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Developing Right Thinking (8/29)

It is so critical that we continue to develop right thinking amidst our sinful world.  I’m so thankful for the godly men and women who are diligently addressing the relevant cultural issues.  Each week I come across articles that I believe are worth sharing and I link to them here (usually on Fridays).  I hope you’ll take a few minutes to read and enjoy as you strive to continue to develop right thinking!

NOTE: There is a war going on in our world. A spiritual battle that we must engage in…in the past week this theme was overwhelming. Sadly, it’s all too easy to be distracted by the busyness of life.  However, the battle is raging all about us and it’s so important that we’re aware of what’s going on and are thinking soundly about these issues.

Twin Reduction Abortions: Why Do They Trouble Pro-Choicers? – William Saletan (Slate) – I hadn’t even heard of ‘reductions’ until I read this article…”According to Sunday’s New York Times Magazine, demand is rising for “reduction” procedures in which a woman carrying twins keeps one and has the other aborted.”
Will We Protect the Little One? – John Knight (Desiring God) – A quick look at children with Down Syndrome with the encouragement to: “Church, please, trust God and pursue the good of these little ones, for his glory and for your good. Soak in God’s word and embrace his sovereignty over all things before the challenge comes.”
False Start? The Controversy Over Adam and Eve Heats Up – Dr. Albert Mohler (Southern Baptist Theological Seminary) – A good piece identify the growing support for the dismissal of the historical Adam and Eve and the drastic affect that has on the message of the gospel. “In terms of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, the most urgent question related to beginnings has to do with the questions related to the existence of Adam and Eve as the first parents to all humanity and to the reality of the Fall as the explanation for human sinfulness and all that comes with sin.”
A Laboratory for Christianity’s Destruction – Dr. Albert Mohler (Southern Baptist Theological Seminary) – “A church that lacks the doctrinal conviction and courage necessary to prosecute an atheist pastor for heresy is a church that lost its Christian identity — a long time ago…All this is familiar, at least in general terms, to anyone who has been observing mainline Protestantism — in either the United States or Europe — for the last half-century or more. The central doctrines of Christianity are first sidelined and hardly mentioned, then revised, and finally rejected.”
Do I Leave My Church to Take a Job Elsewhere – Jonathan Leeman (9Marks) – Just worked through this with a friend recently.  There are times where this comes up and Leeman does a good job working through the important questions to ask.  It may not be as cut and dry as you’d think.
Sobering Report on College Drinking – Kevin DeYoung (Gospel Coalition) – I don’t know where you land on the issue of drinking. I know some Christians that drink and others that don’t and both sides have attempted to take a Biblical approach to the issue. However, the Bible’s pretty clear that drunkenness is wrong and yet it’s often a huge issue among college-age students.  DeYoung address some of the key issues and suggests five suggestions for responding appropriately as a believer.

About Marshall Walter

Marshall Walter is the College Pastor at Grace Brethren Church in Simi Valley. Married to Beka, the two of them enjoying living life and sharing in ministry together.


4 thoughts on “Developing Right Thinking (8/29)

  1. it’s right to develop critical thinking, not critical to develop right thinking

    the problem of “right” thinking is that the clarity of vision required to think that you’re right means you’re missing a huge part of the picture

    Posted by Random Ntrygg | August 30, 2011, 10:24 am
    • In and of ourselves it’s impossible to have the clarity necessary to think ‘rightly’. However, if we hold to the Bible as our standard of truth then it is critical for us to align our thinking in accordance with its teachings. In that case, I believe the develop of ‘right’ thinking is an extremely critical thing (defining ‘right’ thinking as thinking that is in accordance to the teachings of the Bible).

      Posted by Marshall Walter | August 30, 2011, 1:07 pm
      • you are using critical to mean urgent, and I am using critical in the context of being rational and evidenced based, being able to determine validity and to tell the difference between facts and fictions

        this being the case, the bible is not a guide, it is historically inaccurate and wildly interpretive since it is not internally consistent.

        we need human based and centred thinking to solve human problems – not magical or wishful thinking

        Posted by Random Ntrygg | August 30, 2011, 2:00 pm
      • I think it’s clear that with our opposing world views we are going to have a hard time agreeing on this issue. I would argue that I too am using critical in the context of being rational and evidenced based – it’s very important that we know what is true and are able to evaluate the fictions of life in light of that truth.

        Our issue is that we disagree about the accuracy and authority of the Bible. Time and again it has been found historically accurate and is renowned for it’s remarkably consistency. I’ll gladly stake my life on its claims and hold to the truth it teaches – I do not believe that this is wishful thinking or magical. Rather, I have found it to be the source of all truth and a fitting tool to teach, reprove, correct and train in light of human problems.

        Our human thinking has created our human problems – perhaps it’s time we recognize this fact and adjust our thinking accordingly?

        Posted by Marshall Walter | August 30, 2011, 5:37 pm

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