often lost the ability to speak Hebrew (the same way most of the descendants of German immigrants to America do not speak the mother-tongue)
  • This would have been the version of the Scriptures read in the Greek-speaking synagogues (i.e. those in Rome, Galatia, Corinth, and those other places Paul wrote to and beyond)
  • I like to think of the Septuagint as the King James Bible of the ancient world: a translation into the common tongue that is pervasively used by the folk who do not speak (or read) the original language
  • Most of the New Testament (which was written in Greek) quotations of the Old Testament are taken from the Septuagint
  • Moreover, there are many allusions and partial quotations that the NT makes to the OT that are hard to pick up on for someone going from the Hebrew text, but appear as if under a black-light when being compared with the Septuagint (see this example on 1st Peter 3:15 – a text we recently covered on the show)

There’s obviously more depths to plumb on this topic, but I will leave those interested to the links above for now!

A Link to the Post: 10 Myths About Introverts

introvertBeing a couple of introverts ourselves, we wanted to do our part to spread awareness of the condition. 😉

10 Myths About Introverts

A Link to the Post: Your Boss Owes You a Paycheck, Not Fulfillment

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We’ve been dealing a lot with being accountable to those placed over us (leaders, pastors, bosses, parents, etc.) in recent podcasts.  Part of our ability to be accountable is often undermined by our feelings of being owed something that we feel we aren’t getting (whether or not we deserve it is irrelevant, since in our own minds we always do).  Here’s a good post setting forth the reality when it comes to employer/employee relationship.

Your Boss Owes You a Paycheck, Not Fulfillment