1. notleia says:

    I think “discernment” has become a pretty useless buzzword, since it’s come to mean “recoil in properly Christian horror at these icky bits and then avoid such bits as much as possible” in common usage, so perhaps we would be better off to use other words until it dies its buzzwordy death.

    Though that does little to nothing to affect the reactionaryism that the buzzword typically signifies.

  2. R. L. Copple says:

    I’d refuse to let the word be defined that way. So what if some people think of it that way. That’s not what it means. Thus the need to define it more in line with Scripture rather than the influence of a sub-culture.


  3. Bethany J. says:

    Hey, I just blogged about this last week!  Exactly, specifically this – that Scripture verse and all!  http://simmeringmind.com/think-about-these-things/

    So, of course, I completely agree with your premise here. 😀  I look forward to seeing the rest of the series.  I’d like to see you tackle 1 Tim. 1:3-4.

  4. Matthias M. Hoefler says:

    I would like to read how you connect your text to Titus 1:15:

    To the pure, all things are pure; but to those who are defiled and unbelieving, nothing is pure, but both their mind and their conscience are defiled (NAS).

    Great pick on that verse, Bethany. I look forward to hearing commentary and discussion on that.

    Even biblical accounts may need some consideration to find what can be celebrated as pure and holy. Think of the Tower of Babel. There’s no shiny Jesus moment. The text says the Lord blocked them from being able to do whatever they set their minds to. We may decide this is a good outcome based on what the rest of the Bible has to say about the nature of man. He would choose degradation.

    The account has in view God’s negative action against them. The good, right, justice idea here is in the background enough that it requires a conscious effort to see. If you take the story as it is, it’s not explicitly stated that the Lord has done a good and pure thing here. You need the context of other parts of the Bible to find that aspect that is of “good report.”

    Francis A. Schaeffer suggested there’s a major and minor theme (nothing to do with the musical definition of these terms) for someone with a Christian worldview to pursue: The minor theme is “the abnormality of the revolting world.” For Schaeffer, this includes man in revolt against God and the “defeated and sinful side to the Christian’s life.” In art of all sorts, non christians have explored this condition. Lord of the Flies comes to mind.

    “The major theme is the opposite of the minor; it is the meaningfulness and purposefulness of life.” This includes God, who explodes the conclusion that all is absurd. There is meaning. Also, man was made in God’s image, and so he has significance.

    These have to be in balance, of course. And Schaeffer pointed out that our culture has drastically emphasized the minor theme, so correction must be rendered accordingly.

    Also, this passage makes me think of the Twila Paris song


What do you think?