Josh Harris Resigns So He Can Attend Seminary

Josh Harris humbly announced that to Covenant Life Church yesterday.

Hats off to him.

Here are two statements that stand out to me—a seminary professor who teaches New Testament and theology (including ecclesiology):

  1. If I had been seminary trained with established convictions about church polity, pastoral leadership and other topics, I don’t think I would have been chosen to lead our church. (I might not have accepted the job!)
  2. [Abraham Lincoln] said, “If I had eight hours to cut down a tree I’d spend six hours sharpening my ax.” I believe Jesus is calling me to do some ax sharpening.

(God doesn’t call every pastor to do what Josh Harris is doing, so I don’t intend for this post to induce false guilt in current pastors. My motive is to encourage current seminary students to sharpen their ax!)

Read (or watch) the whole thing.

Beer and Bacon: Christian Hedonism 2.0

RigneyThat’s not the title of Joe Rigney‘s next book, but it could be:

Joe Rigney. The Things of Earth: Treasuring God by Enjoying His Gifts. Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2015.

The four men who have most influenced Joe’s thinking on this subject are Jonathan Edwards, John Piper, C. S. Lewis, and Doug Wilson. Wilson quipped a while back that Piper’s Christian hedonism could use a little more “beer and bacon.” Joe has fleshed that out, and this book is the result.

Check out the contents in this 48-page sample PDF, including a foreword by John Piper. I’m not sure I’ve read a more glowing foreword. [Read more…]