God-Thinking Theology

I recently discovered another blogger in my ICOC family of Churches. His site is pinakidion.com I'm not sure what that means, but I'm glad I found his site. He has been wrestling with much of the same things I have over the last year or two. He'll make it onto the links at the left in the coming days.

I've been going through his old posts and came across this post from a couple of weeks ago about 'God-Thinking Theology'. In it he talks about how Barnabas' vouching for Saul is what led to his acceptance in Jeruselem, not anything Saul did to prove himself. In fact, any attempt by Saul to prove himself would have probably backfired. Barnabas is one of my favorite NT characters because of how he stood up for Saul like he did. He didn't have to and he had little to gain in doing so.

Pinakidion's point is that just as Barnabas was Saul's advocate before men, Jesus is our advocate before God. And just as Barnabas eliminated the need for Saul to prove himself before the apostles, Jesus means we have nothing to prove to anyone. God accepts us because Jesus vouches for us. Go read his post, it's very good.

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Thanks for the comments. I'm still working through the other points.

Just for your info, pinakidion is a Greek word for writing tablet. It appears in Luke 1:63. However, I could not resist the word play on my name if you substitute the Greek word into the passage.

He asked for a pinakidion, and to their amazement wrote, "His name is John".

[rant]Other than that, you may find that I post quite a bit in regards to the fallacy of the golden mean. Basically, it is the fallacy that the best answer is always between two extremes. I hear so much about pendulums that it drives me crazy. I truly believe that there is no pendulum. Using Eccl 7:18 to defend this pendulum thinking works primarily for the NIV crowd, but even the NIV says, "It is good to grasp the one without letting go of the other." A pendulum based way of thinking has you letting go of both extremes.[/rant]

Thanks for the post. I appreciate it.



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