by Robie Day
Here’s this week’s recommended reading, and a great resource as well…
If you don’t have an audio Bible, don’t miss your opportunity to get this great dramatized version of the ESV… FREE!
Dave Dunham has only written two posts in his series entitled “Godliness and Perfectionism“, but I have to say I have already enjoyed reading the first two parts of this series more than any other series of posts I have read this year.
Here’s an important article by Thom Rainer on criticism in the church which all Christians should check themselves against.
For those who are called to creative work, here’s a good article by Jeff Bettger.
I was as surprised as Thabiti Anyabwile to read this, but found it very intriguing to read this post on why W.E.B. DuBois chose not to vote in the 1956.
David Dunham also wrote this great article on one of my favorite bands, Mumford & Sons.
At last, we have reached the end of examining four important concepts in obtaining and maintaining a Christian worldview. As you might recall, John Frame states that the notion of God’s absolute personality, the clear Creator-creature distinction, the complete sovereignty of God, and the doctrine of the Trinity are vital metaphysical characteristics of a Christian worldview. For our concluding discussion we will be reviewing the necessity of advocating a Trinitarian conception of God in our Christian weltanschauung.
Anselm, the famous archbishop of Canterbury, once stated this truth,
Thus, even should a human being or a bad angel not wish to be subject to the divine will or governance, he cannot flee from it, because, if he wishes to escape from a will that issues orders, he runs beneath a will that inflicts punishment; and if you ask by what route he passes from one to the other, it is nowhere other than beneath a will that gives permission; and the supreme Wisdom changes his wrong desire or action into the order and beauty of the universal scheme of things to which I have been referring.
1.) Thouology– This article is from the boys at The Gospel Coalition and, I think, is important to consider. It is not just about knowing about God, but knowing Him personally and intimately as well.
2.) Kingdom Through Covenant– This is the title of a new book released by Stephen Wellum and Peter Gentry, both professors at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY. There has been a lot of hype over this book from that community, and while I have not read the book yet, this interview at Credo Magazine was helpful.
3.) The Problem of Pain– I am in the last stages of completing a Theology of C.S. Lewis class, and this is the book that I am currently reading. Though many of you have probably read this, or maybe not, perhaps it is time for another look. The problem of pain and evil is an important one for pastoral ministry, one that we should always be ready to address the best we can.
Though it’s been a while since my last post in the Worldview Basics series, I have officially returned for more (pumped!). Previously, we discussed the question of how one would define worldview (Weltanschauung) while also introducing the first of four important concepts to consider in regards to building and maintaining a Christian worldview. In this post, I would like to focus on the next essential feature of a Christian worldview; namely that of the Creator/Creature relationship as John Frame suggests.
In Frame’s approach to dealing with the issue of the Creator/creature relationship, he centers the discussion on the notion of God’s transcendence and His immanence. Rightfully, Frame places such a large emphasis on defining and describing these terms because they have the ability to radically shape what one believes about God—even from a Christian perspective. Frame defines God’s transcendence in this way,
Evidently Dylan and I both decided to take an unplanned, one week hiatus from the blog. To be honest, we’ve both been pretty bogged down with school work this week, as well as preparing for the upcoming conference that we will be hosting in September. (Reader beware! Conference plug coming in 3…2…1…) And since I mentioned it, if you live in southern Ohio and you are interested in attending an outstanding pastor’s conference, you should check out www.southernohiopastorsconference.wordpress.com. Anyway, here are a few good articles I came across this week. For some reason, most of them were about preaching.
Justin Taylor posted this important and challenging quote by Andrew Pervis, calling preachers to do what the were ordained to do.
One of the things I like about Joe Thorn is that he usually gets right to the point. Here’s a short post he wrote on the law and the gospel.
Here’s some recommended reading from around the blogosphere in the past week…
In this helpful post, Mark Driscoll offers five questions to ask yourself when reading the Bible.
I love Batman. I always have. In this post, David Dunham writes about his own affection for the Caped Crusader.
In this post, Mark Driscoll explains three ways to faithfully preach the gospel.
James K.A. Smith offers a brief historical overview of reformed theology.
In last week’s sermon, John Piper demonstrates the need for care when addressing the doctrine of election.