Kameron Edenfield

Luther on Changing Diapers

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“Now observe that when that clever harlot, our natural reason (which the pagans followed in trying to be most clever), takes a look at married life, she turns up her nose and says, “Alas, must I rock the baby, wash its diapers, make its bed, smell its stench, stay up nights with it, take care of it when it cries, heal its rashes and sores, and on top of that care for my wife, provide for her, labour at my trade, take care of this and take care of that,…read more

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Morning Prayer – 03.26.14

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Gen. 45:16-28; 1 Cor. 8:1-13 Both of our passages share a common theme. Each involves the issue of participation in pagan culture and the blessing of God. The Lord used Joseph to bring about wisdom and prosperity to the land of Egypt. In turn, Joseph’s brothers and Jacob were not only delivered from famine and death, but were given “the best of the land of Egypt” and “the fat of the land” of this pagan nation. The Lord preserved the seed and greatly blessed His people. Our NT lesson is…read more

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Kuyper on Church and State

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            In Kuyper’s Lectures on Calvinism, he strives to make sure that Church and State are not too intertwined. In fact, God has given authority to both institutions in their own sphere. They each have responsibilities they are concerned with and should not take it upon themselves to do the other’s job. At the same time, Kuyper does not seem to be in favor of a Godless State. He faults the French Revolution for ignoring and even opposing God in their efforts (64). To be…read more

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NSA Morning Prayer – Psalm 119:121-144

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The psalmist implores the Lord: “Do not let the arrogant oppress me”; “It’s time for the Lord to act”; “Redeem me from the oppression of man.” At the same time he is repeating, “I love your commandments”; “I longed for your commandments”; “Your commandments are my delight.” At first glance, praising God’s commandments seems like an odd response. Even how he wants the Lord to act is strange, “establish my footsteps in your word”; “make your face shine upon your servant, and teach me your statutes”; “give me understanding that…read more

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Baptism Links

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Some articles, new and old, on baptism: 1. http://www.kuyperian.com/the-new-testament-openly-commands-the-baptism-of-children/ 2. http://www.frame-poythress.org/indifferentism-and-rigorism/ 3. http://www.frame-poythress.org/linking-small-children-with-infants-in-the-theology-of-baptizing/

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Milbank on Gift and Gratitude

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For Milbank, God’s gift of being is, in a sense, gift to no one. If creation is ex nihilo then God does not give a gift to creatures, but gives creatures themselves.[1] In a human gift exchange the gift passes from the giver across a “neutral territory” to the receiver.[2] The gift can then be received and used, or it can be rejected. God’s gift of being “establishes creatures as themselves”, not crossing any such territory.[3] Furthermore, the gift can only be received and thus is not subject to initial…read more

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Made for Community

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The Triune God is a community of persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. The Trinity is one and yet many. Adam and Eve were made in the image of the Trinity, “according to Our likeness”. Certainly the imago Dei constitutes several things, but at least it connotes the priority of community for man. After God made Adam and placed him in the garden, He declared it was not good for man to be alone. So He gave Eve as a helper to Adam. The text of Genesis 1:27 says, “God…read more

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Individualism and the Christian Mythos

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The 17th century French philosopher, René Descartes, is at least one of the fathers of what came to be known as modern individualism. Instead of receiving the tradition passed down as a gift, Descartes rejected it to find certainty in isolation.[1] His famous Cogito seeks to ground the foundation of knowledge in the individual. In this conception, community is rendered an accessory to the pursuit of knowledge. Thus began the modern attempt to free the individual from the shackles of community. In the modern period, following Descartes, there are numerous…read more

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Bonhoeffer and the externum verbum

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Bonhoeffer defines Christianity as “community through Jesus Christ and in Jesus Christ” (pg 21, Life Together). By this he means that Christians are bound together through what Christ has done on their behalf and that they receive what Christ offers through one another.  He draws upon the Reformational notion that God’s word of salvation comes to us extra nos. Christians cannot look in themselves for salvation, but must look outside to God’s externum verbum. God has chosen to use created means, namely people, to communicate this word. Thus the Christian…read more

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NSA – Morning Prayer Service – Exhortation 1 Kings 3:1-15 – 08/28/2013

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In our Old Testament lesson God asks Solomon, the new king of Israel, what he wishes. Instead of seeking great riches, honor in the defeat of enemies, or a long life, Solomon seeks the kingdom of God first, and His righteousness (justice) in the world. He wants to know how to deal justly with the people of Israel. God, very pleased, grants him this request, and even the things he didn’t ask for: riches, honor, and long life, provided he walks in God’s ways. Making lots of money, being famous,…read more