Noah Webster’s “Truth”

JP: Dr. Del Tackett cited Noah Webster’s American Dictionary of the English Language in the Truth Project video that we viewed last night.

This dictionary is online and is fully searchable: here:

Consider how that dictionary defined truth!

TRUTH, n.

  1. Conformity to fact or reality; exact accordance with that which is, or has been, or shall be. The truth of history constitutes its whole value. We rely on the truth of the scriptural prophecies.My mouth shall speak truth. Prov.8.Sanctify them through thy truth; thy word is truth. John. 17.
  2. True state of facts or things. The duty of a court of justice is to discover the truth. Witnesses are sworn to declare the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth.
  3. Conformity of words to thoughts, which is called moral truth.Shall truth fail to keep her word?
  4. Veracity; purity from falsehood; practice of speaking truth; habitual disposition to speak truth; as when we say, a man is a man of truth.
  5. Correct opinion.
  6. Fidelity; constancy.The thoughts of past pleasure and truth.
  7. Honesty; virtue.It must appearThat malice bears down truth.
  8. Exactness; conformity to rule.Plows, to go true, depend much on the truth of the iron work. [Not in use.]
  9. Real fact of just principle; real state of things. There are innumerable truths with which we are not acquainted.
  10. Sincerity.God is a spirit, and they that worship him must worship in spirit and in truth. John 4.
  11. The truth of God, is his veracity and faithfulness. Ps.71.Or his revealed will.I have walked in thy truth. Ps.26.
  12. Jesus Christ is called the truth. John 14.
  13. It is sometimes used by way of concession.She said, truth, Lord; yet the dogs eat of the crums– Matt 15.That is, it is a truth; what you have said, I admit to be true.In truth, in reality; in fact.

    Of a truth, in reality; certainly.

    To do truth, is to practice what God commands. John 3.

“Truth” image from: The Sedona Observer

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Swine Flu prevention tip

Swine Flue .... don't do this!

Don’t do this!

Sent to me by my nurse Sister in Law! More (on the humorous side):

Test: Do you have the swine flu?

On “dirtying up” your whole Bible

Open Bible

JP: Jay Adams on the “anti-spine” of your Bible.

What Size Is Your Bible?

Excerpt:

Because we all know what the “spine” of a book is; but whad’ja call the opposite part? You know, the part that you flip with your fingers? For the sake of a better term, let’s call it the “anti-spine.” OK?

We’ll, here’s how you can tell—If you’ve had your Bible for any length of time (and, of course, have used it), you’ll notice that there are places on the anti-spine that are dirtier than others. If . . . What? What did you say?

No. I’m not insinuating anything about whether or not you wash you hands before eating—or reading.
But, as I was saying, here’s the rule: the dirtier a part of the anti-spine, the likelihood that’s where you concentrate your reading.

What? . . . . You don’t believe me? OK, then, go ahead and look at the anti-spine on your Bible.

Aha! So, I was right. Well, now what are you going to do about it?

Right—start dirtying up the rest!

More …. a woman who wore out her Bible and got a replacement for free:

Encouraged by my Wife’s Torn Up Bible

Excerpts:

My wife showed me how her Bible was falling apart. She had been reading this particular Bible since 2004 and now the binding was falling apart and threatening to come completely undone.

I was thankful and thrilled as I started thinking about all the days of reading, chewing, and thinking on the Scriptures that have led to this destruction. My wife’s steady Bible work was, at that moment, very attractive. Think about the accumulative effect of the daily intake of the Word. God steadily and continually reforms and conforms the minds of his saints by his powerful Word so that we might think his thoughts after him. What a privilege it is to be confronted and consoled with the divine Word.

Wediculous, vewy wetched and wepwehensible

wepwehensible

JP: Pyromaniacs: Manly Men.

Excerpts:

Lots of people are talking these days about the church’s failure to reach men. The problem is an old one. To a large degree it is rooted in the eighteenth-century tendency of post-puritan preachers to temper hard truths and cushion the message as much as possible.

Victorian-era preachers added an extra layer of complexity to the problem with their love of flowery rhetoric. Grandiloquence. Turgid oratory. Bloated, high-sounding language designed to impress listeners with the speaker’s sophistication rather than rouse consciences with the power of God’s Word.

Pulpits became soft places where men loved to show off their refinement. Manly passion was deemed vulgar and lowbrow.

Charles Spurgeon abhorred that trend. He exemplified the opposite style. In fact, when Spurgeon first took his pastorate in London, one of the earliest caricatures published in the London newspapers about Spurgeon pictured him casting the shadow of a young lion from his pulpit—and it contrasted him with a typical Anglican clergyman, who cast the shadow of an old woman.

Spurgeon hated the effeminate tendencies of the Victorian pulpit, and he did everything he could to model a different trend. He said it’s OK to be meek, and we ought to work hard at being gentle. But, he said, don’t be “indifferent to truth and righteousness. God [does not choose] milksops destitute of backbone, to wear his glory upon their faces. We have plenty of men made of sugar, nowadays, that melt into the stream of popular opinion; but [men like that will] never ascend into the hill of the Lord.”

