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Volume 12, Issue 3: Sharpening Iron


From Us:

Well here we are. No doubt all ye of little faith had given up on us some time ago. Let this be a lesson to you, the symptoms might be treated, but we remain incurable. We are the common cold.

This time around we have some wonderful articles designed to distract those of you with long memories from writing us any more letters about the flag-related opinions of everyone's buddy, Douglas Jones. He has been quite hurt by your criticisms, and it took us months to convince him to write any more. Thus the delay. But he's back, and he wanted to tell you that he still loves you despite your wickedness.


 

From You:

COP OUT
Dear Editors,
Thanks for your continuing excellence in publishing Credenda/Agenda. I always look forward to the next issue, and I often look at the "Cave of Adullam" first. I get a chuckle out of the humor there.

In the last issue, my attention was drawn to Jim Nance's "In Few Words" article on the authorship of the book of Hebrews. I was hoping to gain to valuable insight on the subject, but alas, I was sorely disappointed when Jim "copped out" and gave us the worn out Apostle Paul arguments. Of course, the early Church would attribute it to Paul, since one of the requirements for canonicity was connection with an apostle. The book obviously has all the marks of being an inspired book, and, without a better (or certainly known) choice for an author, Paul would have been an easy out. So I don't think the early attributing to Paul really solves anything when it comes to the question of the actual author.
Besides, how could anyone think Paul actually was the author if you compare Hebrews 2:3---4 with Galatians 1:11-12? It would seem that Paul would be ready to hit anyone who would call him a second generation Christian, as the (unknown) author of Hebrews obviously claims to be. And what about Paul's personal salutation conspicuously absent from Hebrews? I still like Apollos myself. . . but most of my reformed friends seem to agree with Jim.

Rich Wood(s)
We don't know

LUTHER, LUTHER, HE'S OUR MAN
Dear Editors,
Dr. Ronald Nash, who is Reformed in his theology, believes Apollos wrote Hebrews. If Martin Luther thought Apollos wrote Hebrews, then Apollos did.

You guys mean well but less cutesy would be better.

An Evangelical Catholic
Denomination since 1530

CLOSE CALL
Dear Editors,
I just about cancelled Credenda because of your views on boys-to be doctors-and girls to be the teachers of our children's school.

I homeschool-actually, the father should be the teacher.
What about some articles on homeschooling? . . .

Scott McCabe
Unknown

Editor's reply:
We are most relieved. You almost cancelled an innocent magazine.

ONE OF OUR BUDDIES
Dear Editors,
. . . I am writing to express to you my appreciation of your publication.

I am a student at Toronto Baptist Seminary, and am presently also an intern at Vivian Baptist in Stoufille. All though I am a Baptist (Reformed), I find much to agree with you about (the Sabbath, Eschatology, etc.) and find your publication to a be a breath of fresh air in what can be at times a very dank environment, God Bless you. . .
My wife and I both really enjoy the articles in "Husbandry" and in "Femina," and I realy appreciate being able to endorse to my wife articles that are at the same time both biblical and lucid.
Most of all I enjoy your sense of humor. Seminary couples with even part time ministry can be (as you know) very trying, and it is always a pleasure to open your publication and find some tidbit that causes me to laugh and laugh. . . .

Roger and Marlene Meredith
Toronto, Ont., Canada

THE WIFE
Dear Editors,
I'm afraid we've been dropped from your mailing list. It's a mistake! We read Credenda/Agenda cover to cover as soon as we receive it. Please accept. . . our appreciation for your wit, wisdom and commitment to biblical truth.

Tammy Hopkins
Alplaus, NY

THE HUSBAND
Dear Editors,
You guys ROCK! Keep it comin'.

Matt Hopkins
Alplaus, NY

TRICKY
Dear Editors,
No fancy words here-just a word of thanks and some wacky advice. You magazine is exceptional.

Now for the wacky advice: My grandfather used to run a ministry that had a small newspaper circulaiton of 100,000 or so. He always received more in donations when he enclosed green envelopes with his newspaper. However, that would make your subtle requests for support a little more obvious for my grandfather and I. I doubt anyone else would notice. You do what you want.

