[Adapted from Matt Dabbs at Kingdom Living.]
Time for an update on what is happening with long-time Restoration Movement resource Wineskins.org. For those of you who haven’t ever heard of it, Wineskins was started as a print magazine by a group that included Rubel Shelly and Steve Diggs.
A second print magazine, Image, was founded by Denny Boultinghouse, working with Reuel Lemmons, the former editor of the Firm Foundation. Image and Wineskins merged and Wineskins eventually became an Internet-only publication.
Over the years, it has been edited by Mike Cope, Greg Taylor, and most recently by Keith Brenton, and Wineskins has been one of the most significant voices in Restoration theology on the web.
Keith has graciously allowed Matt Dabb, Brad Palmore, and I to take the site and rework it into an updated format we believe will continue to serve as a much needed voice within the Restoration Movement. We are appreciative of all those who have put in time, attention, heart, soul and so much more into the site over the years. We are standing on the shoulders of giants!
Matt serves as editor-in-chief. Brad is webmaster. I express opinions. Continue reading
Take a moment to read this June 9, 2013 story from the Daily Record newspaper, published in Scotland. And then read this view of the events reported in the Brotherhood News, an electronic news service associated with the more conservative Churches of Christ.
It seems that a group of Church of Christ missionaries, closely tied to Apologetics Press, began serving as volunteers in a couple of Scottish public elementary schools. As part of their mission work, they passed out anti-evolution material to the children. They also allowed the children raise $350 to help pay for the construction of their new church building. This was all done without the knowledge or consent of the children’s parents. Continue reading
Near the end of Deuteronomy, the book records a song sung by Moses to the Israelites just before they cross the Jordan River.
We never study the Song of Moses, but it’s a fascinating composition.
Moses refers to the Israelite people anthropomorphically, that is, as a single person: Israel (remember: God renamed Jacob as Israel).
(Deu 32:10-12 ESV) 10 “[God] found [Israel] in a desert land, and in the howling waste of the wilderness; he encircled him, he cared for him, he kept him as the apple of his eye. 11 Like an eagle that stirs up its nest, that flutters over its young, spreading out its wings, catching them, bearing them on its pinions, 12 the LORD alone guided him, no foreign god was with him.”
I just love that image, and I love that Moses, having just delivered chapter after chapter of statutes, returns to the most important thing: God’s love for Israel. Continue reading
Anyone got a recommendation for a church in the San Diego area? Particularly somewhere near LaJolla?
It has often been said that the Law of Moses was about external obedience whereas Christianity is about the heart. It’s just not true — and obviously so –
(Deu 6:4-6 ESV) 4 “Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one. 5 You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. 6 And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart.”
Jesus famously quotes these words as the most important commandment — and it’s plainly about the state of one’s heart. Continue reading
Not my X-ray, but close to the real thing
So I’m headed toward back surgery, scheduled for October 29. I’ll be out of commission for two to four weeks after that.
Three years ago, I had the same surgery — an L5-S1 fusion — and it has failed. My lowest vertebra is essentially sitting on top of my sacrum (tail bone) and out of alignment (a spondylolisthesis) by 16 or so millimeters.
This results in the nerves branching from my spinal cord having no place to exit the vertebra. It hurts quite a lot — and is causing hard muscle spasms that pinch my sciatic nerve. Continue reading
The Law of Moses has a pretty bad reputation among Christians, mainly due to a misunderstanding of Paul on a few points, I think. And so today’s the day that we rehabilitate the Torah.
First, “Torah” doesn’t so much mean “law” as “instruction” or “teaching.”
(Pro 31:26 ESV) [The excellent wife] opens her mouth with wisdom, and the teaching [torah] of kindness is on her tongue.
After all, the Jews refer to the first five books of the Bible as the Torah, and there’s a lot more in those books than the statutes of Moses — the so-called 613 commands.
The stories of Adam and Eve, Abraham, Joseph, and Moses are all “Torah.” Continue reading
I’m an elder, but I was a deacon before that, and for quite a long time — although I really can’t remember when I became a deacon. It was that long ago.
I don’t disrespect deacons as such. I mean, I was a deacon for many years, and most of the deacons I know are very good men, doing very good work for Jesus.
But the system is broken. It’s never really worked that well.
The Church of Christ deacon tradition was invented when we had churches of 50 members, when nearly all members were married and nearly all married members had children (birth control came later, people married much younger). And the theology, such as it is, was largely invented in an effort to show ourselves saved and Baptists damned based on who had the “scriptural” pattern for church organization. Continue reading
For reasons I cannot explain, WordPress posted an article I was in the middle of typing – dealing with academia and publishing. It was not finished. It was not 2% finished.
Don’t bother reading. If I get it finished and if I’m happy with the result, then it will show up in a week or two.
Sorry about that.