Inerrancy: Wednesday’s Questions

These questions relate to my essay from Monday morning

Do you agree with Apologetics Press that a soul’s salvation could depend on the age of the earth?

Do you agree with the tests of inerrancy found in the 1978 Chicago Statement?

Do you agree with the hermeneutical principles found in the 1982 Chicago Statement?

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Worship … Not!

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Thanks to Vicki.

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Inerrancy: Tuesday’s Questions

These questions relate to my essay from Monday morning

What other passages are relevant to the meaning and use of the Scriptures other than the passages cited in the main text?

Do you believe the Scriptures are reliable?

Do you believe the scriptures are inerrant? If so, state how you define “inerrant” for this purpose.

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Common Cause: B. C. Goodpasture, The Gospel Advocate, and Churches of Christ in the Twentieth Century

A friend of mine pointed me to a doctoral dissertion, available in full text online, by John C. Hardin, titled Common Cause: B. C. Goodpasture, The Gospel Advocate, and Churches of Christ in the Twentieth Century. It’s an excellent read and highly recommended.

When I was a student at David Lipscomb College (1972-1975), I had a couple of occasions to hear Br. Goodpasture speak, and he was among my favorite preachers during a time when I heard preachers very nearly every day. Although he was very advanced in years, we students went out of our way to hear him speak, not only because of his legendary status, but because he was just a delightful speaker. I also remember my father telling me about the role Br. Goodpasture paid in the non-institutional controversy of the 1950s. I was excited to find a recent study of Br. Goodpasture’s life’s work. Continue reading

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Inerrancy: Monday’s Questions

These questions relate to my essay from Monday morning –

Is it necessary that “inerrancy” be defined in detail to hold someone else accountable for not believing in inerrancy?

Are you aware of any efforts to provide a detailed definition from within the Churches of Christ?

Is inerrancy properly considered a test of salvation, fellowship, or soundness?

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Inerrancy: An Essay

[This is a really long post. I’d normally post this about 1,000 to 1,500 words at a time, and it would take six or so posts spread over two or three weeks to do so. But, of course, that means there’d be a lot of conversation about inerrancy without the benefit of all the material I wish to bring to the readers’ attention. Therefore, I’m posting this in full, all 9,000 words at once.

I’ve disabled comments on this post. Instead, I’ll ask a series of questions, each in a separate daily post Monday through Friday.

It's an experimental format, but it seemed like a good idea at the time.]

Introduction

Over the years that I’ve posted at this blog I’ve often begun work on a post on the inerrancy question, but I’ve never found a way to express my thoughts properly in a single post and never had the will to write a series — because, until now, the only reason I’ve ever studied inerrancy is because of the false accusation so frequently made that my views are built on denying inerrancy. Continue reading

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Resident Aliens, by Stanley Hauerwas and William H. Willimon, Part 1

I’ve been wanting to post a series on this book for years — but could never quite get to it. Resident Aliens: Life in the Christian Colony is a great book. It was first published in 1989 and continues to have a dramatic influence on evangelical Christianity. It’s not long, only 172 pages, but those pages pack a wallop.

I working from my third copy. I keep lending copies, meaning I keep giving copies away.

Stanley Hauerwas and William H. Willimon are both Methodists, but they are part of a cross-denominational movement called Neo-Anabaptist. Hauerwas and Mennonite John Howard Yoder helped build a system of thought that is outside the normal Protestant Calvinist/Arminian schools of thought. Indeed, their work is one major reason we see American evangelical Christianity moving away from Constantinian Christianity and toward Neo-Anabaptist thought. Continue reading

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What Must the Church of Christ Do to Be Saved? Chapter 8

We’re working our way through Leroy Garrett’s book: What Must the Church of Christ Do to Be Saved? The paperback is $7.95, but it’s also available in Kindle edition for $0.99. For $0.99, it’s really an offer you can’t refuse!

Now, by “saved” Garrett doesn’t mean that he questions the salvation of the individual members of the Churches of Christ. Rather, he is concerned to save the Churches of Christ as a “viable witness to the Christian faith. What must it do to escape extinction in the decades ahead …?”

Chapter 8 is entitled “Reexamine our position on instrumental music.” The chapter is written by Bob Shaw, a minister in a non-instrumental Church of Christ. His argument is not that we must be instrumental but that we must stop making instrumental music a salvation or fellowship issue. Continue reading

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Communion Meditation: Jesus Gave Thanks

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(Luk 22:17-20 ESV) 17 And he took a cup, and when he had given thanks he said, “Take this, and divide it among yourselves. 18 For I tell you that from now on I will not drink of the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes.”

19 And he took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.”  20 And likewise the cup after they had eaten, saying, “This cup that is poured out for you is the new covenant in my blood.

Did you notice? I didn’t. Not the first thousand times I read this passage. But a friend made a point about this passage that I’d never noticed before: Jesus gave thanks. Continue reading

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“Hell Is Real (But I Hate to Admit It)” by Brian Jones

Hell Is Real (But I Hate to Admit It)I got this book to review kind of by accident. I got an email asking me to review it, and I responded that, since I’m a conditionalist, they likely would rather that I not. But they sent the book anyway. And I had this beach trip planned, and what better beach reading could there be than a book on hell?

I’m really just not into the whole Rob Bell and his sort-of-universalism and all. Yes, hell is a serious issue for many Christians and many potential converts. It is. But I don’t think the solution is to publish books pro and con on universalism or the reality of hell. Those aren’t the only two choices. Continue reading

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