Thursday, July 21, 2011

Blessed simplicity, blessed introspection

I just wanted to highlight a couple of posts which display on many levels a blessed simplicity and introspection--one that I'd suggest all brothers and sisters in Christ ought to share.

First, one from Douglas Wilson regarding why immersists don't understand (from a paedobaptist view) the covenant theology of covenant; well, all too many pastors of his perspective don't exactly understand it, either.  Now Wilson is arguing for something with which I profoundly disagree--infant sprinkling instead of believer's immersion--but he gets a hearty AMEN out of me in noting that those who ought to understand these things, and be able to expound them, cannot and do not.  We have Presbyterian and Baptist pastors watching people flit from church to church in the same town, and they're wondering why a Baptist/Presbyterian could so quickly become a Presbyterian/Baptist.  Now apart from the efforts of those like John Piper who de-emphasize the differences on mode of immersion, there is a reality that all too often, the issue is simply that the leadership does not know how to clarify the issues, either.  Hence, it doesn't matter to those in the pews.

Second, Terri from Breathing Grace tells us "I Think I've Run Out Of Things to Say."  Specifically, she notes that a great portion of marriage is really pretty simple--not easy, but simple--and rightly wonders what else really should, or ought, to be said, as all too often, giving one's own example is interpreted as setting one's own example as THE Biblical example.  Or, worse yet, it becomes the de facto Biblical example without anyone ever stopping to question whether it ought to be normative.

That said, the "Wifey Wednesday" series is one that I think does encourage the fairer sex, but if indeed the man is responsible for leadership, maybe there needs to be a masculine counterpart.  How does "Husbandey Hump-Day" sound?  Like many men, it's clumsy with a hint of a double entendre,  so it just might work.

And of course we would try to drag in as much good theology as possible without getting all Chauceresque.

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