Entries by Kim Dy

The Holy Context of Divine Speech-Act

Language is an essential characteristic of the tri-personal God (the Father, Son, and Spirit). It is a necessity of His social being and a communicative attribute of His truthful nature. Thus, when God speaks, He speaks truth (Prov. 8:8-9). However, because of the presence of sin in the human heart, the “straightness” and “rightness” of […]

The Methodology of Satan’s Speech-Act

If hypocrisy is a subtle form of speech-act, lying is its destructive form. Of course, both bring a damaging effect, but by emphasis, hypocrisy has to do more with the attitude of the person. Lying has to do with his expression or communication. By motivation and manner, lies subtly destroy its target. The classic example […]

Constatives vs. Performatives

However, as constatives have their functions, we have to understand that constatives are not as powerful as performatives. There are people who simply said, and then there are the people who went on and did. The impact of this is powerful and life changing. Anyone can speak a lot of words and act smart and […]

Constatives vs. Performatives

However, as constatives have their functions, we have to understand that constatives are not as powerful as performatives. There are people who simply said, and then there are the people who went on and did. The impact of this is powerful and life changing. Anyone can speak a lot of words and act smart and […]

The Purpose of Constatives in the Bible

A good majority of Jesus’ teachings were constatives, as he was simply stating truths that were unfamiliar to all the people during that time. Certainly, along with the constatives came performatives, but teachings such as the Sermon on the Mount were largely, if not entirely, constatives.   One of my favorite constatives is when Jesus […]

What assertions are you making?

The prayer for this week is to have the ability to SEE God in every single thing that is true in the world. At the end of the day, the Lord is TRUE and there is nothing false in Him.   The Bible is an assertion of God’s Word. How is your faith an assertion? […]

The Example of Christian Speech-Act of Faith

Whenever God speaks, truth is asserted. His word then is the basis of what is right and wrong, even the foundation of meaningful human responsibility. Thus, when God speaks, the proper and reverent response is faith. This kind of faith is not a leap in the dark, but a leap in the light of God’s […]

Making Assertions of Christ Part 2

People will question and doubt your assertions – especially if they are rather different from what others claim. However, our assertions should turn into action. Here, we see Jesus being threatened to be stone if he continued making claims as he did, and yet he went on and stood firm. He didn’t falter he didn’t […]

Making Assertions of Christ

In line with this, we must take the closest look at how we make assertions about Christ and the Gospel. Let’s once again take a look at what Paul says about assertions and how he went about it: What I have just said I repeat–if anyone is preaching to you a Good News other than […]

To Assert is to Enter a Commitment

In many ways, making an assertion is like letting everyone know that you are committed to a certain idea, and beyond just being committed to a certain belief, you are committed to truth. For example, when you assert that this speaker is the best in all the land, you commit yourself to the truth in […]

How to Make Assertions

People who do not agree on the same thing tend to find themselves in the same situation, and you probably have experienced this yourself too. It’s certainly common, especially if you are so passionate and grounded in your beliefs. But Scripture reminds us that there is a way to go about this: Remind the people […]

The Word is Made Flesh Through an Offer

We have all received and presented offers in our lives. On a day-to-day basis, we may have offered to open the door for someone, carried a bag of groceries, or shared a cab ride. We have also been at the other end, receiving an offer that we may or may not have accepted. It is […]