October 30, 2012

My blogging plans today didn’t include a Destinations, however, there is some good stuff that needs to be mentioned.

Should we Trick or Treat? I never had a problem with it (even as an adult). Some might, so here is a short defense of the activity.

I don’t know how aware you are of the Complementarian versus Egalitarian debate that is usually raging in the church. Of course, complementarians believe that God has ordained that men and women have different roles in the church and at home while egalitarians disagree with this concept especially when it comes to male headship. Rachel Held Evans’ book  A Year of Biblical Womanhood: How a Liberated Woman Found Herself Sitting on Her Roof, Covering Her Head, and Calling Her Husband “Master has just been published. Here Kathy Keller, Tim’s wife, takes Rachel to task. Here’s a (long) quote:

  • “you began your project by ignoring (actually, by pretending you did not know about) the most basic rules of hermeneutics and biblical interpretation that have been agreed upon for centuries.”
  • “To insist that it would be ‘picking and choosing’ to preclude the Levitical code from your practice of biblical womanhood is disingenuous, if not outright deceptive.”
  • “In making the decision to ignore the tectonic shift that occurred when Jesus came, you have led your readers not into a better understanding of biblical interpretation, but into a worse one.”
  • “Throughout your book, you have ignored or even hidden from readers the fundamental principles of scriptural interpretation—including the difference between narrative and didactic, as well as the importance of placing commands in their context within redemptive history.”
  • “So ‘love’ is the reason you will reject some parts of the Bible and embrace others? But where do you get your definition of love if not from the Bible itself? And if you say, ‘Parts of the Bible express love, and other parts express power interests,’ you’ve clearly gotten your standard and definition of love from outside the Bible—specifically, from contemporary sensibilities—and these are your ultimate authority and norm.”
  • “You have become what you claim to despise; you have imposed your own agenda on Scripture in order to advance your own goals. In doing so, you have further muddied the waters of biblical interpretation instead of bringing any clarity to the task.”

Finally there are a ton of great books reduced this week just in time for Reformation Sunday (Day). I would imagine that the same deals are available for Nook.


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