Posts from — June 2007
Many FV proponents argue, correctly, I believe, that they are only saying what has been said before, time and again by the Reformers themselves, and others throughout the history of Reformed Theology. Steve Wilkins, at the 2003 AAPC, gave a whirlwind of quotes at one point that stands out in my mind as one of the strongest proofs for this FV position. Mark Horne more recently demonstrated that Calvin spoke in a way that, I’m confident, many FV opponents would not be comfortable speaking (to put it lightly).
Many FV proponents also argue that we should not feel constrained by 17th century language and formulations (and I assume they would feel the same about the 16th century). We should speak to the needs of our day, to our people, in ways that are relevant in our time. I also agree with them on this point.
However, I wonder if FV guys are failing to apply the second point to the first? All the controversy surrounding this FV stuff certainly applies as the needs of our day, doesn’t it? Why do FV guys argue so strongly for using language that rubs against the Reformed culture as it has changed over the past 400 years or so? Would it be so difficult to use the language common and accepted by most in our day to work out these doctrines? Is it impossible to do so, or is it that there’s a little flame inside of us that likes the rebellion, and likes the fight, especially when we honestly can defend ourselves with accepted, even honored, historical positions? We are Machen’s Warrior Children, afterall, right?
Maybe we FV folks should take our own advice and take a step towards those that are throwing accusations against us? Speak to them with language that they understand?
June 28, 2007 No Comments
I updated my Books Read page.
June 27, 2007 No Comments
June 21, 2007 2 Comments
This past weekend we, Providence Church, had our 4th Annual Conference on the Family with Douglas and Nancy Wilson. Things went mostly well, and I think everyone had a good time and received good teaching. Recordings of the conference talks will be for sale at some point if you’re interested.
But we Okimotos didn’t fair so well. Friday, the day before the conference, our youngest daughter woke up with a fever. We spoke with the young lady that we had arranged to babysit for us, and she said she didn’t mind. We were thankful.
Then, at about 2:30 Saturday morning, the boy wakes up and he’s burning up. We had planned on bringing him with us to the conference, but knew that wouldn’t work with him being sick. So Megan ended up staying at home for the conference. I went to the conference to help things run smoothly and get the recordings.
Sunday rolled around, and the oldest child had some sniffles and I was concerned that she and her sister would be a vector, and so, again, Megan stayed home with the kids. This time, though, I also stayed home. I went in early to church to get everything set up for the service, and then went back home.
There was also an open house later in the evening with the Wilsons, so our congregation could meet and fellowship with them. I offered stay home with the kids so Megan could at least say hi to Nancy, but she opted to spend Father’s Day with us. We ended up having to deliver the plates and napkins and all that rot, so we had a bit of a jammy ride for the kiddos. They weren’t going to bed at six o’clock, but they wanted a jammy ride so much that they went ahead and got jammied up.
Megan made me a coconut cream pie for Father’s Day, and it was delicious, as expected. I also received gifts… two Harry and the Potters cds, which completes my collection of their normal albums. I figure I’ll have to get one more to cover book 7, for which anticipation is steadily growing.
June 19, 2007 1 Comment
Yesterday we went up to the Peaks of Otter for a Church picnic yesterday, and as we were packing up to leave, we saw a black bear. It was tromping along in the woods maybe fifty feet in from the road. It was going parallel to the road, so we were able to just walk along and observe it. Pretty exciting. As luck would have it, I didn’t bring the camera.
At one point the bear was in a clearing, and it stopped and looked around and spotted us. The bear obviously had no regard for humans… it noticed us, but that’s about all it did. We were scarcely a blip on its radar.
I tried to get a teen aged friend to go tackle the bear, but he refused for some reason.
I was tempted to go Dwight Schrute about the Black Bear, but I resisted.
June 11, 2007 1 Comment