Weekend Reading

I am still pretty worn out from DST (as John Locke or Daniel Faraday would say, “When am I?”) and my road trip (2000 miles/30+ hours in four days).  Trying to rest and get things together.  Maybe I will blog more next week.  Or maybe I am in one of those blog-valleys, which is fine.  I am not a slave to the blog.  I do it for fun.

My boy turns 5 this weekend.  Snowman party on Saturday with a house full of kids–Birthday Observed. My crafty wife has been making a snowman pinata.  Cool. Pictures will be forthcoming. Official birthday on Sunday.

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This guy makes some bleak predictions about Christianity in America, but you never know.

This guy makes comments on the first guy’s thoughts.  Are churches of Christ in the same ark?  What do you think of his “Evangelical Bailout Package”?

This guy never has an off day (blogwise). Always makes me think.  Always writes great stuff.   An excerpt to whet your appetite:

The culture wars are one example of the resulting massive failure. For instance, teen pregnancy is a serious issue, but have we addressed it systemically? Or have we fought  it with slogans, exhortations, and targets?

This is amusing.  And does point out some differences in our culture and Biblical reality.  Of course, I love satire. “If Galatians had been written today“.

Speaking of satire, can’t remember if I have linked to this before, but you should read it.  If Jesus had a blog.  Plus, he adds bogus comments that poke fun at (stereo)typical commenters.

The first three are heavier reading so let’s just leave it at that for this week.

Have a great weekend and an even better week beginning!

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2 thoughts on “Weekend Reading

  1. rey

    This satire or whatever it is supposed to be ignores a very important point, i.e. that Paul’s purpose in writing the Galatian letters was to PROVE to the Galatians that he is an apostle because they, and indeed all Asia Minor, were beginning to doubt his apostleship. Paul begins with the thesis “I am an apostle not of men but of Jesus Christ” and defends the thesis by saying:

    “I am independent of the 12, and better than them. Whereas they walked faithfully with Jesus throughout his earthly ministry and saw his miracles and heard his teachings, I received an internal revelation of Christ which is much better. Not only that, but the top 3–Peter, James, and John–are a collection of nobodies who only seem to be something, but whatever they are doesn’t make a lick of difference to me. In truth, they’re all Judaizers! Yet, even they acknowledge that God has chosen me to preach to the Gentiles, and they can’t add anything to me. I know you’ve read in that ‘book of Acts’ that in the Jerusalem Council they added letters to me to deliver to the churches, but its a lie. In reality all they tried to add to me in the Jerusalem Council was to remember the poor, as if I wasn’t already going to do that. And, look, Peter’s a big fat hypocrite! I’ll relate to you an incident that happened in a far away place which you can’t possibly verify, and which I have no reason to share with you other than that I need to make the real apostles look bad to make myself seem like an apostle. I chewed Peter down, and that makes me the top apostles now!”

    It is no wonder that after this letter, not only Galatia, but all of Asia Minor (many of which Paul established, and which includes Ephesus, Laodicea, Lystra, Derbe, Colosse) rejected Paul as a false apostle, as Paul complains to Timothy right before his death, 2nd Timothy 1:15 “This you know, that all those in Asia have turned away from me.” John also represents Jesus as having him write a letter to Ephesus (which is in Asia) and say to them on Jesus’ behalf “I know your works, your labor, your patience, and that you cannot bear those who are evil. And you have tested those who say they are apostles and are not, and have found them liars;”

    You mock those who find problems with Paul, but the fact is that Paul’s claim to apostleship stands on such shaky grounds that when challenged by the Galatians to prove that he is an apostle, the best he could do was attack Peter, James, and John.

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