Combing the Net – 2/28/2011


Last World War I Veteran Dies — Frank Buckles, a U.S. Army ambulance driver during the Great War, died yesterday at the age of 110. (HT: 22Words)

5 Things I’m Surprised I Can’t Find in the Bible — While the Bible contains everything we need to know, it does NOT clearly tell us everything about everything. Here’s a good list by R.C. Sproul, Jr., which points out five examples of things which are not as clear as we might wish.

Should We Baptize Small Children? — Another perspective on this topic, responding to an article by Trevin Wax to which I linked last week. I’ll be posting some of my own thoughts on baptism soon. I’ve been working through a lot of these issues myself lately.

Classical Rhetoric 101: The Five Canons of RhetoricI have found myself anxiously awaiting each entry in this ongoing series! This post continues the look at the five canons of rhetoric, focusing on the second: Arrangement.

Rob Bell Is At It Again — One of the most prominent figureheads of the post-modern church has a new book coming out. The preview coming from the publisher, along with a video trailer (see below), have caused many to believe that in this book Bell may finally be tipping his hand with a complete rejection of Christian orthodoxy, similar to the way Brian McLaren has done in his recent writing. Might it be too soon to make that judgment? For myself, I’ll reserve my opinion until the book comes out, though I feel that outright Universalism is the next logical step on the trajectory that his books, NOOMA videos, and preaching has taken. For now, you can read what several prominent evangelical bloggers have to say (be advised: you’re probably best to avoid the comments sections on these links):

I am grateful that much of the discussion (primarily in these last two links) has focused on the dangers of rushing to judgment, and urged caution against premature reaction to a book that isn’t even out yet. Still, Rob Bell has massive influence, and his heresy (if indeed he is teaching Universalism) demands a response from the Church. To that end, a session to be led by D.A. Carson has been added to the upcoming National Conference of The Gospel Coalition (see here), which will address questions raised by Universalists, which will likely include many questions prompted by Bell’s work.

Here is the video that has sparked such controversy:

2 comments on “Combing the Net – 2/28/2011

  1. Emily Williams says:

    I really liked your link to “5 Things I’m Surprised I Can’t Find in the Bible”. The church seems to think they need to come up with answers for these things….as if God forgot to give us more specific instructions. As long as we’re in the confines of what scripture DOES tell us it seems He has given us the freedom to choose different paths based on what we feel is the most appropriate action, or perhaps the most meaningful to us. It seems that perhaps the church hinders the individual Christian rather than helping them when it tries to make more specific rules or guidelines than are given in the Bible…..reminding us of the Pharisees yet?? 😉
    Thanks for sharing this link!

    • Adam Martin says:

      The claim in the link “5 Things I’m Surprised I Can’t Find in the Bible” that “The Bible, like its author, is perfect.” is not true because the author’s were not perfect.
      Go to and search for Acts 8:37 under the English Standard Version. It will not appear and does not appear because this version’s editors agree with historical evidence that proves this verse did not exist in the earliest manuscripts of the book.
      Even the editors of the Nelson Study Bible write this in a footnote.
      Also, scholarly and historical evidence put the story of Jesus, the Prostitute, and the Pharisees into question.
      The Bible is a great book which was inspired by a profound belief in God but it was not “breathed out by God” as we like to say in reference to 2 Tim 3:16.
      The point is that we should not worry ourselves with the debilitating complexities of church doctrines and creeds or what is or is not in the Bible, but live out the empowering simplicity of the New Covenant which is seen in verses like…

      Romans 13:9
      “The commandments, “You shall not commit adultery,” “You shall not murder,” “You shall not steal,” “You shall not covet,” and whatever other command there may be, are summed up in this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”

      James 1:27
      “Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.”


      Romans 5:5 “And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.”

      Let us love each other with the love given to us by God through His Holy Spirit. We can waste a life time debating the rights and wrongs of biblical interpretation, many have, (look at the church of Christ. Look at John Piper.) or we can choose to allow God to manifest the powerful and imple truths of the Bible through our lives…

      Philippians 2:13 “for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose”

      Ephesians 2:10 10 “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”

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