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.
by Robie Day
As I read through my list of blogs that I frequent each week, I continued to come across posts that I wanted to include in this week’s recommended reading. I found some to be extremely helpful, while others were just interesting. Hopefully you enjoy them as well.
Looking for a good Systematic Theology textbook? David Dunham offers a quick description of several leading systematic texts. David also began a new series this week entitled, “Godliness and Perfectionism.”
There has been much said about this week’s discovery of the Coptic fragment dubbed the Gospel of Jesus’ Wife. Here, Justin Taylor posted Francis Watson’s six-page analysis of the document.
Many parents struggle with the issue of neo-Darwinian evolution being taught in schools without any mention of intelligent design. Here is a parent’s guide to intelligent design and science education, provided by the Discovery Institute’s Center for Science and Culture.
This is just cool. Petapixel.com posted this photo, stating “This is the Most Zoomed-In Photograph Ever Created by Mankind.”
R.C. Sproul Jr. answers the question, “Who Are the Sons and Daughters of Men in Gensis 6:1-5?”
Tim Challies continues his series entitled “The Essential,” addressing the sin of pride.
by Robie Day
As we move into the various methodologies of Christian apologetics, I think it will be helpful to first identify two general classifications of argumentative methods. Simply put, when engaging other worldviews, one can argue positively or negatively. However, when we say that one can utilize a positive or negative argument, we are not talking about the attitude or demeanor with which they approach the discussion (I addressed this in an earlier post on the biblical approach to apologetics). Below, I have provided two short, simple explanations of positive and negative apologetics: Read More…
by Robie Day
I apologize I have not been posting in my series on apologetics lately. I have been very busy with the start of the school year and the conference Dylan and I are hosting this weekend. I plan to post again this weekend. Regardless, here are a few articles I enjoyed this week…
Jared Wilson writes about the importance of the pastor’s ability to say “I don’t know.”
Michael Horton offers this very helpful article on making sound arguments and avoiding logical fallacies.
When it comes to tragedies like 9/11, Matt Rawlings explains that it is not only important that we remember, but how we remember.
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.
by Robie Day
Last month, we held our first Bible School at Grace Brethren Chapel. Since the event was held throughout the week, and work schedules kept several members from being able to attend the event for the entire week, we were in need of a teacher for our teen class. I asked Dylan if he would be able to help us out for the weeklong event, and, thankfully, he was more than willing. Read More…