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August 31, 2005

I am heading back to school. Eight months off is a…

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I am heading
back to school. Eight months off is a long time. The old joke about taking 5 years to thaw out after graduating from a Reformed Seminary is as far off base as ever. I need to hurry back in there before I fall away into permanent perdition.

The class I am about to take is called ‘Ministry of the Word’. It is a prereq. class for the entire preaching sequence. So it is mandatory if I ever hope to finish up the M.Div.

If you like you can take a look at the books I will be reading for this class:

Augustine, On Christian Teaching
Richard Baxter, Reformed Pastor
Charles Bridges, Christian Ministry (One of the top 602,176 Amazon sellers!)
Edmund Clowney, Called to the Ministry
Graeme Goldsworthy, Preaching the Whole Bible
Samuel Logan, The Preacher and Preaching
Hughes Old, Guide to the Reformed Tradition
William Perkins, The Art of Prophesying

If and when I latch onto some eye-opening stuff in this class, I assure you, my readers, that you will be the first to know the scoop.


August 30, 2005

Starting soon, probably before the week is out, I …

Filed under: Uncategorized — ineedsheetmusic @ 4:48 am

Starting soon, probably
before the week is out, I am going to launch a series on sanctification. It will, I reckon, consist of one post per week. Each entry will cover one of the primary views on sanctification. In order for this effort to not be too much of a burden to myself, I will format the content in a bulletized fashion with the addition of a key quote, a key verse, and a comment by myself. With each entry, I will withhold the source (denomination, sect or label) of the view I am presenting. The purpose for this approach is for your benefit. You will be prevented from bringing your own biases that get triggered by labels when reading the material. Obviously, you can defeat this if you already know these positions.

The reason I am embarking on this research is, in the first place, for my own edification. Of late, I have been the recipient of much preaching which has had the effect of beating me up spiritually. For weeks on end,I have been told, in so many words, that I am not good enough. I am not mature enough. I am not disciplined enough. That my Christianity is a routine designed just to make me feel good about myself. That I am more like a Pharisee than a Christ follower. That my prayer of confession is a ruse on my part that I employ merely to clear the path for my next bout of selfish sinning.

I need a quick pick-me-up. I would rather be told that I am holy, quite frankly. I had been led to believe that the Bible tells me that very thing. Or does it? Hence my quest.

The second reason for this post is that I believe an overview of this topic could stimulate Biblical thinking on your part, always a good thing. I have the sneaking suspicion that a large part of the modern evangelical church is drifting away from doctrinal issues such as this. Even though this may not be true in the case of any of the readers of this blog, I want to counter this tendency.

Naturally, I have sources for this research. I will also withhold these sources until the end. (Don’t want you reading ahead).

August 29, 2005

As I sat on my front porch this evening, watching …

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As I sat on my front porch
this evening, watching the golden orb turn black while the lights in the valley below me started to flicker, I reflected on my name. My initials, actually. For that matter, my sister’s also, before she got married. My parents must have had a devious streak. I am actually Robert Bruce Settergren. My sister used to be Barbara Jean Settergren. Now if my parents had gone with Robert Settergren (me) and Jean Settergren (my sister) this BS stuff could have been avoided. But no. (My sister wisely dumped that Fernando Sousa guy -ninth grade, Mayfield Chr. School? or was it 10th grade GR Central Chr. High- and thus avoided a life of BS).

The sad part of the whole thing is, due to my religious upbringing, using the term that my initials represent has been off limits. (Except for a moment of weakness when my friend Dave baited me into a loud outburst when he incorrectly characterized us Presbyterian types as religiously cold and with out any of the Holy Spirit’s warmth. At least I showed him that us Reformed folk could cuss when suitably provoked!)

So now what? Well, I have been on a mission, albeit not one that any sort of Christian would approve of, such as one that would bring relief to a sick and dying world. No. The mission I decided to accept was to find a suitable replacement for the BS term.

My folks have no quarrel with the term ‘drivel’ or ‘nonsense’ or ‘mularkey’ or ‘hogwash’ or many others. The problem is that, while all these terms sort of get the idea across, they lack something. And I am not sure what it is that they lack. Its not a matter of degree, for if it were, I could just say “That’s extreme hogwash”, or “That’s complete drivel”.

It’s more a matter of quality. Or a matter of impact. Even though the term I am seeking to replace is used a lot, it is never overused. It has all the necessary ingredients to get the hearer to realize that what has been said or done is not just stupid or false but also morally indefensible, even reprehensible.

Then I got the bright idea to consult a thesaurus. With that discovery, I thought I may have attained unto BS heaven. Try these: bunk, claptrap, fiddlesticks, folly, foolishness, fudge, humbug, humbuggery, piffle, rot, senselessness, silliness, slush, stupidity, trash, absurdity, asininity, fatuity, foolery, idiocy, imbecility, inanity, insanity, lunacy, absurdness, craziness, madness, witlessness, tomfoolery, gas, hot air, moonshine, rigmarole, twaddle, double-talk.

