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What does John Piper mean when he speaks about God ordaining, within the context of his Sovereignty over sin?

There is design in what he permits.  And therefore when I say he ordains, I mean He has a history in view and He is going somewhere with what He permits to happen.  That’s what I’m talking about when I’m talking about the ordaining of, or the governance of, sin. (Resolved ’09: God’s Sovereignty Over Satan’s Fall)

I can rest easily upon that: “He is going somewhere in what He permits to happen.”

For more of this, check out the link above, and the second part to his message titled: How Sin Serves the Glory of Christ.


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The last “Weekly Notables.”  I have resolved to read more edited, published writing rather than spontaneous “off the cuff” blogging.  I’ll still send some good links along sporadically.

Reading: Francis of Assissi said what?  Preach the Gospel, Use Deeds When Necessary.

Health:  Do you think you know pain?  Check out this guy‘s visibly wincing pain at mile 22 of the San Diego Rock ‘N’ Roll Marathon.

Reading:  Lot’s of it.  D.A. Carson’s contribution to the church is real nice, and so is making nearly all of it availabe for free.

Listening: Free audio download from Christianaudio: Eugene Petersen’s Christ Plays in Ten-Thousand Places.

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Some excellent words from Miles J. Stanford in the chapter titled “Acceptance” from his short book of essays called Principles of Spiritual Growth:

There are two questions that every believer must settle as soon as possible.  The one is, Does God fully accept me?  and the second, If so, upon what basis does He do so?  This is crucial. (p. 17)

Many suppose that because they are conscious of sins, hence they must renew their acceptance with God.  The truth is that God has not altered.  His eye rests on the work accomplished by Christ for the believer.  When you are not walking in the Spirit you are in the flesh: you have turned to the old man which was crucified on the cross.  You have to be restored to fellowship, and when you are, you find your acceptance with God unchanged and unchangeable.  When sins are introduced there is a fear that God has changed.  He has not changed, but you have.  You are not walking in the Spirit but in the flesh. (p. 18 emphasis added)

Here he quotes Wm. R. Newell explaining “the proper attitude of Man Under Grace:”

To believe, and to consent to be loved while unworthy, is the great secret.

To refuse to make ‘resolutions’ and ‘vows’; for that is to trust in the flesh.

To ‘hope to be better [hence acceptable] is to fail to see yourself in Christ only.

To be disappointed with yourself, is to have believed in yourself.

Ephesians 2:3-7

BUT GOD, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ – by grace you have been saved – and raised us up and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.

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News: Global Warming Beliefs Among Protestant Pastors.  Interesting article on the percentage pastors who are “believers” of global warming.

Listening:  This is gold…John Piper recently spoke at Park Community Church in Chicago on “The Pastor as Scholar.”  He gives a basics outline of his life leading up to becoming a pastor.

If I am scholarly, it is not in any sense because I try to stay on the cutting edge in the discipline of biblical and theological studies. I am way too slow for that. What scholarly would mean for me is that the greatest Object of knowledge is God and that he has revealed himself authoritatively in a Book. And that I should work with all my might and all my heart and all my soul and all my mind to know him through that Book and to make him known.

Photography: 9 years of change in Dubai from NASA.

Blogging: John MacArthur offers some practical teaching on “Knowing Christ.”

We err greatly if we think of intimacy with Christ as some lofty level of mysterious, feelings-based communion with the Divine—as if it involved some knowledge of God that goes beyond what Scripture has revealed.

Science and Religion: A new theistic evolutionist – like website from Francis S. Collins and Co., the director of the Human Genome Project and author of The Language of God, called The BioLogos Foundation.  What is the site for?

The BioLogos Foundation promotes the search for truth in both the natural and spiritual realms, and seeks to harmonize these different perspectives.

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Watching: The Gospel Coalition 2009 is wrapping up today.  Live webcasts are available here.  Also, all 10 of the main sessions will be online soon.

Listening: 5 years of classroom instruction from Wayne Grudem as he teaches through his Systematic Theology.

Blogging: Kevin DeYoung posts a series called “Our High Places,” highlighting what he sees as possible blindspots in the church today.

Economics: Matt Perman argues how “Spending Does Not Drive the Economy,” part 1 and part 2.

Blogging 2: Albert Mohler pleads “We cannot settle for truth without love nor love without truth” and “The genuine body of Christ  will reveal itself by courageous compassion, and compassionate courage” when confronting the issue of homosexuality in our culture.

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Listening: Phil Johnson spoke recently at Omaha Bible Church, outlining the 5 major heresies that have frequented Christianity.  This message is just a survey, so if you want to hear him speak more in depth on each of the 5 heresies, go here.

Climate news: Roger Pielke Sr. outlines his position on climate sciences.  A position I see as much more rational and humble than most climate experts studying global warming.

Weather photos: This is a good one.  NASA’s Earth Observatory is celebrating their 10 year anniversary by posting their top 50 images taken over the last decade.  You vote which is your favorite.  I’m a bit disappointed in the top 50…how could they leave out Everest?  I’m voting for “Inauguration Day Crowds in D.C.”  What did you vote for?

Reading: Tony Reinke recommends an excellent and Simple Approach to Apologetics.

News: The blogosphere is abuzz with this article, so I thought I’d post it too.  A.N. Wilson, known for converting from Christianity to atheism and brushing shoulders with several other prominent atheists for 20 years, has converted back to Christianity.  His article is called “Why I Believe Again.” (HT: JT)

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I decided to follow Jason’s lead and post some notes from a recent message I listened to.  Dr. John Mark Reynolds of Biola University lectured at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary a couple of weeks ago on the topic of the relationship between religion and science.  His first lecture, called We Beheld His Glory: How a Christian Worldview Produced Science, argues “it is fundamentally, the incarnation, that made modern science possible.”

The rest here is either quoted directly or paraphrased from his lecture.

-the scientific revolution did not grow out of Greek and Roman thought.

-Greek/Roman thought was incapable/inadequate of producing science.

-they (Greeks/Romans) believed that below the surface, there was not order but disorder or chaos.

-understanding matter or flesh was then deemed meaningless, since it was only chaos.  Nobody wants to study chaos.

-Birth of philosophy was due to the reaction to the meaningless existence to perform out what was best in the world.

-Christianity presented the idea of Logos – or order.

-if God can put on flesh, you can surely study it, it is the incarnation that makes matter good without making it God.

-nature is not God, but it is good, so it is worthy of man’s time and intentions.

Reynolds’ final admonition:

Just as it is inexcusable to stand on this side of the incarnation and hear about it without wonder, so it is unacceptable for us, the heirs of Western Christendom, to refuse to think well, to refuse to defend God’s Word with intellectual integrity, to refuse to understand science, even when science has gone awry.

The temptation is to take Darwin and either never read him or to worship him.

The temptation is to take nature and never study it because we are engaged in theological abstraction or to worship it.

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