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Shawn McCraney and Ephesians 1 on Radio Free Geneva

On a special Radio Free Geneva episode today we examined the comments of Shawn McCraney of The Heart of the Matter up in Salt Lake City from his Tuesday night episode of his telecast where he not only went after Jeff Durbin and myself but likewise attempted to provide an interpretation of Ephesians 1:1-14 that he claims “shot to hell” the Reformed understanding (which he likewise described as being “full of it”).  Shawn is quite the colorful character, but his teaching is grossly in error, as we demonstrated.  Here is his original episode.  Just a bit over 90 minutes today!

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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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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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If you are wondering why you cannot watch the DL on YouTube, ask @vladtv who filed a DCMA complaint against it for our doing FAIR USE examination of the claims of Polight regarding his false statements about the Bible and its original languages. Please feel free to, respectfully, express to @vladtv your thoughts concerning their abuse of the “copyright” claim to suppress the obvious fair use analysis of just a few moments of one of their videos.

Bill Mounce and John 3:16, Slamming TMU/TMS, More on “Color Blind,” then Open Phones with Good Calls

Looked at Bill Mounce’s article on “whoever” in John 3:16 (a second article, more recent than one I’ve addressed before), then moved on to the sad spectacle of Christians gleefully piling on TMS/TMU, including one graduate going after JM for daring to address the “social justice” controversy. Finished up a brief response regarding the real meaning of “color-blind theology,” what that does and more importantly does not mean, and then went to the phones for some great calls on topics such as CRT and a number of calls on Jehovah’s Witnesses.

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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.