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Dear Norway

Dear Norway,

It seems at this point words can only fail. While I, along with the rest of the world, feel stunned breathless by your tragedy, surely your pain and anguish is and will become deeper than we can imagine. But if it is possible to communicate my grief and prayers in a short letter, I’d like to try.

Whatcha Presupposin’?

I have been reading a lot on biblical counseling lately as I prepare for a class at the beginning of August. What has impressed me over and over as I drudge through the 2700 pages of pre-class reading is that Biblical Counseling is nothing more than presuppositional counseling. We take the Word of God as it stands, presupposing that the Scriptures are sufficient for faith and life. Then they are applied to each situation that arises in a counseling setting. Seems logical to me.

A generation ago this was unheard of. The Church is making strides in believing and applying the Scriptures.

Postage Due, Jedi Mind Tricks, and, of Course, Neo-Darwinian Evolution

Instead of walking the mail this week, which affords me the pleasure of listening to many an MP3, I’ve been delivering the mail from the ease of a postal truck, which of course means that I haven’t been gorging my ears with podcasts (Postal policy doesn’t allow us to drive while talking on a cell phone or listening to an MP3 player).  So it’s been a time of fighting my portable radio, as it doesn’t want to pick up any decent stations.  Therefore, I’ve been stuck mostly with my thoughts, seeing how I usually grow weary of the incessant static and angrily turn off the radio.  And when I’m stuck with my thoughts, strange things often bubble forth.

So here you go:  A week’s worth of mental meanderings, which, I might add, could probably be placed under the category paradoxes- paradoxes both serious and stupid.

Two Weeks of Listening. Some Snapshot Thoughts

Apologetics 315 Interview with David Wood

Excellent interview exploring the subject of Islam.  Instead of looking at the historical evidence, which is rarely what Muslims care to explore, David Wood very helpfully shows how one can and should use the Koran itself as a foil to the Muslim’s most common objections against Christianity.  Good stuff.

http://apologetics315.blogspot.com/2011/07/apologist-interview-david-wood.html

Epistemology – Andrew Fellows

In one of the most helpful and concise sketches of the history of epistemology I’ve run across, Andrew Fellows of L’Abri ministries shows how nearly everything after Plato and Aristotle, in the history of philosophy, is but footnotes.  Well worth the 90 minutes.

Door-to-Door

In answer to prayer and at the urgings of a young man in our congregation, last night our church began door-to-door visitation.  We plan to do this throughout the summer.   With two of my daughters in tow, I enjoyed the interactions with people.  One encouragement was meeting a young family who had just moved into the area and seemed genuinely interested in the information.  One humorous moment came when we met a door-to-door security salesman coming down the street from the other direction.  We exchanged notes on houses (the people in the next house had just returned from Bible study at a faithful church in the community so we just passed it by!) and we continued on.

Undesigned Coincidences – Tim McGrew

In Matthew 8:16 we read the following: “That evening they brought to him
many who were oppressed by demons, and he cast out the spirits with a word and healed all who were sick.”

If we were to read this passage in isolation from the other Gospels, the term
“evening” would appear to be nothing more than an incidental fact.  It was
evening when the sick were brought to Jesus.  Simple as that.

But when we look at the parallel passage in Mark 1:21-32, we receive an
interesting little tidbit that sheds light on why they came in the evening.

Three Problems of Evil – Peter S. Williams

There are countless lectures and sermons addressing the subject of evil.  And as you would imagine, and probably already know, some handle the subject with profundity, while yet others drop the ball…  Big time.  There are also those who approach the subject with philosophical flare, dazzling their listeners with logical syllogisms and lofty language, the kind heard only in the still corridors of an ivory tower.  To the average ear it sounds strange, a bit bizarre, perhaps, or even esoteric. 

The following lecture is a curious mixture of all three.

Hiding Ourselves

Is it not easier to hide who we are than who we are not?

To disguise our selfishness is but the work of a moment, whereas the lack of a generous spirit is too big a void to conceal.
To covet a neighbor’s position can be mostly contained within, but a failure to rejoice spontaneously in a friend’s success creates a loud silence.
To talk big about prayer and pray big in public can, like a rug over swept-up dirt, mostly hide the fact that we do not pray quietly in private, but it is not a very good cover up for a long distance relationship with God.

Is this not the way of the Pharisee Jesus exposed so devastatingly?