Mounce Archive 14 – The Joys of Shortening Greek Sentences (Eph 3:17)

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Everyone needs a break once in a while, and Bill Mounce is taking one from his weekly column on biblical Greek until September. Meanwhile, we’ve hand-picked some classic, popular posts from the “Mondays with Mounce” archive for your summer reading and Greek-studying pleasure.

Today’s “classic” post deals with Greek sentences that go on and on and on and …. Mounce uses Eph 3:17 as an example text and ends with a stirring reflection:

“So much of our training as theologians and exegetes is to attain knowledge. I wonder what school would look like if our goal were to learn that which extends far beyond knowledge, to learn the love of Christ?”

Consider the excerpt below or read the original here.

Paul begins by saying that he bows before God (v 14), and follows by asking for…

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Remember Your Dignity [Awakening Faith]

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If we claim to have fellowship with him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live out the truth. (1 John 1:6)

Dearly beloved, today our Savior is born; let us rejoice. Sadness should have no place on the birthday of life. The fear of death has been swallowed up; life brings us joy with the promise of eternal happiness.

No one is shut out from this joy; all share the same reason for rejoicing. Our Lord, victor over sin and death, finding no person free from sin, came to free us all. Let the saints rejoice as they see the palm of victory. Let the sinners be glad as they receive the offer of forgiveness. Let the pagans take courage as they are summoned to life. In the fullness of time, chosen in the unfathomable…

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The Disconnect Between Leadership and Marriage or Singleness – An Excerpt from The Emotionally Healthy Leader

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The Emotionally Healthy Leader by Peter Scazzero

Going beyond simply offering a quick fix or new technique, bestselling author Peter Scazzero engages beneath-the-surface issues unique to Christian leadership in The Emotionally Healthy Leader. Interact with this excerpt today which challenges our default thinking about marriage and singleness in standard practice:

Understanding Marriage and Singleness as Vocations

Every Christian has the same primary calling or vocation: We are called to Jesus, by Jesus, and for Jesus. Our first call is to love him with our whole being and to love our neighbor as ourselves. Biblical writers use many analogies to describe our relationship with God (shepherd/sheep, master/slave, parent/child), but marriage is perhaps the most comprehensive and “least inadequate” (Ezekiel 16; Mark 2:19 – 20; Revelation 19 – 22).

In ancient…

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[Common Places] New Studies in Dogmatics: Sanctification

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Writing invariably involves paths both foreseen and surprising. Preparing this volume on sanctification has involved both experiences.

Previous work on soteriology more broadly (The Christ’s Faith: A Dogmatic Account) and justification specifically (Justification and the Gospel: Understanding the Contexts and Controversies) led me to believe that writing a volume on sanctification would be a logical next step for me personally. Furthermore, controversies and debates regarding sanctification have grown increasingly feisty in recent years: they involve not only Christian conversation with non-Christian ideologies regarding morality and ethics (most blatantly evident in disagreements over sexuality and gender), but they also regard internecine discussions amongst evangelicals and even, specifically, between persons in my own Reformed tradition (regarding, e.g., the third use of the law in gospel ministry). For personal and public reasons, then, this writing project appeared needful and…

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Flash Sale: “A Doubter’s Guide to the Bible” and “Raised?” eBooks Just $1.99

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Until July 3, 2015, these two eBooks are just $1.99 apiece:

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“A wonderful tour guide through the high points [of the Bible], dealing directly with the questions people have while explaining the gist of what is going on in Scripture. It is a tour well worth taking because it is led by such a competent guide.” –Darrell Bock, Senior Research Professor of New Testament, Dallas Theological Seminary

 

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Do You Reflect These 4 Characteristics of an Emotionally Unhealthy Leader?

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The Emotionally Healthy Leader by Peter Scazzero

When you think of an unhealthy leader, who do you picture? What kinds of adjectives would you use to describe them?

Angry, controlling, aggressive?

Avoidant, inauthentic, passive?

Unaware, self-absorbed, over-worked?

Here’s how Peter Scazzero describes such a leader in his new guide on the matter, The Emotionally Healthy Leader:

The emotionally unhealthy leader is someone who operates in a continuous state of emotional and spiritual deficit, lacking emotional maturity and a “being with God” sufficient to sustain their “doing for God.” (25)

Leaders who ignore their own emotional and spiritual health will suffer and will hurt others around them. As Scazzero explains, “The deficits of emotionally unhealthy leaders impact virtually every area of their lives and leadership.” (25) Which is why it’s crucial for ministry leaders to honestly self-evaluate their leadership.

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Mounce Archive 13 — How Should Bible Translations Deal with Metaphors?