When Spurgeon lectured his students on preaching, he cautioned them strongly against adopting effeminate mannerisms. He said,

Abhor the practice of some men, who will not bring out the letter “r,” such a habit is “vewys wuinous and wediculous, vewy wetched and wepwehensible.”

Comment: Sounds like Elmer Fudd: “Watch the woad, wabbit!”. Phil Johnson continues with this important conclusion:

The Bible says the church ought to be led by men, and every man in the church ought to aspire to be like the perfect man, Jesus Christ. And that involves, among other things, the manly proclamation and defense of the truth of Scripture; as well as aiming to be living reflections of the kind of character He embodied—including, of course, the fruit of the Spirit, courage, conviction, compassion, zeal for the truth, and the kind of gentleness that keeps those characteristics in proper balance, as opposed to nullifying them.

Influenza: “Nature’s Bioterrorist”

1918 Spanish Flu
poster from the 1918 “Spanish”flu pandemic

JP: Albert Mohler on hope and caring in a time of sickness. Please read the the entire article as the section quoted is a little bleak!

Love in a Time of Swine Flu

Excerpt:

The history of humanity is the history of sickness, disease, and death. When sin came, death came, and sickness remains the leading agent of death. The horseman of pestilence has visited plagues and pandemics upon humanity throughout the centuries. Even in the age of modern medicine and the conquest of so many diseases, the very real risk of pandemic remains — and we feel it in our souls.

The outbreak of swine flu now dominates the headlines and news programs, with at least 150 deaths in Mexico already recorded even as the disease is now confirmed around the world. For many years medical authorities have warned of a coming influenza pandemic — a modern plague — that could kill on a magnitude similar to the 1918 outbreak that killed over 100 million persons worldwide.

Writing in The Atlantic in 2005, Michael Specter called influenza “Nature’s Bioterrorist.” As Specter explains, “A pandemic is the viral equivalent of a perfect storm. There are three essential conditions, which rarely converge, and they are impossible to predict. But the requirements are clear. A new flu virus must emerge from the animal reservoirs that have always produced and harbored such viruses–one that has never infected human beings and therefore one to which no person would have antibodies. Second, the virus has to actually make humans sick (most don’t). Finally, it must be able to spread efficiently–through coughing, sneezing, or a handshake.”

Is this outbreak of swine flu the harbinger of a hellish pandemic? It is far too early to say, and there is no justification for jumping to that conclusion. Nevertheless, it is a clear warning. Even in a normal year 36,000 Americans die of the flu. We are made of fragile stuff.

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Spiritual weight training

Romans 5:3-4

JP: Another take on Romans 5:1-8. I like what he writes about tribulation:

tribulation is a set of training weights

Excerpt:

The word glory is fascinating, and helps us to understand its relationship to tribulation. Though they are different words in the Greek, notice that we glory in tribulation now as we look forward to the coming glory. What do tribulation and glory have in common? Well, they are both heavy, and Paul is very clearly using the image of training for something. This is not just training—it is weight training. We boast in the privilege of carrying the weight of tribulation now because we know that we are being prepared to carry the weight of glory later. Tribulation is a set of training weights.

A Christian approach to tribulation therefore strains toward a goal. It is not the response of one who just hunkers down to “take it.” Our trials are teleological—which means they all have a point. And this means we must interact with our tribulations with both faith and intelligence. Faith is first, and intelligence follows the argument through patience, experience, and hope.

But if tribulation is a set of training weights, who is the trainer? Well, of course, the answer in our text is the Holy Spirit. But as many who have had this experience can tell you, there will often come a temptation to think that your personal trainer is a maniac and a sadist. That’s what training does.

And that is why Paul turns to a discussion of the nature of the Holy Spirit’s work in our hearts. What has He shed abroad in our hearts? The answer is love, not aimless, mindless torture. Notice that God has not sent a sense of love from a distance. He has not sent love, He has brought it. The Holy Spirit is given to us, and the love He sheds abroad in our hearts came with Him.

God gives us things because He gives Himself, and brings the stuff with Him. He does not give as a substitute for giving Himself, but rather as part and parcel of giving Himself. The Holy Spirit is given unto us (v. 5). Christ was given to die for the ungodly (v. 6), that is, for us (v. 8).

“swords into plowshares”

Swords Into Plowshares

JP: Kathee and I read Micah chapters 3 and 4 tonight in our regular Bible time. In our reading was Micah 4:3

He shall judge between many peoples,
And rebuke strong nations afar off;
They shall beat their swords into plowshares,
And their spears into pruning hooks;
Nation shall not lift up sword against nation,
Neither shall they learn war anymore

It made me think of the above sculpture. Perhaps you have seen this. Do you know where it is?

This link has the details.

Surprised? How about the donor of the sculpture!

Be sure to read the above quote in its context! There will be no true global peace until the Prince of Peace returns.

Further reading: Yevgeny Vuchetich, United Nations Art Collection