But I also felt uncomfortable because I'm over 40, single, and childless.
Mother's Day is a celebration earmarked for minivan–driving women with a gaggle of children—not women like me.
, also called the Pentateuch, or the first five books of the Bible.
Israel’s greatest king clearly also regarded the Law very highly.
by Scott Croft If you're reading this, you're interested in dating. In our society, dating has become something of an obsession. It's just something you do if you're single and of age (and that age is quickly dropping) in America. In fact, depending on which statistics one believes, the divorce rate for professing Christians may actually be higher than for Americans as a whole.
You've done it, you're doing it, you'd like to do it, or you need to teach somebody else how to do it. It is considered the natural precursor to marriage, and is generally considered something to be desired, whatever form it might take. If you were to Google the word "matchmaker," you would receive something in the neighborhood of 12,100,000 responses — with a few of these outfits claiming to be Christian, but most making no such claim. As evangelical Christians, we're called to be distinct in the ways we think and act about all issues that confront us and those around us. Granted, not all of these people are evangelicals, but we're not doing so well either.
I had the privilege of speaking at a church last Mother's Day.
Dan Brown’s was a best-seller because it challenged the plain meaning of Scripture by introducing a ‘hidden’ element (as well as his revisionism about the Canon—see the articles under What about the claims of The Da Vinci Code? The first people to claim that there was a message beyond the plain words of Scripture were the Gnostics.Probably to counter some form of this belief, in John’s first epistle, he adapts his prologue from his Gospel to reassert the physical nature of Jesus who, he says, “we looked at and touched with our hands” (1 John 1:1). Some scholars think that the proto-Gnostics misused John’s Gospel to develop their heresy, which included giving new meaning and significance to key terms in that Gospel; and that John in his epistle is now reclaiming the language they’ve co-opted in order to argue strongly against their views.This form of interpretation is not usually associated with heresy, as those who use it do not usually the plain meaning of Scripture. Bruce noted: “If commentators are not content to confine themselves to the literal and surface meaning, their symbolic interpretations are likely to reflect their own mode of thinking rather than the evangelist’s intention.” He gives the example of Origen’s interpretation of the Samaritan woman’s five husbands (John ) as the five senses, “by which the human soul is governed before it comes to faith in Christ, although elsewhere he [Origen] takes them to mean the five books of the law, which the Samaritans acknowledged as canonical.” When a text’s plain meaning is neglected in favor of an allegorical interpretation, it can be used to teach practically anything the interpreter wants to use it for.That's what I hope this column will be about — applying God's Word to the topic of dating, finding a spouse, and getting married. After this column, you have my word that I'll spend the next several months answering your questions (that is, when I have answers). I have to start by explaining the theological doctrine that drives the approach I want to outline (and advocate).That doctrine is called the sufficiency of Scripture.
We have brothers and sisters in Christ to hold us accountable and to help us apply the Word to our lives.