The “Ten Items of Interest” (originally 20 items) is a feature I did at Caffeinated Thoughts. I thought due to the eclectic nature of my “items of interests posts” it would be better to have them here sans politics – I have other outlets for that. I’m going to attempt to make this a weekly thing.
1. Proof that cats are indeed evil (other than the picture above). The Urbandale (Iowa) police are looking for a black cat who bit two kids on beggars night. Getting bit by a black cat the night before Halloween. If I were a superstitious person I’d think that a bit odd.
3. The Ubi… HT: TechCrunch
4. What is the right thing in parenting children? Via Doug Wilson
The fundamental right thing is to see the relationships rightly, to understand what is going on. What is your relationship to God, and how can you mimic that in your relationship with your children? Therefore be imitators of God, Paul says, as dearly loved children (Eph. 5:1). We are to be children to God, and this will help us understand how our children are to be children to us. We are to learn the nature of all our authoritative relationships by imitation.
5. Can we judge someone’s salvation? C. Michael Patton responds to the statement, “you can’t judge a person’s salvation.”
I am not the judge of whether someone is a Christian or not. I am not the judge of whether someone has true faith or not. But why does this mean that I can’t make informed judgments about a person’s status?
Rarely would someone call foul if I believed someone was not a Christian when they themselves confessed that they weren’t a Christian. After all, if someone claims to be an atheist, since there is an element of embarrassment to this confession, then it is very easy to take them at their word. However, my belief that they are not a Christian does not judge them to be so, it just makes a judgment that their confession is probably true.
6. This reflects my ability to teach math.
HT: Erik Raymond
7. What is one of the greatest doctrinal threats facing the church? Michael Horton says religious pluralism.
Religious pluralism has not only made us more aware of other beliefs, which is good, so that we’re explicit about what we believe and why, it has made us more vulnerable to the belief that religion is really about morality. It’s about being nice. It’s about being good. It’s about loving each other. It’s not really about the intervention of God in human history, assuming our flesh, dying on the cross, and being raised the third day for our justification, His return in judgment, and a real Heaven and a real Hell. To the extent that we’ve already turned religion into morality—something we do rather than something that God has done for us—to that extent, religious pluralism will mean, not only that there are lots of people of different religions we must respect and to whom we have to witness, but rather that there are all of these wonderful people who have their sources of morality just as we do, and we need to realize that there are different paths to God. Increasingly that’s where we’re going with a lot of pastors, telling believers that Jesus is the best way of pursuing community and self-sacrifice, but not the One who was sacrificed for our sins and raised for our justification.
9. Theologian trading cards. Hey I’ll trade you Martin Luther for Augustine of Hippo!
10. How you can respond to your pro-choice friends. Thoughts from Scott Klusendorf.
That’s it, I’m out.