07 November 2011

Daily Morsels-November 7, 2011

Ten Pounds of Information--Every day, Doug Wilson shares choice quotes from others, or from books he has written. I have read enough morsels from his book Letter from a Christian Citizen to move it up on my Amazon wish list. Here was his quote from today, "Scientists who have their satellite dishes pointed toward the sky in the hope of hearing from intelligent life out there know how to distinguish incoming messages from background noise. Otherwise, there would be no point. We know what information looks like, and we know what kind of source it comes from. This is because information is not made out of matter -- rather it is matter that is organized in a particular way. If a scientist studying static from solar flare activity was to discover that all his printouts kept repeating the St. Crispin's Day speech from Henry V, his conclusion would not be that 'given infinity and randomness, this was bound to happen sooner or later.' And one strand of DNA is not just one speech from Shakespeare -- it is the whole library."

5 Signs of Spiritual Maturity--The five are: 1) an appetite for meat, 2) an imperviousness to personal offense, 3) a conscience informed by Scripture, not opinion, 4) a sense of humble surprise when used by God in ministry, 5) tendency to give credit for spiritual growth to God, not people. I particularly appreciated this quote, "It’s good to enjoy the milk of the gospel with every meal. But some Christians pride themselves on focusing only on the gospel, snubbing the offer of deeper doctrines. The love of doctrine may need to be acquired over time, but it will always be there in a mature believer."

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