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Drawing the Lines: Matt Walsh, Serene Jones, Ron Underwood

Did a live DL from London (Westminster) today via Zoom (worked really well!) discussing how we “draw the lines,” using three examples to provide us with some perspective for this challenging discussion.  We looked at Matt Walsh, Roman Catholic, who was interviewed on the CrossPolitic program last week.  Then we looked at Serene Jones, head of Union Theological Seminary, and comments she made in a recent NYT article.  Then we looked at comments made directly to me and about me by Ron Underwood, a Denver area resident who, I think, would find John Calvin insufficiently Calvinistic.  How do we know what is definitional of the faith?  What about inconsistencies?  Traditions?  Are Arminians all lost and going to hell?  Are Calvinists going to hell if they are not sufficiently hard-nosed about it?  What about Rome?  Lots of things to think about today from London!

Here is the YouTube link:
Live Video Stream
The Dividing Line is on YouTube video. Our YouTube channel also provides videos of most of the debates that Dr. White has done over the years. Take some time and browse it to see if there is something there of interest to you. If you are looking for the next upcoming show be sure to subscribe to the blog as we post show announcements the morning of the show.

“Those Who Hate Me Love Death.” —Godly Wisdom

The news is filled with stories of the world expressing its hatred toward the faith and its express intention to take away the liberties and freedoms of anyone who will not bow the knee to Caesar (in our day, celebrate homosexuality, profane marriage, admit that women are men and men are women, abuse children, and, of course, murder children in the womb). This is our culture’s way of demanding that pinch of incense upon the altar. This is our “mark of the beast,” to be sure: obsequious obedience to Caesar’s moral rebellion against God’s law.

It is easy to become angry, and bitter. But we must remember: the world’s hatred of God’s law, resulting in their hatred toward we who represent that law (as we live in submission to the Lordship of Christ), is truly nothing more than the hatred of the rebel creature against the sovereign Creator. The wisdom writer said it long ago:

Whoever finds me finds life, and obtains favor from Yahweh;
But the one who fails to find me destroys himself;
All who hate me love death.
(Proverbs 8:35-36)

Were it not for the grace of God, we too would be vomiting forth our hatred of His ways to our own destruction. Always remember you have been graciously rescued before your righteous indignation carries you across the line into sin.

The Gospels Reading Plan for 2019

It is about that time of the year when we are introduced to creative ways to read our Bible for the next calendar year. Did you do it this year?

This is my eleventh year encouraging others to take each day of the year to read and reflect on a single unit in the Gospels. Did you know there are about 365 units in the Gospels? In the past, I cited five good reasons to own a Gospel Synopsis. The fifth reason is:

“Read a synopsis in one year by reading one pericope [a gospel unit] every day. By coincidence, the synopsis contains 367 pericopes. That is, all four Gospels combined contain 367 units.

Get the following edition so you are ready to go: Synopsis of the Four Gospels



Dr. Mason’s The Woke Church’s Misrepresentation, Open Phones

Started off with a rebuttal of the misrepresentation published by Dr. Eric Mason in his new book (endorsed by many Reformed leaders) regarding yours truly and the May 11th meme I posted that insists that there is no room for “black spaces” or “white spaces” at the Lord’s Table, but only room for a singular focus upon Christ. This led to Mason calling for an “ecumenical council” to deal with “heretics” like…me. Then we went to the phones with all sorts of great calls on election, Israel, and one from Hasan about Mark 13:32 in reference to Islam. Covered a lot of ground! Hope it is helpful!

I forgot to mention that we have something exciting coming up next week! Yes indeed, yesterday a friend on Twitter posted a picture of a…Coogi shoe! Yes, a gloriously colorful shoe from Coogi. I promised to wear it and show it off on the DL if someone sent me a pair, so some folks made it happen and they are on the way! Get ready to turn down your monitor when I show off those babies! The really funny thing is that I recognized them as soon as I saw them because I had put them on my Amazon wishlist back in August, sort of on a lark, more to keep the link than anything else. I had forgotten that, but when I opened up my list there they were, sitting right above that item we all have on our wish lists that we know we will never get, but daydream about regularly (geek that I am, that item for me is a 12-inch Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope!). So be prepared to oooh and ahhh next week….though something tells me Rich might find a way to have a sudden “technical difficulty” with the cameras right at the point of the great reveal!  He’s an avowed anti-Coogi-ite.

Here is the YouTube link:
Live Video Stream
The Dividing Line is on YouTube video. Our YouTube channel also provides videos of most of the debates that Dr. White has done over the years. Take some time and browse it to see if there is something there of interest to you. If you are looking for the next upcoming show be sure to subscribe to the blog as we post show announcements the morning of the show.

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.