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I ran into an interesting web site today. The title is awkward... but the content is pretty good. 

Here are some articles that I read one right after another today:

Categoría: Stray Thoughts

The Palestinian Covenant is the Basis for the New Covenant

Let's think about this... the Abrahamic covenant (Gen 12, 15, 22, etc.) promised land, seed, and blessing to Abraham and his physical descendants. The Mosaic covenant was made with his seed (descendants) and the promised blessing was to come through that seed in the land as they obeyed and fulfilled their covenant agreement of Exodus 19.8. 

Within the context of the Mosaic covenant (the Mosaic Law being the stipulations of the covenant) God made another covenant with Israel: (Deut 29-30) the Palestinian covenant. I find myself describing this as the "life and land" covenant because it set the requirements for LIFE (Dt 30.6, 16, 16, 19) and for that life to be lived in blessing in the LAND (v3, 5, 16, 20). 

The overarching condition of participation in the Palestinian covenant (the condition to inherit LIFE and the LAND) was "devotion" (see the previous study on Israel and the Church, specifically pages 17-24 in the accompanying PDF).

God required repentance, faith, submission, and obedience; those are all summed up in one word: devotion.

The Webster's Encyclopedic Unabridged Dictionary of the English Language defines devotion as "profound dedication, consecration; earnest attachment to a cause, person, etc." It gives as synonyms "zeal" and "ardor." And at the very end of the definition in this unabridged dictionary are these words: "See love." Love God with ALL your heart, soul, mind, and strength!

Well... with that in mind... 

Isn't it interesting that in Romans 10, the chapter that deals with "Israel's Present" and salvation in the Church Age, Paul quotes Deuteronomy 30.11-14, a key passage in the Palestinian covenant?

Leer más: Palestinian Covenant: Basis for the New

Categoría: Dispensations

The Pastor-Theologian: Valuable and Necessary

an article by Derek J. Brown

Pastors of what seems like a long-lost era were doctrinally grounded and biblically saturated, to be sure; but they were also well-read in other important branches of study—literature, economics, politics, philosophy, and science—and were therefore able to apply biblical truth to these areas of inquiry with keen spiritual and intellectual skill, helping their people think theologically about major trends within the church and the greater society.

Most importantly, the pastor was a theologian. Today, however, the pastoral office is no longer viewed in such categories.

...the larger contemporary church has loaded the pastoral role with responsibilities and expectations that hinder if not altogether prohibit the work of theology. The pastor is seen chiefly as a “leader, organization builder, administrator, coach, inspirer, endless problem solver, spiritual pragmatist, and so much more.” For a pastor to consider how he might engage in important doctrinal discussions and cultural issues, pursue some form of theological writing, and make scholarly contributions to the larger Christian academy is to indulge in pointless fantasy

The pastor-theologian, despite what history may tell us, appears to be an ecclesiastical impossibility in our current age.

Greg's Comments:To the extent that local churches refuse to support pastor-teachers with their loyalty and "honor," we will not have these kinds of men in our pulpits leading us. As the saying goes, "You get what you pay for" and churches today do not value pastor-teachers.

Source: https://fromthestudy.com/2018/04/24/the-value-and-necessity-of-the-pastor-theologian/

Categoría: Ministry

Some quotes that resonate with me these days...

Bruce Schneier: “Don’t make the mistake of thinking you’re Facebook’s customer, you’re not – you’re the product. Its customers are the advertisers.”

Mark Weinstein: “You as a Facebook user are not the customer. You are the product they sell.” 

Edward Morrissey: “You’re not Facebook’s customer. You’re Facebook’s product.” 

Brian Stelter: “You know, Facebook’s free. If something’s free, that means you’re the product.”

blue_beetle: “If you are not paying for it, you’re not the customer; you’re the product being sold.” 

Content Article: "To the extent that our personal data has become a product, it’s because we—and our representatives in government—have allowed it to happen... If you aren’t paying for it with money, you’re paying for it in other ways. Whether it’s your time, your privacy, or your intellectual property, you’re giving over to Facebook something of value every time you use it."

Source: https://slate.com/technology/2018/04/are-you-really-facebooks-product-the-history-of-a-dangerous-idea.html

Categoría: Technology