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15-Sep-18

Going Beyond Definitions

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David Grabbe, cautioning us to avoid using Strong's Concordance as final arbiter of the meaning of a Hebrew, Greek or Aramaic word, points out that all words have multiple meanings and consequently do not yield to the faulty "one meaning" or "exact meaning" assumption. The meaning of the noun spirit, for example, is highly variable, based on context. The meaning of the Ephesians' "losing their first love" can in one context refer to their loss of original enthusiasm, but the phrase can also refer to their gradual reprioritizing, lowering God to a less dominant position in their lives. It is improper to build a doctrine on one Scripture. We need at least two reliable Scriptures (and hopefully more) to establish any doctrine, a lesson we learn from God's standard of evidence—that any important matter must be decided "at the mouths" of at least two witnesses (Deuteronomy 17:6 and 19:15). Strong is correct to assert that the Greek words agape or agapeo can mean in one context "social love," but sadly, because a decadent culture has distorted the concepts underlying the meaning of the noun social, Strong's definition is too general to be reliable. It is best to rely on the maxim in Proverbs 11:14: "In a multitude of counselors there is safety."
From "David C. Grabbe"


14-Sep-18

'Uninvited Brute': 4 Dead as Florence Drenches the Carolinas
Blowing ashore with howling 90 mph winds, Hurricane Florence splintered buildings, trapped hundreds of people and swamped entire communities along the Carolina coast Friday in what could be just the opening act in a watery, two-part, slow-motion disaster. At least four people were killed.
From "Associated Press"


13-Sep-18

California's Poverty Rate Is Still the Highest in the Nation, Despite State Efforts
Newly released federal estimates show California's poverty rate remained the highest in the nation, despite a modest fall, and the state's falling uninsured rate slowed for the first time since before Medicaid expansion.
From "The Sacramento Bee"

A Marine F-35 Carrier Just Rolled up in the Middle East Amid Rising Syria Tension
A U.S. Marine Corps aircraft carrier full of F-35B stealth jets showed up in the Middle East after Russia threatened U.S. forces in Syria in the latest military buildup between the world's two greatest nuclear powers.
From "Task & Purpose"


12-Sep-18

The Biohacker Who Experimented on Himself Is Making Diy Mutant Frogs
Is this Silicon Valley's answer to vaudeville? Or is Zayner at the forefront of a movement in which biotech is trickling down to garage entrepreneurs, in the same way that democratized computer and coding technology let curious tinkerers build Silicon Valley?
From "Bloomberg"

Chicago Sets up Universal Income Task Force as City Seeks Ways to Tackle Poverty
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel will form a task force that will consider implementing the so-called "universal basic income" program in the city, as the embattled mayor seeks to cement his progressive legacy after promising not to run for another term. The idea for the program, which would make monthly payments to a number of Chicago families without any conditions, has been floated around in the city for months now.
From "Fox News"

EU Pushes Internet Firms to Remove Extremist Content in One Hour
The Commission wants content inciting or advocating extremist offences, promoting extremist groups, or showing how to commit such acts to be removed from the web within a hour of receiving a corresponding order from national authorities. In a proposal that will need backing from EU countries and the European Parliament, internet platforms will also be required to take proactive measures, such as developing new tools to weed out abuse and human oversight of content.
From "Reuters"

More Yale Freshmen Identify as Lgbtq Than Conservative, Survey Finds
A Yale Daily News survey of freshmen students at that university found that more students of the class of 2022 identify on the LGBTQ spectrum than as conservative, and that queer freshmen even outnumber other sizable demographics in the class, such as Protestants and Catholics.
From "The College Fix"

Among Teens, Transgender Males Are Most Likely to Attempt Suicide, Study Says
Nearly 14% of teens who participated in a survey reported trying to kill themselves, with transgender teens reporting the highest rates of suicide attempts. Among female to male teens, the language the study uses for transgender male teens, more than half (50.8%) said they'd tried to take their lives, according to the study, published Tuesday in the journal Pediatrics.
From "CNN"


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