WorldWide Wanderings

Monday, April 25, 2005

Where are we going?

When I started this blog, I had great intentions of posting articles regularly: weekly at a minimum. Well, as you can tell, I'm not doing so well. It seems that life keeps getting in the way of blogging: funny how that works...

In any case, I still have lots of things I want to write about, so this will be something of a posting schedule. Think of it as a "Coming Attractions" trailer. If you have comments on some of these topics that you think are of interest, you can post them now, and maybe I'll incorporate your ideas into my articles as well (credit where credit is due, of course!)

Coming soon to WorldWide Wanderings:
1. Biblical Teachings on Poverty, part II: the New Testament
2. How do the Biblical texts on poverty translate to our modern world?
3. What is "Poverty?"
4. How does our view of the world affect Development?
5. What is the connection between Poverty and the Environment? (for a preview, listen to my pastor's latest sermon on this topic, Here)
6. Why are the Poor Poor? An overview of theories.
7. The role of the Church, vs. the role of the State in alleviating poverty.

2 Comments:

  • Hey Nathan,

    Seems like you are doing what I want to do, so maybe we can corroborate. Thanks for your encouragement and example to be involved in developing countries.

    Lelan

    By Blogger Lelan, at 9:41 AM  

  • Dear Nathan,

    Since clicking on the name, "Natros," on our comment section doesn't produce an E-mail address for you, I post this here hoping it will get your attention, and that you'll remove it immediately and yet be able to read it without going back and checking whether I've responded to you on our blog.

    Thanks for your understanding,

    Tim Bayly

    Dear Natros (Nathan Girdner),

    Yes we ought to warn ourselves and others that God is in the business of pouring out His wrath upon all evildoers who are not united to Him by faith in the completed work of His Son, Jesus Christ. And we ought to make that case especially intensely when we see Him doing so in our own day and nation--for instance, 9/11, AIDS, and Katrina. And we ought to use 9/11, AIDS, and Katrina as clear and present examples of God pouring out His wrath against evildoers.

    But of course, there's where I lost you, right? And there's where we disagree about the proper understanding of Scripture. Should today's servants of God establish a higher hurdle for speaking of God's wrath than any other generation of prophets in the history of redemption? Higher than the biblical prophets? "Well yes," you say, "the biblical prophets were infallible."

    Then higher than the Early Church Fathers?

    "Well, the Early Church Fathers were wrong about all kinds of things."

    Then higher than the Reformers?

    "Well, the Reformers were, as Warren Zevon might put it, excitable boys."

    Then higher than the Puritans?

    "Well who looks to the Puritans, that dour group of misanthropes, as models of the Christian life any more?"

    Then higher than...

    And you get my point. At no time in the history of redemption have any of our fathers in the faith been as resistant to seeing specific acts of God's judgment on the wicked, and taking it to heart themselves, as our own time. So now, how do we explain this?

    Well, my dear friend Vern Poythress has written a piece I hope soon to post on the blog--not here--that goes a long way to addressing this question.

    Warmly in Christ,

    Tim Bayly

    By Blogger Tim Bayly, at 12:12 PM  

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