Saturday, January 24, 2015

Ironlinks 1.24.2014

C. S. Lewis On The KJV | Mark Ward
“God did not generally inspire the apostles to choose an elevated form of Greek, so an elevated form of English is not a truly accurate translation of the New Testament. God spoke in the respectable language of the contemporary common man, and so should Bible translations.”
Supreme Court to Hear Marriage Challenge: How Should Christians Respond? | Andrew Walker
“What should we do in the meantime? Continue to assault the foundations of the Sexual Revolution, love your neighbor who may strongly disagree, build strong families, vote, get connected to a local church, worship weekly, and remember that Jesus, not Justice Kennedy, sits at the right hand of the Father. Remember also that a church in exile is never a church in retreat.”
A Hint of Thermidorian Reaction? | Carl Trueman
“This highlights an ongoing acrimonious debate over the status of transgender women which is dividing the feminist movement. It is also proof of the old saying: The revolution devours her own children.”
To Parents: Keep Reading Out Loud | Mark Bauerlein
“A child can understand words read aloud more easily than words in a book. A parent’s voice adds tone, cadence, volume, and other non-verbal markers of meaning, elements a child has to create on his own when he reads. This means that a child can understand a more advanced book with more sophisticated words and ideas if he hears it.”
How incest exposes the emptiness of “marriage equality” | Denny Burk
“This story about incest exposes the fact that consent alone is not enough to ground a sexual ethic. Nor is it sufficient to define who should be allowed to marry. It also shows that when proponents for ‘marriage equality’ say that any two people who love each other ought to have the right to marry, they don’t really mean it. The possibility of state-sanctioned incest proves that.”
Lost knowledge | Steve Hays
“So even though a modern reader finds the relationship between [Matthew and Luke’s] respective genealogies puzzling, that doesn’t mean one or both are wrong. Rather, that means we are missing something that was clear to Matthew, Luke, and the intended audience. A bit of inside knowledge that was lost over time.”
One of the Clearest (and Earliest) Summaries of Early Christian Beliefs | Michael Kruger
“This is a surprisingly thorough and wide-ranging summary of core Christian doctrines at a very early point in the life of the church.  And it was this form of Christianity that was publicly presented to the Emperor. Once again, we can see that core Christian beliefs were not latecomers that were invented in the fourth century (or later), but appear to have been in place from the very beginning.”
Are You High? High Court Ruling On Same-Sex Marriage Won’t End Debate | Mollie Hemingway
“But hoo boy is it going to be a surprise to the New York Times and its readers when they learn that there is a fundamental conflict between Americans about what marriage is, how it’s defined, what its limits are, and what its aims are. And we haven’t even gotten to the part where people start thinking deeply about the issue.”
The Prodigal and the Cross | Peter Leithart
“The Prodigal Son parable (Luke 15) has been a favorite of liberal theologians for a couple of centuries. It seems to be a parable designed for liberal sensibilities: An indulgent, accepting Father; forgiveness extended without a cross; a surly older brother who might represent the ‘conservative’ face of religion who demands reciprocity and fairness.”
9 Myths About Abortion Rights and Roe v. Wade | Kevin DeYoung
“The fact is that abortion was rare well into the nineteenth century. Almost all abortion methods before then were ineffective or potentially dangerous to the mother. True, unwanted children were still terminated, but this was done by killing newly born children. If abortion is to be considered a common practice throughout history, the method was infanticide or abandonment.”
A few thoughts about “American Sniper” | Denny Burk
“In other words, there really is good and evil in the world, and that fact comes out clearly in the movie. You end up loving Chris Kyle because he looked that evil in the face and charged toward it without flinching. He was an unabashed patriot.”

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