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100 Women

Missionary Blogs - Fri, 07/03/2015 - 17:51
There are 3,000 kids that go to CRIT (treatment facility for special needs kids). 3,000! That means that there are about 5,000 caretakers coming to CRIT with the kids and most of them are moms. I do...

Catching Up

Missionary Blogs - Fri, 07/03/2015 - 13:00
I am a little behind on updating about our day to day life.  This post will cover the past two weeks.  Week before last Cruz was on a school break.  They were out for 1.5 weeks. ...

None dare call it racism

Simon Cozen's Blog - Fri, 07/03/2015 - 12:37
Language Undefined

I’ve been thinking about this article a lot this week. I’ve seen a number of racist, sexist and homophobic opinions from people who would swear up and down they’re not racist, sexist or homophobic. As Daniel Ames says in the linked article, “They’re not lying, they’re just wrong.”

But this is where I think Crystal Moten misses the point. As as soon as you call out behaviour as racist, sexist or homophobic, the perpetrators will think that you are talking about someone else, never them, because nobody ever thinks those labels apply to them. We evaluate these terms against our subjective feelings, and we find that we are absolved.

How else can you understand a sentence like “We believe prejudice to be Biblically wrong, but the whole plan of God shows that races should not intermarry”? (To pick a surprisingly recent example.) The person who said that does not think of themselves as racist. They check: No, I don’t feel any personal animosity towards black people, therefore I’m not a racist. Anyway, it’s not my fault; I’m just repeating the clear teaching of Scripture.

So I think we need to talk not about racism or sexism or homophobia but instead about discrimination, about treating people differently, which is an objective measure and nothing to do with personal feelings. We can then at least have a conversation about whether that discrimination is warranted or not. But if we talk about racism or sexism or homophobia, that conversation can’t even take place.

Subject tags: theologyevangelicalism

Jacob Arminius. Theologian of Grace– Part Four

Ben Witherington - Bible and Culture - Fri, 07/03/2015 - 02:40
BEN: Arminius seems to work hard to avoid making God the author of sin, or of anything evil for that matter, including the Fall. He is very willing to talk about God’s ‘permissive’ will when this subject comes up, though he does talk about God permitting such things for two reasons: 1) because he has [Read More...]

The Big Pic Day

Missionary Blogs - Thu, 07/02/2015 - 13:37

Why the Old Testament – Ethnic Tensions

Missionary Blogs - Thu, 07/02/2015 - 12:00
Three weeks ago, I introduced a series of blogs on the rationale for translating the Old Testament into the languages of Africa. As I stated in the introduction, there are a number of good reasons to...

Jacob Arminius. Theologian of Grace– Part Three

Ben Witherington - Bible and Culture - Thu, 07/02/2015 - 02:36
BEN: There is also a strong emphasis early on in the book on what is called the ‘intellectualist’ approach to the nature of God, which is to say that God’s knowledge is given priority over God’s will in the divine attributes. This in turn seems to lead Arminius in a very different direct than Calvin [Read More...]

Things I've Learned from my Grandma

Missionary Blogs - Wed, 07/01/2015 - 20:42
Alice Jean Harrison July 16, 1922- June 17, 2015Grandma, You were loved and showed us how to love. We miss you but rejoice that you are with Jesus!  Here are some photo's I've found in...

Sweet Opportunities

Missionary Blogs - Wed, 07/01/2015 - 17:13
Larry preaching and Jaynie translatingA lot of great things have been happening in our church in Cusco.  Our friend Larry Chandler and his daughter Jaynie and her friend Ashley have greatly...

Staycation: Day 7 --Mini Golf

Missionary Blogs - Wed, 07/01/2015 - 10:30
For our last day of Staycation...we were planning on going swimming...but the weather did not cooperate. But, being the overplanning parents that we are, we had a backup plan.This is our kids, being...

Staycation: Day 6 - Magaul Bird Park

Missionary Blogs - Wed, 07/01/2015 - 10:29
For Day 6 of our Epic Staycation, we headed to Magaul Bird Park--- located inside Subic Freeport. First impressions....the entrance to the park was like running a gauntlet of bird calls.....with...

July 2015 Newsletter

Missionary Blogs - Wed, 07/01/2015 - 09:31
Greetings from Guatemala!  We began the month of June at a Prayer Retreat with a few other IMB missionary families.  It was a great time of fellowship and refreshing for us all. ...

New Believers

Missionary Blogs - Wed, 07/01/2015 - 09:01
On Saturday, I got to attend a baptism service with Jill. It was held on Saturday because several area churches that do not have their own baptistry or water supply were all combining their baptism...

May/June 2015 For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labour of love

Missionary Blogs - Wed, 07/01/2015 - 05:30
May/June 2015  For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labour of love, which ye have shewed toward his name, in that ye have ministered to the saints, and do minister.  Hebrews...

Jacob Arminius, Theologian of Grace– Part Two

Ben Witherington - Bible and Culture - Wed, 07/01/2015 - 02:33
BEN: Jacob Arminius seems to be a frequently misrepresented theologian, whose works have been neglected, and lack readily accessible translations into English from the Latin and Dutch. To what would you attribute this neglect, and would you see this as an explanation for why his theology is so often caricatured in various unhelpful ways? KEITH: [Read More...]


Missionary Blogs - Tue, 06/30/2015 - 13:12
We spent the past several days in the town of Jocotan with some other IMB missionary families attending a training conference.  Our colleagues Marty and Melissa Childers traveled down to lead...

Hebrews in Eight Minutes– Courtesy of the Bible Project

Ben Witherington - Bible and Culture - Tue, 06/30/2015 - 02:18
Kudos to Vivian Sawyer for finding this. It’s got some helpful points, though it ignores the rhetorical character of Hebrews unfortunately.

A Dear Reunion

Missionary Blogs - Mon, 06/29/2015 - 23:43

Open Bible Convention

Missionary Blogs - Mon, 06/29/2015 - 14:44
I've been in the US at an Open Bible Convention and a meeting with our Open Bible missionaries in Philadelphia, PA. It was a great time - even though I was jet-lagged most of the first conference. I...
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