Must Read Monday: The Meaning of Words, UFOs and the SabbathDecember 18, 2017
Must Read Monday must begin with Scripture.
1. Start reading the Bible today — there is no better time, and there’s no reason to wait. 2. Set aside a specific time each day. Set your schedule and then stick to it. Mornings are great, but feel free to use any time that works consistently for you. 3. Read the Bible for the sake of learning, not simply to accomplish your next reading. Ask God to speak to you through what He has already spoken in His Word. Ask Him to enable you understand and receive His Word for what it truly is and be willing to be changed by what you read. May your mind be renewed and your life transformed!
If you don’t have a Bible reading plan for this week, read:
Monday: Luke 1:26-38; Isaiah 7:14
Tuesday: Luke 1:5-25; Malachi 4:5
Wednesday: Matthew 1:18-25; Genesis 3:15
Thursday: Genesis 22:18; Matthew 1:1-17
Friday: Jeremiah 23:5; Luke 3:23-38
Saturday: Luke 2:1-7; Micah 5:2
Sunday (Christmas Eve): Luke 2:8-20; Judges 6:22-23; Judges 13:22
Monday (Christmas day): Deuteronomy 18:15-18; Galatians 4:4-5; John 1:1-18
If you don’t have a Bible reading plan for the new year, join me: http://www.gccnashville.org/resources/bible-reading-plans/
Using reality-based words when seeking U.S. taxpayer-funded research grants seems unreasonable to some but is a restoration of reason for others
I remember in graduate school at Princeton Theological Seminary when we were instructed that the use of male pronouns in reference to God were considered an affront and their use was prohibited in papers and oral arguments. I recall those who were unwilling to modify their writing and presentation styles to expunge their speech of male references to God the Father had their grades docked. Contrary to the imaginings of some, freedom of speech is not a particularly high value in higher education nor research institutions. It seems progressives are now discovering what those kinds of strictures feel like.
When Dr. Sandro Galea, dean of Boston University’s School of Public Health, says in the article “these things matter ‘because the words that we use ultimately describe what we care about and what we think are priorities.’” he is right. But he seems to miss that referring to unborn human beings as anything less than or other than human beings is value laden. Likewise, the use of “gender dysphoric” (which is the scientific term) instead of the delusional language of “transgender” would actually be a move in the direction of reality, not away from it.
The X-Files? Yes, in fact, the Pentagon had (has?) it’s own version of those
This is a conversation about science, taxpayer-funded research and the reality that some things defy scientific explanation. In 2007, the Pentagon officially launched a program to explain the things military pilots were seeing flying around us. The program was officially terminated in 2012 but some say it continues. Again, much like the X-Files.
From the article, “Sara Seager, an astrophysicist at M.I.T., cautioned that not knowing the origin of an object does not mean that it is from another planet or galaxy. ‘When people claim to observe truly unusual phenomena, sometimes it’s worth investigating seriously,” she said. But, she added, “what people sometimes don’t get about science is that we often have phenomena that remain unexplained.’”
From a Christian worldview there is no reason to think that God did not create worlds and beings beyond Earth. Christians also understand the reality that science falls short when trying to explain things.
Any time the word “sin” makes it into a headline we should pay attention. The Pope said of fake news, “You shouldn’t fall into the ‘sins of communication:’ disinformation, or giving just one side, calumny that is sensationalized, or defamation, looking for things that are old news and have been dealt with and bringing them to light today.” (Calumny, by the way, is basically slander – saying something false or defamatory about someone else in order to damage their reputation. God called it “bearing false witness against your neighbors” in the 10 Commandments.)
If that is a call to speak the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth, so help us God, then I’m all in. But according to the story, Pope Francis plans to dedicate his upcoming annual message to “fake news.” I would hope as the figurehead of the Roman Catholic Church, the Pope would rather dedicate all his messaging to the very real Good News.
Good News story of the day: Chick-fil-A breaks Sabbath to save the day at Atlanta airport
Chick-fil-A is closed on Sunday. Every Chick-fil-A. Every Sunday. But to suggest that this Sabbath rule overrides the rule of love would be to miss the spirit of why Chick-fil-A is closed on Sunday in the first place!
So, on Sunday, December 17, when thousands of passengers were stranded for hours in the busiest airport in the world (Atlanta), Chick-fil-A sprang into action, feeding everyone.
In evidence here is the principle learned from Jesus’ teaching on the Sabbath in Matthew 12:1-14.
“At that time Jesus went through the grainfields on the Sabbath. His disciples were hungry and began to pick some heads of grain and eat them. When the Pharisees saw this, they said to him, “Look! Your disciples are doing what is unlawful on the Sabbath.”
He answered, “Haven’t you read what David did when he and his companions were hungry? He entered the house of God, and he and his companions ate the consecrated bread—which was not lawful for them to do, but only for the priests. Or haven’t you read in the Law that the priests on Sabbath duty in the temple desecrate the Sabbath and yet are innocent? I tell you that something greater than the temple is here. If you had known what these words mean, ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice,’a you would not have condemned the innocent. For the Son of Man is Lord of the Sabbath.”
Going on from that place, he went into their synagogue, and a man with a shriveled hand was there. Looking for a reason to bring charges against Jesus, they asked him, “Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath?”
He said to them, “If any of you has a sheep and it falls into a pit on the Sabbath, will you not take hold of it and lift it out? How much more valuable is a person than a sheep! Therefore it is lawful to do good on the Sabbath.”
Then he said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” So he stretched it out and it was completely restored, just as sound as the other. But the Pharisees went out and plotted how they might kill Jesus.
Keeping the Sabbath isn’t about keeping rules, it’s about the One who rules the human heart.