This past week, I shared the following links on social media and I think they’re worth sharing here too:
“Literal” Bible Translations: Not As Literal As We Might Think
I’m reading through the Greek NT this year. As I’m doing it, I can’t help but notice a difference between reading it for yourself and translating it for others. Translation is much more challenging. You can super literal when reading for yourself, but when translating for others you want it polished and elegant.
Gary DeMar’s Heretical Eschatology
Gary DeMar is the president of American Vision and a prominent theonomist/Christian Reconstructionist. It seems that he’s been heading in a heretical direction for a long time when it comes to eschatology (the doctrine of the last things). Denying a future physical resurrection? Yep, that’s heresy.
MP Ed Fast wants to halt Canada’s runaway euthanasia train
Mark Penninga: “In a courageous move, Conservative Member of Parliament Ed Fast has introduced a private member’s bill to permanently halt the federal government’s effort to expand euthanasia to the mentally ill. “It is deeply concerning that this government appears to be moving from a culture of life to a culture of death,” he said to reporters on Parliament Hill.” Good!
High-Intensity Drinking: A Helpful Infographic. . .
High-Intensity drinking means drinking 8+ drinks in a row for women and 10+ drinks for men. It’s more common than you think — and very concerning.
A call to action: loving our Indigenous neighbors
When I was a missionary, I got to hear first-hand the stories of survivors of residential schools. The whole system was a massive injustice and a blight on Canada’s history. I’m thankful for this insightful piece by Dr. Mark Slomp.
FROM THE VAULT
Our Stance with the World: Anabaptist or Reformed?
“The question of how Christians are to relate to the unbelieving world (including unbelieving culture) is an ancient one. However, it’s always relevant. Every generation has to struggle with this question anew. I remember my own struggles with this question after becoming serious about the gospel and serving the Lord. As often happens, for a time I went to some extreme positions. I eventually came to realize that my views were more historically Anabaptist than Reformed. The historic Anabaptist stance with regard to the world is one of flight or complete separation. The Anabaptist view says that the world is evil, and therefore the church must have nothing to do with the world. The Reformed view, historically, has been one that recognizes the need for the church to be in the world and to engage the world. The idea of communities of faithful believers almost completely isolated from unbelievers is an aberration in Reformed thought and practice. It’s an idea that is typically Anabaptist, not Reformed.”