On-Line Articles I’ve Read this week, XXV

Note: These posts will now appear once a week containing a list of all (or almost all) on-line articles I have read this week. Each article will be linked and a short paragraph from the article will be posted under each link.

The Sin of Ham Revisited by James B. Jordan

When we expose our secrets to someone, we give them power over us. That’s why we are careful when we do so, and so angry and humiliated when we are betrayed. And rightly so. If someone accidently finds out one of our secrets — “sees” our secret —  and then tells others, that is an assault on us. There was no sin in Noah’s resting naked covered by his tent; the sin was in Ham’s exposing it and uncovering Noah from the covering of his tent.

California Pastor Frustrated with “Comfortable” Christianity

Chan will deliver his final sermon at Cornerstone later in the month. He said he plans to move with his family to a developing country.

Traducianism

“Traducianism was held by Tertullian and many Westerns; since the Reformation by Lutherans; also by the Eastern church. Roman Catholics and most Reformed theologians are creationists, though Shedd and Strong favor traducianism. Modern studies in heredity and psychosomatic unity are indecisive, but can easily be interpreted on the traducianist side.”[1]

Should Pastors get Ph.D’s?

If you’re already a pastor, I wouldn’t get a PhD. It’s a lot of work, and the payoff is really small. Really small.

Southern Baptists mark 3rd year of membership decline

According to a newly released annual report, membership in the Southern Baptist Convention fell in 2009 by 0.42 percent to 16.16 million. That marks the third consecutive year of decline for a body that had previously bucked the shrinking trend of other denominations.

Haggards incorporate St. James Church in Colorado

Haggard told The Gazette of Colorado Springs that newly formed non-profit would provide an orderly way for him and his wife to be reimbursed for the traveling expenses they incur as they visit churches across the country to give paid talks.

Bucer’s Baptismal Theology

One of the interesting things about Martin Bucer is to trace the development of his baptismal theology over the course of his teaching as a Reformer.

Fox News Panic: Glenn Beck Loses 50% of Viewers

Glenn Beck has been in denial about his ratings slide for weeks now. First, he claimed that there is no ratings decline for his Fox News show, and then he claimed that the weather was to blame for his 33% drop in viewership. However by attracting only 1.7 million viewers on Friday, Beck hit a new all time low which is now 50% off of his peak audience of 3.4 million.

Obama’s Endorsements don’t seem to help Democrats

WASHINGTON – Voters rejected one of President Barack Obama’s hand-picked candidates and forced another into a runoff, the latest sign that his political capital is slipping beneath a wave of anti-establishment anger.

The Fragrance of God Reviewed

This is a deceptive little book. I admit that I approached it with reluctance, knowing that its seven short chapters consist of ruminations on gardening.


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About Uri Brito

I am the Pastor of Providence Church (CREC) in Pensacola, Fl.
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