David Platt. Counter Culture: A Compassionate Call to Counter Culture in a World of Poverty, Same-Sex Marriage, Racism, Sex Slavery, Immigration, Persecution, Abortion, Orphans, and Pornography. Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House, 2015. 34-page sample PDF.
Greg Strand has organized another outstanding theology conference for the Evangelical Free Church of America on the campus of Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. This one is on the doctrine of the Scriptures (Jan 28–30, 2015). Speakers include Don Carson, Graham Cole, Phil Long, Doug Moo, Kevin Vanhoozer, and John Woodbridge.
More info here.
Sweet sleep is a gift from God: “when you lie down, your sleep will be sweet” (Proverbs 3:24b).
I agree with John Piper and Don Carson on sleep:
- John Piper: “For me, adequate sleep is not just a matter of staying healthy. It’s a matter of staying in the ministry” (p. 189).
- Don Carson: “Doubt may be fostered by sleep deprivation. If you keep burning the candle at both ends, sooner or later you will indulge in more and more mean cynicism—and the line between cynicism and doubt is a very thin one. Of course, different individuals require different numbers of hours of sleep: moreover, some cope with a bit of tiredness better than others. Nevertheless, if you are among those who become nasty, cynical, or even full of doubt when you are missing your sleep, you are morally obligated to try to get the sleep you need. We are whole, complicated beings; our physical existence is tied to our spiritual well-being, to our mental outlook, to our relationships with others, including our relationship with God. Sometimes the godliest thing you can do in the universe is get a good night’s sleep—not pray all night, but sleep. I’m certainly not denying that there may be a place for praying all night; I’m merely insisting that in the normal course of things, spiritual discipline obligates you get the sleep your body need” (p. 147)
So I was delighted to read this book: [Read more…]
I recently discovered that Southern Seminary makes available free PDFs of many of the PhD dissertations (and some ThM theses) that students have successfully defended there.
These students have spent years working on these treatises, and some of the theses are outstanding (e.g., David Schrock’s on definite atonement).
I wish more schools did this. I just added over 70 of these PDFs to my Zotero library.
More info here.
I’m taking a little blogging break in July and early August so that I can focus on some other projects. God-willing, I’ll be back by mid-August.
The archives are open.
E.g., these two posts from 2014 have received the most views thus far this year:
These 30 posts from 2013 received the most views in 2013 (my favorites are #25 and #29):
- Diabolical Ventriloquism: A 1-Sentence Summary of Each of Screwtape’s Letters
- How should churches relate to others with same-sex attractions? Read Peter Hubbard.
- 3 Reasons I Don’t Enthusiastically Recommend the History Channel’s “The Bible: The Epic Miniseries”
- Wayne Grudem on the Jason Bourne Films
- Piper Illustrates for Children How Faith Glorifies God
- Keller and Carson: Greco-Roman Slavery ≠ Race-Based Slavery
- Don Whitney: How Can I Be Sure I’m a Christian?
- Top 10 Tips for Being Clearer
- How a Recent Thesis Defines the Glory of God
- 6 Discontinuities between the Old and New Covenants
- Carson: The most painful things I’ve ever borne are betrayals by Christian friends
- How to Listen on Double Speed with an iPhone or iPod
- How Reliable Is Your Memory? 3 Practical Lessons
- Murray Harris’s 6-Page Expanded Paraphrase of Colossians
- Joshua Harris’s New Book: Humble Orthodoxy
- The Best Book on Sexual Purity
- MacArthur: “It’s very easy to be hard to understand”
- Ben Witherington: “The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away” is “not good theology”
- What Is the Message of Each Book of the Bible?
- Brothers, We Are Not Professionals
- How to Disagree with Other Christians about Disputable Matters
- Exulting in Harry Potter
- How Should Parents Discipline Their Children? Is Spanking Wrong?
- An Unmistakable Sign of a Legalistic Spirit
- We’re Moving to Minneapolis: 5 Reasons We’re Excited to Serve at Bethlehem College & Seminary
- Professor of Defense Against the Dark Arts
- Why You Should Not Be Dogmatic about All of Your Convictions: Lloyd-Jones on Silk Stockings, Baths, Radios, and More
- The Wingfeather Saga by Andrew Peterson
- Why It’s Important to Understand Direct vs. Mitigated Speech
- The 2 Issues I Most Frequently Address When Copy-Editing
These 20 posts from 2012 received the most views in 2012 (my favorite is #20):
- John Frame’s Advice: 30 Suggestions for Theological Students and Young Theologians
- 3 Ways to Nourish and Cherish Your Wife: Practical Advice C. J. Mahaney Would Give You If He Met with You at Starbucks
- Why People Hate the Sermon on the Mount
- Don Carson’s Three Secrets of Productivity and Godly Efficiency
- HCSB vs. ESV vs. NIV
- Ten Narnia Resources
- Must a Wife Always Follow Her Husband’s Leadership?
- Videos of All 44 Stories in The Jesus Storybook Bible
- Ten Resources for Enjoying Tolkien’s The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings
- Covenant Eyes
- My New Book: From Typology to Doxology
- 22 Mistakes Pastors Make in Practicing Church Discipline
- Progressive Covenantalism: A Via Media between Covenant Theology and Dispensationalism
- This Is How We Pray for Our Children
- A New Systematic Theology by an Eccentric Genius
- Falsifying Views on the Extent of the Atonement
- Limited Atonement in the Bible, Doctrine, History, and Ministry
- Tom Schreiner’s Top Three Commentaries on Each of Paul’s Letters
- Critiquing William Webb’s Redemptive-Movement Hermeneutic
- Announcing Emma Elyse Naselli
These ten posts from 2011 received the most views in 2011:
- Why John Piper Doesn’t Own a TV
- iPad Resources
- How to Manipulate People to Make (Fake) Professions of Faith
- Is C. S. Lewis the Patron Saint of American Evangelicalism?
- Bible Memory for Young Children
- Evernote or OneNote?
- The Importance of Dignified Translations
- The Myth of Mutual Submission
- Mirror Reading
Mark Wilson. Charts on the Book of Revelation: Literary, Historical, and Theological Perspectives. Kregel Charts of the Bible and Theology. Grand Rapids: Kregel, 2007.
Check out this 32-page PDF sample, which includes the table of contents and many of the charts. But don’t skip over the first two pages of the PDF: the endorsements. The Revelation scholars who endorse the book include [Read more…]