Archive for March, 2007

Cute Twinnies

Thursday, March 8th, 2007

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In this photo, I believe Sarah and Laura are twenty years old. Girls, it seems like forever since you both were in the family home, or as Philip calls it now, The Homestead. May the Lord continue to bless you as you go your separate ways. I miss you both!

Some Weird Made-Up Words

Thursday, March 8th, 2007

Philip brought the following interesting additions to popular vocabulary to my attention. Thanks, Philip!

The Washington Post’s Mensa Invitational asks readers to take any word from the dictionary, alter it by adding, subtracting, or changing one letter, and supply a new definition.

Here are last year’s {2005} winners:

1. Cashtration (n.): The act of buying a house, which renders the subject financially impotent for an indefinite period of time.

3. Intaxication: Euphoria at getting a tax refund, which lasts until you realize it was your money to start with.

4. Reintarnation: Coming back to life as a hillbilly.

5. Bozone (n.): The substance surrounding stupid people that stops bright ideas from penetrating. The bozone layer, unfortunately, shows little sign of breaking down in the near future.

6 . Giraffiti: Vandalism spray-painted very, very high

7 . Sarchasm: The gulf between the author of sarcastic wit and the person who doesn’t get it.

8 . Inoculatte: To take coffee intravenously when you are running late.

9 . Hipatitis: Terminal coolness.

10 . Osteopornosis: A degenerate disease.

11 . Karmageddon: It’s like, when everybody is sending off all these really bad vibes, right? And then, like, the Earth explodes and it’s like, a serious bummer.

12 . Decafalon (n.): The grueling event of getting through the day consuming only things that are good for you

13 . Glibido: All talk and no action.

14 . Dopeler effect: The tendency of stupid ideas to seem smarter when they come at you rapidly.

15 . Arachnoleptic fit (n.): The frantic dance performed just after you’ve accidentally walked through a spider web.

16 . Beelzebug (n.): Satan in the form of a mosquito, that gets into your bedroom at three in the morning and cannot be cast out.

17 . Caterpallor (n.): The color you turn after finding half a worm in the fruit you’re eating.

Just Couldn’t Resist :)

Wednesday, March 7th, 2007

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This photo is of Cadetie, Teesie and Biddo (otherwise known as Rebecca, Kayla, and Lydia). I think Rebecca is 8, Kayla is 13 and Lydia is 6, almost 7, in this photo. Ah, the sweet, rambunctious-ness of those girls. 😀

Sola Scriptura, NOT Solo Scriptura

Wednesday, March 7th, 2007

Today I read an excellent article by Dr. C. Matthew McMahon on the blog A Puritan’s Mind. This article explained the problems presented by an erroneous system of understanding the Bible.

Those who wish to interpret the Bible for themselves, apart from the consensus of godly church leaders of the past, practice something called Solo Scriptura. Some express this point of view by saying things such as, “No doctrine but Jesus.” In an extreme form, those who hold to Solo Scriptura interpret the Bible for themselves, totally apart from the accepted Confessions of Faith of the church.

In the article, Dr. McMahon defines and explains the orthodox system of understanding the Bible, which is called Sola Scriptura. Sola Scriptura is harmonious with the regula fidei of the Church, or the basic summary of the orthodox position of the Bible.

Here is a portion of Dr. McMahon’s article:

We know that everyone who reads the Bible can find life and truth there. Salvation is contained therein, and even the ploughboy can understand it. All things necessary for salvation and concerning faith and life are taught in the Bible clearly enough for the ordinary believer to find it there and understand. The Westminster Confession of Faith states, “All things in Scripture are not alike plain in themselves, nor alike clear unto all: yet those things which are necessary to be known, believed, and observed for salvation, are so clearly propounded, and opened in some place of Scripture or other, that not only the learned, but the unlearned, in a due use of the ordinary means, may attain unto a sufficient understanding of them. (II Peter 3:16; Psa. 119:105, 130; Deut. 29:29; 30:10-14; Acts 17:11) This is true. But that does not argue that everything in the Bible is clearly understood. Otherwise, we would have no need of teacher or pastor to teach us or have pastoral oversight to us.

So, how do we know someone has interpreted the Bible rightly? How do we know our interpretation of a given passage is right? We cannot simply shout Sola Scriptura. That would be bad stewardship. Rather, we would want to know what the church thought about such issues through its history.

Here’s just one more great quote:

When someone disregards the regula fidei, or the testimony of the early church, or the traditional interpretation of Scripture, or the corporate judgment of the church, they are creating a kind of schism that ought never to be, but has crept into the mindset of current evangelicalism as Sola Scriptura. It is nothing of the kind. Rather, it is an appeal to Tradition 0. The enlightenment has done a number on modern evangelicals in that they say that no generation should be bound by the creeds and dogmas of the church. This again is an appeal to Tradition 0. It rejects authority at it root and base. Tradition 1 must be defined as the rule of faith that nothing contrary to it can be true. Christians, as Hodge said, cannot stand isolated from one another having their own selfish creeds. Rather, rejecting the creeds of the church is to reject the fellowship of believers at its core. We must continue to have a corporate, not individual, witness of common doctrine of the church under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, or we will forever become islands to ourselves. That is not the doctrine of Sola Scriptura, which is the banner of schism.

Feels Like Spring to Me

Tuesday, March 6th, 2007

Today is the day . . . It truly feels like spring! The temp is 60, which is amazing, since last Thursday, March 1st, we had a sudden afternoon hail storm followed by a dump of snow. That snow stuck around for about three days.

But today . . . there is a balmy breeze. Today . . . there is a smell of fertile spring soil. Best of all, the birds are singing and busily chattering. I do believe “Spring has sprung”. Though not officially, of course. 🙂