Kevin Johnson
Somewhere

Editors' Reply:
Thanks for the tip. We've found that if we drip some of our blood on each label, our cancellations increase in multiples of five.

BEYOND LEFTOVERS
Dear Editors,
. . . Keep my entertainment coming for a little while longer. Actually it's more than entertainment-the Sabbath issue was really helpful in giving our family a positive view of the day. My husband enjoys fancy dinners instead of leftovers!

Vicki Tuggy
Sabbath Land

TOO MUCH SUN
Dear Editors,
Greetings from Florida! You will never know how your magazine and writings have turned this family's life upside down-but know that you have. Thanks, we needed it.

Carol Compton
Cocoa, FL

WE'LL BE THERE
Dear Editors,
I do hate to be picky, But . . . the piece in the volume 12/1 ("AlGoreithm") suggests that the humble wine cask is an American invention. The French claimed this for themselves in the late 1980s and were set upon by swarms of nationalistic Australians who refuse to buy their wine.

The wine cask was invented down under and is now on the way out as most Aussies drink our fabulous wines from bottles . . . and it is very reasonably priced. Come down and try it some time and run a teaching session or two for the locals!
You folks produce a first rate magazine, and I wish I had encountered it forty years again. Please keep it in production.

Lenna Smith
Cleveland, Australia

BRING IT PUNKS
Dear Editors,
The Credenda/Agenda issue "Sabbath Peace" Vol. #12, Number 2, had on the cover, "The Weariness of Sabbath-breaking." You guys have been fuzzy, vague, ambiguous, and imprecise before, not to mention cheeky, but this one takes the cake. I could only lament as I hunkered down over the articles regarding the Sabbath inside this disappointing issue, "Oh, the weariness of Sabbath-ignorance." "Why so?", you say?

It wasn't so much the bewildering array of double-talk that bothered me as it was the ineptness of the presentation respecting the basic definition of the Sabbath- there was no basic definition. None, that is, unless you stumble between the lines over the bogus staging of "seventh day transfered to first day" (Sabbath=Sunday) silliness found throughout articles wherein the Sabbath was mentioned. The muddling of the two terms and times, one set aside by God (seventh day) and the other set aside by man (first day), demeans the otherwise somewhat respectable writing a person might unearth in this issue. Further, the term "Sabbatarians" was used to depict or identify Sunday-keepers rather than to describe Saturday or seventh-day keepers (page 9,15). You guys know better than that, don't you? You should.
Fact: The Sabbath, as found translated in the Old Testament refers to the seventh day of the weekly cycle with few exceptions. Fact: The Sabbath, as found translated in the New Testament, refers to the seventh day of the weekly cycle, with one possible exception (Col. 2:16). Fact: There is no Sunday or first-day theology found in the New Testament. Fact: Nowhere in the Bible will you find the first day of each weekly cycle set aside for worship. (Pentecost is an annual holy convocation.) Fact: Only God can create (or terminate) spiritually holy times or places; man cannot invalidate or override His choices or decisions.
The depths of despair of the enitire issue was this inexcusable line offered up by Gary Hagen: "the Sabbath was changed [by God] from the seventh day to the first day. . ." The bracketed insertion "By God" created an utterly false statement. God never changed the Sabbath from the seventh day to the first day. Hagen's idea cannot be found within the Bible at all as anyone with a concordance and thirty minutes of time can easily discern. Nor did the "gospel" abrogate "the Sabbath" as Hagen "explains" from the Ausburg Confession. I challenge Mr. Hagen (or anyone else, for that matter) to show precisely where God changed the Sabbath from the seventh day to the first day. I would be pleased to respond to the claims.

F. Paul Haney
Watertown, CT

ONE LAST SHOT
Dear Editors,
Do enjoy Credenda/Agenda! I too had just returned from the "Bronze Serpent Heritage Conf." in Monroe, LA. when I read Doug Jones comments regarding "the flag." I thought, and correctly, "Boy, will they get the letters." . . . . Had D. Jones attended the conference with us folks and heard Dr. Joseph Morecraft's lectures on R.L. Dabney, I doubt Doug Jones would have made those comments.

Mrs. Ruth Ann Holley
Somewhere South

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