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President Reagan’s Faith, Interaction with Dr. Albert Mohler, Brief Comments on Justice

Started off expressing thanks for the recently discovered letter President Ronald Reagan sent to his father-in-law shortly before his father-in-law’s death in which Reagan gave a clear call to faith in Jesus as the only way of salvation. Then I moved to interact with and respond to some of the comments made by Dr. Albert Mohler of The Southern Seminary in the Q&A chapel from last week, focusing specifically upon the comment related to why he has not signed the statement despite saying that he agrees with major portions of it.  I had the video all cued up but never ended up playing anything as I kept moving from point to point (having listened to it multiple times) in providing background until I had pretty well covered everything.  Also included a section of commentary on the injustice of lodging 30+ year old allegations of misconduct and how the current cultural moment attempts to bring cosmic justice into our present reality (an impossibility).

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China’s Totalitarianism, Union Theological Seminary Invites You to Apostacy, 1 Timothy 6

Yes, I know, I said open phones, but I forgot to address the developments in China yesterday even though it was the first thing on my list. And then I ran across Union Theological Seminary’s invitation to apostasy, and I really needed to work through that as well.  Read a little bit from a Brannon Howse show that will make your head spin, then took about 20 minutes to look at 1 Timothy 6 and the issue of slaves and slave owners in the early church.

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9/11, Accreditation, Social Justice, Jemar Tisby

Covered a wide variety of things today from the 9-11 remembrances to the use of accreditation to crush Christian education in the West to various discussions of the social justice issue from a number of specifics (especially from articles by Douglas Wilson and Samuel Sey).  Finished up looking at Jemar Tisby’s article wherein he exhorts people to “avoid” people like me.

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A Response to Union Theological Seminary and Pastor Ryan King from London on the Social Justice and the Gospel Statement

Wanted to get a second program in this week as I leave tomorrow for ministry in Florida (including the debate on homosexuality).  Was going to open the phones but instead ended up responding to two articles in rebuttal to the Statement, first from Union Theological Seminary, the second from a Reformed Baptist pastor in London, pastor Ryan Burton King.  Hopefully helpful clarifications in the ongoing discussion.

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Michael Kruger on Whether It Is a Waste of Time to Learn Biblical Languages . . .

A few weeks ago, a new crop of seminary students began the grueling month-long experience of Summer Greek. And, like all seminary students before them, they will begin to ask the question of why studying these ancient languages even matters. After all, a few years after graduation all will be forgotten. In the midst of a busy pastoral life, who could possibly maintain proficiency in the languages? READ MORE...

I would like to add something to this topic. I am frequently asked which beginning Greek grammar should I begin with. I actually first recommend a primer on modern linguistics before they take biblical languages. Morphology and syntax are needed of course to learn Hebrew and Greek, but I would rather have a pastor or seminary student read this one book first before they study a written language such as Koine Greek:

God, Language, and Scripture: Reading the Bible in the Light of General Linguistics. by Moises Silva.

This book is an antidote for the most common interpretive biblical fallacy: maximalism. Silva’s book will reinforce that you should not interpret a morpheme, word, phrase, clause, sentence, or even a paragraph in isolation. Rather, one should interpret in light of a discourse. Most people know this, but most people do not do this. Fundamental modern linguistic principles is what every student and pastor needs to grasp in order to avoid omnipresent fallacies and thus capture God’s message in a deeper accurate way.

In a forthcoming volume, I contributed a chapter responding to the fallacy of linguistic maximalism entitled: “James Barr on the ‘Illegitimate Totality Transfer’ Word-Concept Fallacy.” I wrote:

Moisés Silva makes this point from his own experience:

“In my own preaching during the past twenty-five years, explicit references to Greek and Hebrew have become less and less frequent. But that hardly means I have paid less attention to the languages or that they have become less significant in my work of interpretation. Quite the contrary. It’s just that coming up with those rich ‘exegetical nuggets’ is not necessarily where the real, substantial payoff lies.”[1]

Here is a lesson for pastors, that seasoned language reflection is typically behind the scene in sermon prep, supporting the message. Scattered “golden nuggets” may preach well, but are not well preached.

[1] Silva, God, Language, and Scripture, 144.

The beginning Greek grammars I recommend are those that are not stuck in 19th century German philology (and they are still out there!); rather, I recommend those that have incorporated modern linguist theory into Koine Greek grammar.