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Catching Up on Events Since Travels to Scotland and Israel: Russell Moore, Brandi Miller, and Andy Stanley

Talked a bit about my trip to Scotland and Israel, and then moved into listening to Russell Moore’s comments on the Statement on Social Justice and the Gospel, listened to Brandi Miller at Reunion2018 illustrating everything we have been warning about with clarity, and then finished up by looking a bit at Ed Stetzer’s interview of Andy Stanley.  Just over 90 minutes in length.

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Biblical Law and Justice, Tim Keller on SJ&G, 90 Minutes of Biblical Discussion of Presuppositionalism

Started off with a current-event driven discussion of God’s law regarding false witnesses and the like, and followed this up with playing Tim Keller’s comments about the Statement on Social Justice and the Gospel, interacting therewith. Then, for the last 90 minutes, we walked through Romans 1, Colossians 1, and 1 Corinthians 1, as the biblical foundation for our utilization of and presentation of presuppositional apologetics.  Hopefully a helpful primer and starting point.

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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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Mormonism and the LGBTQ Movement, China’s Totalitarianism, Polight’s Confusion, Open Phones UPDATED

The copyright challenge by @vladtv has been lifted. This program is now available for viewing.

Talked a bit about the odd interaction Mormonism is having with the LGBTQ movement, and then covered some of the crack-down on religions (both Christianity and Islam) in China.  Then I played a few minutes from a fellow named “Polight” wherein he gets all confused about the Virgin Birth. Then we took calls on such subjects as John Piper on future justification, apologetic methodologies, and the concept of “mystery” in apologetics.

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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.