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Everyone needs a break once in a while, and Bill Mounce is taking one from his weekly column on biblical Greek until September. Meanwhile, we’ve hand-picked some classic, popular posts from the “Mondays with Mounce” archive for your summer reading and Greek-studying pleasure.

Today’s “classic” asks a question Mounce asked over five years ago regarding Bible translations and metaphors: Where should Bible translations draw the line when it comes to the texts use of metaphors?

Mounce provides three solid examples to illustrate why his question is important, concluding:

The Bible was not written at a “Dick and Jane” (another metaphor) level. It is deeply textured, and there is a beauty and depth to how the biblical writers were inspired to communicate God’s truth. It is a challenge to find that center ground between presenting God’s truth to a new culture and language in ways that are…

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Unshaken Courage [Awakening Faith]

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Therefore, “they are before the throne of God and serve him day and night in his temple; and he who sits on the throne will shelter them with his presence. ‘Never again will they hunger; never again will they thirst. The sun will not beat down on them,’ nor any scorching heat.” (Revelation 7:15 – 16)

“The sufferings of this present time are not to be compared with the glory that is to be revealed in us” (Rom. 8:18). Who would not wholeheartedly strive after such glory, to become a friend of God and immediately rejoice with Christ, to receive heavenly rewards after earth’s torment and suffering? Soldiers of this world take pride in triumphantly returning to their home country after they have defeated the enemy. How much greater is the glory in returning triumphantly to heaven after conquering the…

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Extracurricular Activities 6.27.15 — Racial Heresy, Hengel’s ‘Crucifixion,’ and Book of Mormon History

Jeremy Bouma on 1 week ago.

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Al Mohler on the The Heresy of Racial Superiority

Among Christians, the word heresy must be used with care and precision. Not every doctrinal error is a heresy, though all doctrinal error is to be avoided. A heresy is the denial or corruption of a Christian doctrine that is central to the faith and essential to the gospel. The late theologian Harold O. J. Brown defined heresy as a doctrinal error “so important that those who believe it, who the church calls heretics, must be considered to have abandoned the faith.”

Today, we just recognize and condemn another heresy that has reared its ugly head in recent days, and murderously so. The killing of nine worshippers gathered at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina is a hideous demonstration of the deadly power of this heresy. The…

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Professors, Reimagine the Pastorate; Pastors, Don’t Bury Your Gift — An Excerpt from “The Pastor Theologian”

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The Pastor-Theologian by Gerald Hiestand and Todd Wilson“The renewal of the church depends on a renewal of theology,” which “depends on the resurrection of the ancient vision of the pastor as ecclesial theologian.”

That’s the premise of a new book I wish I had when I was still in pastoral ministry.

The book is The Pastor Theologian, written by pastor theologians Gerald Hiestand and Todd Wilson.

In championing this oft neglected pastoral role, the two have specific words for two constituencies in the excerpt below: professors and pastors.

For professors: “as an academic theologian, you play a vital role in reimagining the pastoral vocation…Because of this, the cues you send to the next generation carry tremendous weight.” (124)

And for…

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Leader, Face Your Shadow for the Sake of Your Ministry — An Excerpt from “The Emotionally Healthy Leader”

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The Emotionally Healthy Leader by Peter ScazzeroEvery leader has one, yet few leaders want to explore it, deal with it, confront it.

While leaders read countless books and attend conferences on improving their external leadership and management styles, executive skills, and productivity, few seem interested in confronting the “inner labyrinth” of who they are.

Pastor Peter Scazzero, author of the new book The Emotionally Healthy Leader calls this our shadow:

Your shadow is the accumulation of untamed emotions, less-than pure motives and thoughts that, while largely unconscious, strongly influence and shape your behaviors. It is the damaged but mostly hidden version of who you are.

In the excerpt below, Scazzero explores this often unaddressed aspect of leadership, especially ministry leadership. He helpfully explains how…

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Zondervan Mourns the Death of Verlyn D. Verbrugge, Editor, Writer, Pastor, and New Testament Scholar

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Verlyn D. Verbrugge, longtime Zondervan editor, teaching pastor, author, and New Testament scholar, died on June 21, 2015 following a six-month battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 72 years old.

His death serves as a deep loss to family, friends, and publishing colleagues; the academic community, especially those working in the areas of New Testament studies and Biblical Greek; and the Christian church at large, including the numerous pastors and leaders around the world whose lives and Bible knowledge he shaped.

Since June 1986, Verlyn (or V2 as colleagues fondly called him) has served as one of Zondervan’s principal production editors for Bibles and academic resources in biblical and theological studies. His versatility, however, extended far beyond the academic publishing arena. Verlyn effortlessly traversed between scholarly and popular landscapes, serving as a trusted editor for both church/ministry resources and popular…

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