So, from these I kinda’ like piffle, fatuity and twaddle. But I am open.

And you get to discern what part of my blog is full of twaddle.

August 27, 2005

If you go to this website, you will see what must …

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If you go
to this website, you will see what must be thousands of photos of little Erika Settergren. Well, I am here to tell ‘ya that Erika is scheduled to get photographic disk space competition from a sister or brother on or about April 18, 2006. Congratulations Anthony and Andrea!!!

August 26, 2005

Sorry if this upsets you, but there has been a fo…

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Sorry if this upsets you,
but there has been a focus of late (especially at my sister’s blog where she chronicled her trip to Egypt and Ephesus, check it out here) about a burden for the poor. Well, this is poor.

I am asking for for readers to caption this photo with a Bible verse. I’ll start with Heb. 2:6-8 which reads: It has been testified somewhere, “What is man, that you are mindful of him, or the son of man, that you care for him? You made him for a little while lower than the angels; you have crowned him with glory and honor, putting everything in subjection under his feet.” Now in putting everything in subjection to him, he left nothing outside his control. At present, we do not yet see everything in subjection to him.

Note:You pretty much have to read the whole of Heb. 2 to get enough context to figure out who the ‘hims’ refer to in this passage. Typically, the “son of man” is Jesus but likely not in this case. Given then that the ‘him’ refers to mankind, what gives with mindfulness, care and glory in juxtapostion with this photo? More hard to swallow is the clear statement by the apostle that, in spite of having sufficient control to have rectified the conditions depicted in this photo, “we do not see everything in subjection to him“.

Take time to reflect on what you see here and what you see in scripture that addresses it.

You can read about this photo and the fate of the photographer who took it here.

August 25, 2005

We (the evangelical west) are living out the chaos…

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(the evangelical west) are living out the chaos initiated by the Reformation. Pat R. with his loose cannon underscores the worst case scenarios initiated by the exodus from Rome in the 16th century. There is no centralization of church/religion in the Protestant world. Consequently, when P.R. apologizes for being an idiot, he apologizes to no one in particular and is accountable for it to no one either.

Don’t think that his crime and its irrevocable damage is an isolated case. From Benny Hinn’s wife recommending a “holy ghost enema right up your . . . ” to carpet time in Toronto to T.D. Jakes Arianism to K. Copeland’s “You don’t have a god in you, you are one. Pray to yourself because I’m in your self and you’re in My self. We are one Spirit, saith the Lord.” and on goes the list. (BTW, millionaires, all of them. I want Tetzel back).

But Jesus did say he would build his church. Maybe he is doing the building in the Eastern Orthodox Church.

August 24, 2005

We interrupt our regularly scheduled blogcasting t…

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We interrupt our
regularly scheduled blogcasting to make the following public service announcement: Pat Robertson has lost his mind.

August 23, 2005

Christian knick-knacks may not be big business, bu…

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Christian knick-knacks
may not be big business, but Christian bookstores gotta’ sell something. The books you find there are not worth much. Wait a minute – the knick-knacks are not worth much either. Like the little plaques with “For I know the plans that I have for you,’ declares the LORD, ‘plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope. “

It’s the protestant version of a St. Christopher statue on your dashboard. The problem is they don’t work. Why not?

Maybe the St. Christopher statues don’t work because they are made of plastic. I’m not sure. But the ‘promise box’ application of verses like Jeremiah 29:11 doesn’t work because of improper warrant for using them as promise box verses.


A quick look at how to read the prophets:

1) The prophets, Jeremiah included, served up reminders to the people of Israel of the covenant they were in with God. They re-inforced the punishments for covenant breaches, and the blessings for covenant compliance.

2) These P&B were addressed to the nation of Israel, not to individuals in that nation. This is key.

So, cut it out. Sell your plaques on eBay.

August 21, 2005

I’m a regular party animal. Two nights in a row, n…

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I’m a regular
party animal. Two nights in a row, now, I have been socializing. My anti-social tendencies are breaking down. Our next door neighbor (across the street actually) invited Deb and I over for “coffee”. Turned into a three hour snack feast of cheeses, salami, crackers, fruit, cheese cake, ice cream and, finally, coffee. I forced myself to sit there and be a normal person. This is what people do, I told myself. Being a neighbor is half the law. Neither half of which do I do well at all. But I was there with a nice smile on my mug.

August 20, 2005

Had some friends over tonight to watch the big scr…

Filed under: Uncategorized — ineedsheetmusic @ 6:24 am

Had some friends
over tonight to watch the big screen. So, I wasn’t able to get to the computer. There are still 35 minutes left in my big sister’s birthday. Happy birthday B.

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