Monthly Archives: August 2010

How to change water into fire

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I love satire…

… especially when it hits its target. Enjoy this quote from an endorsment of the upcoming release of Dr. Michael Kruger’s book The Heresy of Orthodoxy : How Contemporary Culture’s Fascination with Diversity Has Reshaped Our Understanding of Early Christianity

“‘In the beginning was diversity. And the diversity was with God, and the diversity was God. Without diversity was nothing made that was made. And it came to pass that nasty old ‘orthodox’ people narrowed down diversity and finally squeezed it out, dismissing it as heresy. But in the fullness of time (which is of course our time), Diversity rose up and smote orthodoxy hip and thigh. Now, praise be, the only heresy is orthodoxy.’ As widely and as unthinkingly accepted as this reconstruction is, it is historical nonsense:  the emperor has no clothes.  I am grateful to Andreas Kostenberger and Michael Kruger for patiently, carefully, and politely exposing this shameful nakedness for what it is.” –D.A. Carson

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Pity the Auditor

The internet has provided us with an incredible ability to check facts and trace sources.  It has democratized the office of whistle-blower.  But there have been some very deleterious effects on our ability, as a culture, to be grateful.  We can no longer appreciate and admire that which is less than perfect.  This is because we have all been turned into auditors.  The auditor comes in and doesn’t seek to produce anything.  The auditor comes in to find error and nothing else.  His whole raison d’etre is to uproot and not to plant.  Producing and building is foreign to the auditor.  Beauty and goodness are categories that are completely irrelevant to the auditor for his search is for that which is flawed and inconsistent.  Auditing certainly has its place.  Straightening out misinformation has its place.  Blowing the whistle on the lies that are stinkin’ up the joint has its place.  But when we become enamored with finding fault and searching out error, we lose our ability to produce and build.  Our palate becomes trained to enjoy the taste of tearing down, and has forgotten the joy of gratitude and the thrill of being productive.  Continue reading

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