Weekly Prayer Request Thread – (2017-06-24)
If you have requests that you would like your brothers and sisters on /r/Reformed to pray for, post them here.
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Thoughts on Church and State
Submitted by korbend16
M’Cheyne Reading Plan: Day 174
Deuteronomy 28:20-68, Psalm 119:25-48, Isaiah 55, Matthew 3
Submitted by 9tailNate
Is discrimination by employers unlawful?
Should the government enforce some standard of equality, or should it just be a free-market decision?
Submitted by spacecaptaindave
Is there anyone willing to help me?
I've been "studying" catholic theology and the only reason I've considered becoming catholic is fear. Everytime I think I understand their doctrine I'm confused. How do you argue with the following points?
-we can now see through the internet the spread of information and we see how the early Christians worshipped and it doesn't resemble how we worship now
-aren't you guys scared by the RCC saying no salvation outside the church?
-what about Fatima?
-why are so many Protestants turning catholic
-I can't help but wonder how canonization took place
-how can god pour out wrath on himself (PSA)
-I love God and I'm terrified of hell. I'd cut my limbs off to be with him. Everytime I read pilgrims progress I cry like a baby.
I live next to the Southern Baptist school in Louisville. Ive talked to Tom Schriener and the like and I'm still confused
Would anyone be willing to talk to me. I just wanna go to heaven.
Submitted by Confusedandscared122
BadChristian’s most recent podcast interviewing an ex-Elevation Church member
Has anyone given it a listen?
All I can say is….wow. Essentially, Elevation is trying to build a brand and create a prestigious image when people think of their church. I'm sure some of these were talked about when they occurred in the past, but here are some of the examples the guy gave:
Look, I don't want to dislike Elevation. In fact, despite their elaborate efforts to create "showy" worship, I find a lot of their songs both beautiful and worshipful. But what am I supposed to think about things like this?
Submitted by cburns33
Do you believe that God loves everybody, including the Reprobate?
Is this considered Hyper-Calvinism, or is it generally agreed upon by everyone [in the Reformed/ Calvinist tradition]? I've been trying to understand how the love of God works, but I'm afraid the conclusions I arrive at are considered extreme (I know it definitely would be considered extreme in my current Missionary Baptist church).
Romans 9:13 says
As it is written, Jacob have I loved, but Esau have I hated.
I understand Jacob represents the Church, or the Elect, and Esau represents the Reprobate. Does this, then, mean that God loves only His Church, and the Reprobate will forever be separated from the love of God? I understand that whatever the answer is, God is completely justified in doing so. I just don't want to go around saying the wrong thing to people.
Submitted by Backwoods_Boy
Short Term Missions Trip
I have the privilege of leading a group of high school students on a short term missions trip for 3 weeks at the end of the summer.
I'm reaching out to those with more experience to try to address the following:
With a lot of down time, how can I structure the time so that students will grow through the word, prayer, and fellowship? Would it be a good idea to have actual bible study materials for the students to go through for those 3 weeks? If you were given a couple of weeks with high school students, what is the best way to encourage them to grow in God's means of grace?
I realize the value in allowing things to happen organically but I also want to have enough structure for students to read the Bible and pray for each other instead of just hanging out the whole time.
Is it worth finding a short book to read through together in addition to the Bible?
Any past youth ministry experiences that you found particularly encouraging or a blessing?
Submitted by str2018
Recommendations of Reformed theologians/pastors/scholars who are high sacramentalists( no FV folks please)
I'm a Reformed Anglican, and I'd call myself a High-Church Calvinist. I hold the same view of Baptism as Cornelius Burges( Baptism begins the process of regeneration for Elect infants) I also have a much higher view of the Eucharist than most modern Protestants( I hold to the classical Reformed view. When one par takes of the Lords Supper, they take Christs Body and Blood spiritually) I have a great appreciation for sacred choral music. As I said, I'm a High-Church Calvinist( not a huge fan of Puritanism) Are there any modern/living Reformed theologians, scholars, or pastors that hold similar views? Please no FV folks.
Submitted by ChristianClassicist
FFAF: The Semi-Arianism of ESS Arguments [Note: the target is specific arguments of Grudem and Ware, not ESS as such.]
Submitted by BSMason
My wife is pregnant and due on the 3rd. She was diagnosed with polyhydramnios at our 34-week ultrasound and it hasn't gone away. Basically, this means that she has a fairly high chance of a cord prolapse and in the event of a prolapse, the doctor told us we only have maybe 5-10 minutes to get a cesarean section. We won't know if there's a prolapse until we're at the hospital. I'm about to go request to work from home for the next week so I can drive her to the hospital (about 10 minutes away from home) if she goes into labor. Other than the increased risk of prolapse and being slightly oversize, the baby is currently perfectly healthy. The doctor is deliberating and will let us know on Monday if she plans to induce labor early.
Please pray for my supervisor to be understanding, a healthy delivery, safe transportation to the hospital, and for wisdom for our doctors to make the correct decision.
Submitted by TheReformedBadger
Question about the word “ἐν” for you Greek geeks
I don't know any Greek (except a few buzz words here and there that I hear from my pastor or different theologians that I listen to/ read). My question here pertains to the Greek word "ἐν," more specifically "how do we know which English equivalent word to translate it to?"
From BibleHub, I've gathered that the word can mean: in, at, on, among, by, & with. Also from what I'm seeing, the word is most often translated as "in." Now, obviously in many places you would be able to tell which English equivalent word to use, but what about when it is less clear? The verse I am specifically thinking of (and the one that prompted this post) is Philippians 2:10
so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth
I bring this up because of a recent discussion with a JW wherein he argues that most English translations have a Trinitarian slant and that it should be
so that in the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth under the earth
He tries to argue in as opposed to at because JW's believe that Christ is mediator, just not God. So in Jesus' name (essentially through it) we have these things happen.
I think that this is a silly argument against Trinitarianism since we also believe Christ to be mediator and do things in His name and through Him. But I am wondering why this wasn't interpreted as in. What's our basis for saying at the name of Jesus these things will happen as opposed to in the name of Jesus? They don't mean the same thing but neither of them negates the idea of a Triune God. How do we know it's at and not in?
Submitted by pjsans
M’Cheyne Reading Plan: Day 173
Deuteronomy 27:1-28:19, Psalm 119:1-24, Isaiah 54, Matthew 2
Submitted by 9tailNate
A Serious Question for Serious Folks
Ok guys, here's what it comes down to. I've been mulling over this for a few days, and everything hinges on this answer.
Exactly how tall was Servetus? If he was a short little heretic then I would have no problem fighting a Servetus-sized duck. But if the size of his body was roughly equal to the size of his errors, I may wish to take my chances with a hundred duck-sized Servetuses (Serveti?).
To be considered is the fact that he managed to escape from prison. Was he so small that he just dove through the guards' legs and bolted for the door? Or was he so swole that he grabbed the copy of the Institutes that Calvin sent him and used it to beat the guards down?
Help me, r/reformed. You're my only hope.
Edit: fixed a typo.
Submitted by the_baumheckeler
Free For All Friday – post on any topic in this thread – (2017-06-23)
It's Free For All Friday! Post on any topic you wish in this thread (not the whole sub). Our rules of conduct still apply, so please continue to post and comment respectfully.
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