Words Are Special

Words are special.

Now when I say a word is special, obviously I don’t mean merely the making of A Word. Some random combination of markings displayed in a visual manner isn’t very special. But the combination of phonetics and markings that contain meaning: that’s special—precious even.

So words are un-hewn diamonds. Each letter a facet waiting for added dimension, color and brightness. Each word waiting to be used and begin sparkling with a unique intensity cut at its own perfect angle and finally displayed on the velvet of a sentence to reveal its unique glory. Each a potential shining adornment to be displayed, cherished and understood.

They’re the wonder of the caves in Lascaux, France. The markings and drawings are not so random relegated to some mindless beast but they evidence intelligence, purpose and a desire to be remembered and understood. No matter how crude, the “words” on those cave walls they were someone’s diamonds on display.

The thing about diamonds is that they’re purpose is not merely display: they’re meant to be given. The worth of them tells the person we give them to something about how we feel, what we think of them and what we expect from our being around each other. The diamond took years to forge and careful days to cut out the dross and will continue on.

Although one can speak about the beauty of diamonds or their worth all of this doesn’t matter until its placed on Her finger. There she merely has to convey the words “I’m engaged” to others and extend her hand to reveal the crystallized fire on her hand. The story of how it got there comes after the fact but the one that made it all the intangible story mean something was the evidence of the diamond on her finger.

Each word is carefully chosen but isn’t kept hidden. For a word to convey information it must be recorded and that results in language, in a tangible reality, in writing.

Nothing connects you and me but the words written here. I give them to you.

When God decided to convey information that was to last He told Moses in Exodus 17:4 “Write these words.” When God wanted the Law to be kept He personally wrote out the Law. When Christ speaks to John at some later date He tells John “Write these words.”

The words of God weren’t only stated: they were written. Then they were given to you and to me.

Words are special.


Begging Which Question?

Once upon a time, folk would stand in a circle, before an audience, and debate things. No, not Jerry Springer. I’m talking about the Old Days before TV. To establish the grounds for the debate the two folk arguing would first state what they’re arguing for (or against) and then proceed with given statements.

The point they were arguing for (or against) was called The Question. Each of the givens would be the premises which the debater would use as a starting point for his argument.

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Calvinism Illustrated

Patton wasn’t using the following so much as an argument but as a retelling of his own theological journey. What’s interesting about the story is that it offered several reasons of how people Know what they Know. I mean, Unconditional Election wasn’t proved point by point for Michael (at least not according to that post) but it was illustrated in a very compelling manner. Likewise, at twelve his mind was influenced by a specific interpretation by his mother, so psychologically speaking you can see where something like that would become important.

But I did want to post a counter illustration because the one Boice used (in Michael’s post) wound up being one of those stories that preachers (and professors) love to use that doesn’t prove anything. It’s an appeal to emotion by using unbalanced data and an unserviceable hypothetical.

Here’s my version based heavily on Boice’s:

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Assuming Assumptions

Why even have assumptions anyway? I mean, why can’t I simply study the church without any assumptions whatsoever, like a theological tabula rasa?