De Eerste Kamer heeft de nieuwe donorwet aangenomen. Sommigen blij, anderen niet. Wel raar, een overheid die grossierder wordt in de lijken van haar dode onderdanen. Ik heb er ambivalente gevoelens bij. Aan de ene kant mag de overheid niet zomaar beschikken over de lichamen van haar onderdanen; ook niet na hun dood. Dat kan gewoon helemaal niet. Aan de andere kant is er een schreeuwende behoefte aan orgaandonatie. Er gaan letterlijk mensen dood die gered zouden kunnen worden met een orgaantransplantatie. Dus ik kan het wel een beetje begrijpen. D66 speelt ook wel een beetje dubbelspel, lijkt me, aan de ene kant de maximale individuele vrijheid van het individu voorstaan, maar dan gelijk ook, uh, eigenlijk helemaal niet! Je lichaam behoort de overheid toe, tenzij…
A transcript from audio on the Desiring God website on January 22 gives Piper’s answer to the question: “whether women should be models, mentors, and teachers for those preparing for a role that is biblically designed for spiritual men.” He observes that, unlike in college, in Seminaries a young man “is now submitting himself to a community of teachers who, by their precept and example, are called to shape his mind and his heart for vocational pastoral ministry.” It is therefore Piper’s opinion that to “distinguish the seminary teaching role from the pastoral teaching role in such a way that the biblical restriction to men does not apply to the seminary teaching results in a serious inconsistency.” He concludes that ” in seeking to justify women teacher-mentors for aspiring pastors, one will be hard put to stress that they’re not in the same category as pastors, and thus, as we believe, out of step with the Scriptures.” Read More
According to John Piper “[w]e will find mental health when we stop staring in the mirror, and fix our eyes on the strength and beauty of God.” His tweet on Twitter got plenty of likes and retweets. But is it this true? No, not at all! For a number of reasons.
Blessed are the irrelevant for they shall inherit oblivion! Don Quichotte is on the march again. Waging war against windmills. This time against the coffee grinders of Starbucks. The only reason he is making the news is because he is laughable.
There is a Christianity that knows it all. It has the source of ultimate and true knowledge at its disposal and believes it is able to interpret this truth infallibly for today. It sees itself not merely as the guardian of truth; it also lords it over it. It has all the answers even before questions are asked and considers itself capable to adjudicate who is saved and who is not. Such a Christianity is irrelevant.
Although the resurrection is the story of the unexpected hope breaking forth in the midst of tragedy, loss, and defeat, resurrection is also always the cypher for confusion and enigma. Is not the resurrection both presence and absence, hope and deferment. Does it not bring emptiness in the midst of fulfillment?
No narrative illustrates this better than that of the two men who are on their way to Emmaus.
Je suis Charlie, but I’m also a moron!
The atrocious acts of muslim terrorism give us reason to be worried and upset. There seems to be steady rise in incidents in the West and we witness growing atrocity, as IS trumps Al Quaida violence with the most barbaric cruelty. There are more radical organizations at work too attempting to open more frontiers of islamic jihad. Radical Islam is a threat. Let there be no mistake about this. Yet, the West should examine itself before pretending to be innocent. Islam may be a threat to the West and its libertarian ways, but a close examination of its libertarianism reveals a shallow self-infatuation together with a solid dose of hypocrisy.
Luther’s theology of the cross, it is sometimes asserted, opened the way to the atheism of the modern age. The cross as the symbol of the hiddenness of God in the midst of reality, confounding reason, always harbors the threat of God’s non-being; it is always possible that behind the hiddenness of God behind the cross is nothing; that the veil of the cross will eventually reveal nothingness. The suffering Christ crying out ‘My God, my God, why have You forsaken me’ is truly godforsaken. While Luther did not intend this, of course—for otherwise he would not speak of hiddenness but absence—the cross is always an ambiguous place in his theology. It is a place of paradox. Read More
(My recent blogpost over at Whiteboard//Blip)
There she stood. She had been shamefully and publicly exposed as one committing adultery in a society that has only one outlet for sex: what we would call monogamous heterosexual marriage. Such qualifiers were hardly necessary in that Jewish patriarchal society where she was standing now: exposed; caught in the act. Read More
The Need for Deconstruction in Theological Education
Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth. 1 John 3:18
Much has been said about what happens at the intersection of love, words, and action. Or, rather, the lack of such intersection, as the above quotation from Scripture seems to indicate. Words and actions are often perceived as opposed to each other. Indeed, those in search of love do well to pass by people who spend a great deal of words on it and turn their attention to silent deeds that bespeak love better and louder. Read More
The Resurrection needs to be seen, not as a supernatural in-breaking of God’s power in the natural order, but as a natural event. In fact the resurrection is so natural that we feel compelled to call it supernatural. We have grown estranged from the naturalness of God and God’s creation, such that we consider God at odds with the natural order. How should we see these things? Read More