Archives For November 2007

Daniel L. Migliore observes that humans are paradoxical:

“We human beings are a mystery to ourselves. We are rational and irrational, civilized and savage, capable of deep friendship and murderous hostility, free and in bondage, the pinnacle of creation and its greatest danger. We are Rembrandt and Hitler, Mozart and Stalin, Antigone and Lady Macbeth, Ruth and Jezebel” (Faith Seeking Understanding: An Introduction to Christian Theology [2d ed.; Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2004], p. 139).

How many worldviews can adequately account for that? Christians account for it with the Fall in Genesis 3 and by tracing harmatiological trajectories all the way through to the consummation in Revelation 21–22. The Fall is an essential component of the Bible’s storyline; without it we’d have a hard time making sense out of reality.

The Fall, however, is only part of the frame of reference necessary for making sense out of reality. That frame of reference is supplied by the Bible’s storyline. For a thoughtful presentation of that storyline, see chapters 5–6 in D. A. Carson, The Gagging of God: Christianity Confronts Pluralism (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1996), pp. 193–314.

Gagging of God

See also chapters 2–3 in D. A. Carson, Christ and Culture Revisited (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, forthcoming [Spring 2008]).

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In “The Cross: Crucial in Worship,” Bob Kauflin argues that Jesus’ cross-work is related to our worship in three ways:

  1. “Jesus’ atoning work on the cross is our means of access.”
  2. “Jesus’ atoning work on the cross makes our worship acceptable.”
  3. “Jesus’ atoning work on the cross is the object of our adoration.”

Phil Gons reflects on advantages of Logos books over print books after moving his his library from South Carolina across the country to Washington. I heartily agree with him!

Cf. “Are E-Books Riskier Than Print Books?” and “How Is an E-Library Superior to a Print Library?” in my review of Scholar’s Library: Gold (Logos Bible Software).

ETS and SBL

Andy Naselli —  November 20, 2007 — 2 Comments

This morning I returned home from San Diego, where I attended the annual meetings for the Evangelical Theological Society and the Society of Biblical Literature. I immensely enjoyed the sunny weather in San Diego (where I lived in 1994–1995 and where Jenni and I honeymooned in 2004), seeing and making new friends, and buying and browsing books!

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Crossway just released a superb book on preaching in honor of Kent Hughes:

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Leland Ryken and Todd A. Wilson, eds. Preach the Word: Essays on Expository Preaching: In Honor of R. Kent Hughes. Wheaton: Crossway, 2007.

The latest post on “Addenda & Errata” (a blog by IVP editors) is hilarious: “Top Ten Things to Say on Returning Home with Conference Book Plunder.” (I already shared the article with my wife, so I won’t be able to use any of these excuses—except for #3—after returning home from ETS and SBL in San Diego!)

David Mathis, John Piper’s “Executive Pastoral Assistant,” just posted “The Future of Justification for the Rest of Us” on the Desiring God blog.

 

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My favorite part of Mathis’s post was learning that Piper’s book is available for free as a PDF!

This is a wise post. Mathis explains why “not everyone should read John Piper’s new book on justification,” but he also suggests how to profit from the book without reading it from cover to cover. He concludes,

“Don’t feel out of the loop or way behind if you haven’t heard of Wright and the NPP. You shouldn’t necessarily feel the need to familiarize yourself with them. But reading some of these key sections and chapters may help strengthen your theology of justification and ward off attacks on this precious doctrine when they come.”