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Cultural Observations on the Sexual Revolution, Mormonism, Racialism, and Calls

Wow, what a mix!  Lots of material at the start on true biblical justice, avoiding mobs, how intersectionality eats its own (Martina Navratilova), and the use of the “crisis” to get things done now, even if what you are really doing is just pushing forward your ultimate agenda. Then we took calls on various topics, and then at the end of the program I briefly read through the tweet by Dr. Anthony Bradley calling brothers in Christ “Oreos,” and what this means. Finished up with a discussion of how and why my debate challenge on Textual Traditionalism was declined. Somewhere in there my granddaughter Clementine called me on FaceTime, so I picked up and we talked briefly live on the program.  She was joined by another of my granddaughters, Kadence, both wonderful young ladies being homeschooled by my daughter Summer. That was a fun little unplanned addition!

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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.

Radio Free Geneva: NIFB Arguments Reviewed, the Ecclesiastical Text Movement Examined

Did a 100 minute Radio Free Geneva today, looking at the arguments from an NIFB pastor in the Philippines first, and then going into a much more in-depth discussion on the issue of the text of the New Testament in response to the ever present Traditionalists in the Reformed camp.  Important stuff to consider!  Also included a debate invitation/challenge for Dr. Jeff Riddle and Robert Truelove for October of this year.

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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.

A Remote Dividing Line Discussing Abortion, Gender Issues, and Then Transitioning to More IFB Craziness

Needed to do the program remotely today from my home (and aside from one slip up, it actually worked quite well!).  Discussed the amazing (and disgusting) tweets put out by a woman saying “goodbye” to the aborted baby she murdered as if this was an act of love on her part—tough way to start the program, I know.  But when we discussed the high school French teacher who lost his job for refusing to call a girl a guy.  The insanity is coming for us all.  Then we transitioned to “the Attack of the KJVOIFBs!” looking at some clips from some recent videos attacking myself and Pastor Jeff Durbin.  In that discussion I mentioned the presentations I did at Grace Life Church in Pryor, Oklahoma last week, available here.

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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.

 

Church Membership, Adding “P” to LGBT, Matt Chandler & Prophecy, Open Phones

Another Skype-based program from Evergreen, Colorado.  Looked briefly at the reaction to a church pruning its membership rolls, then read a portion of Douglas Wilson’s article on adding “P” to LGBT. Then considered the concept of “prophecy” in Matt Chandler’s recent sermon, and then took calls on various topics such as the resurrection of the saints in Matthew 27 and Jehovah’s Witnesses and the spirit of man.  Lord willing, will be home on Monday, so the schedule should return to something “normal” for August.

Here is the YouTube link:
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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.