Here are the stories I put in my coffee this morning.
- Abuse Does Not Take Away Use
Basically, fire can destroy, but it’s also good for cooking or keeping your home warm; an oxygen mask can still save your life, even if someone choked you with one; scalpels still cut out cancer, even if someone got injured with one. In the same way, doctrines can still be good, true, beautiful, and helpful despite the ways they’ve been abused or misconstrued in the past.
- What Do Common Sense and Scripture Tell Us About the Relative Weight of Different Truths? (Classic Phil Johnson)
It seems to me that the distinction between primary and secondary doctrines is implicit rather than explicit in Scripture. But I think the distinction is still very clear. Here, briefly, are five biblical arguments in favor of making some kind of distinction between primary and secondary doctrines.
- Are Atheists Smarter or Simply More Self-Reliant and Self-Indulgent?
There is often a relationship between intelligence and the willful rejection of authority. Being smart doesn’t guarantee you’ll make smart decisions. For this reason, the connection between IQ and religious belief is unsurprising and unflattering.
- Farewell, NIV
There have been deniers about the demise of the NIV. Many people have tried to hold onto the idea that the new one is the same as the old. After all, they have the same names, so how could they be that different? But the more people have tried to use the new one, the more the changes are evident.
- 2 Motivations for Holiness
There is an economy wherein the only currency is the blood of Christ. It is God’s economy. It is the economy of the kingdom of God. It is the economy of the redeemed. To redeem us, Christ did not reach into the treasure bag; He reached into Himself—the treasure of all treasures—and set us free.