Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Putin, Gone with the Wind, and Context.

In a 2013 interview, Putin does not pay attention to context (nor his source) when it comes to the statements in the movie "Gone with the Wind" and trying to show it as an example of American individualism. 

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Patterson Lament and More on Perspicuity

Do not rejoice when your enemy falls,
And do not let your heart be glad when he stumbles;[1]

Proverbs 24:17 (NASB)

Though I am not a part of the SBC anymore (but I have many family members that are), I lament for the congregation I use to call home. As the headlines today say, Paige Patterson has been relieved of any position at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary including no compensation by the Executive Committee of the trustees. Dr. Patterson apparently did not handle the tragic situation with a rape victim in the most ideal fashion. Actually, if all the reports are true, it probably was outright wrong how he handled it. The SBC needs reform here, but I cannot directly take part in such reforms because I am no longer apart of the SBC, but I will probably indirectly with conversations with pastor-apologists who I still call my brothers in Christ and friends. However, I have other moderately-heavy important issues that have not been addressed so far in this debate.

Sunday, May 6, 2018

Paige Patterson, Women as Teachers, Divorce, and Perspicuity of Scripture.

Paige Patterson has been at the center of controversy the last week or so surrounding his comments made, back in 2000, about his advice to women concerning abuse in marriage. Much ink has been spilt on these issues.[1] I ultimately disagree with Patterson’s wording and would not advise a women exactly as he did (I would probably refer them to my wife, a reasonable Christian counselor for more in depth conversation and/or advice, or the police). To be clear, I condemn any emotional, verbal, and/or physical abuse (of any kind or to any degree) and do not endorse it as that is what the Christian message (in its totality) ultimately means by reasonable submission. Moreover, maybe Patterson should step down (retire) as Ed Stezer has called for because of his string of gaffe’s and/or intentional statements that are at least highly questionable, if not outright wrong.[2] However, I will let the trustee’s decide that issue. Yet, I do have some things to say that have not really been addressed in this debate thus far, which are of moderate-heavy importance. Do SBC commentators hold that women cannot teach at all? Moreover, is the teaching on divorce “clear” as Patterson states in the Bible?

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Is Eph 4:11c "pastors and teachers" one or two roles and/or positions?

I have read elsewhere that apologists should aspire to be pastors. In part, they base this on Eph 4:11c. However, what does Paul mean here? I write elsewhere (in a forthcoming paper) addressing this moderate problem:

Monday, January 29, 2018

Reflections on Ten Years in Social Work

It’s been a couple of years since I exited the social work scene. Upon reflection of my 10 years in the field, I am glad I experienced it. However, I am also relieved to be out. Here are some reflections from those 10 years.

Monday, January 1, 2018

Roger Penrose is good at many things, but not defining "Faith."

Roger Penrose is a good physicist, mathematician, and philosopher of science. However, he is not good at defining simple words at times.  In his 2016 book called Fashion, Faith, and Fantasy in the New Physics of the Universe, he defines “Faith” as, “according to my Concise Oxford Dictionary, is belief founded on authority.”[1] With no footnote to follow (at least in the Kindle version), I looked in my version of the Concise Oxford Dictionary for this particular definition. These are all the definitions they offer: