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20 Interviews

Andy Naselli —  June 26, 2014 — Leave a comment

Here are links to 20 interviews I’ve conducted over the last six years (mostly for my friend Justin Taylor’s blog):

  1. David Reimer on Ezekiel
  2. Andreas Köstenberger on 1 Timothy 2:12
  3. Tom Schreiner on New Testament theology
  4. Sam Storms on Colossians
  5. John Frame on the problem of evil
  6. Nathan Busenitz on apologetics
  7. Clint Arnold on Colossians
  8. Steve Baugh on Ephesians
  9. Mike Bullmore on preaching (audio)
  10. Rolland McCune on systematic theology
  11. Randy Alcorn on suffering and evil
  12. Simon Gathercole on the Gospel of Judas and the Gospel of Thomas
  13. Desi Alexander on biblical theology
  14. Chris Morgan on the glory of God
  15. Steve Dempster on Old Testament theology
  16. Peter O’Brien on Hebrews
  17. Michael Lawrence on biblical theology and the church
  18. Chris Morgan on the theology of James
  19. Champ Thornton on God’s Love: A Bible Storybook
  20. J. D. Crowley on Romans

Helm“David Helm has written the most helpful, concise, and useful book on expository preaching I have ever read.”
–Matt Chandler

David Helm. Expositional Preaching: How We Speak God’s Word Today. 9Marks. Wheaton: Crossway, 2014. 38-page PDF sample.

7 excerpts: Continue Reading…

FrameSSWThis book collects some short articles by John Frame:

John M. Frame. John Frame’s Selected Shorter Writings: Volume One. Phillipsburg, NJ: Presbyterian & Reformed, 2014. Continue Reading…

heavenJohn MacArthur. The Glory of Heaven: The Truth about Heaven, Angels, and Eternal Life; With New Material Addressing the Current Debate and Issues. 2nd ed. Wheaton: Crossway, 2013.

One of the most talked-about books of 2011 was Heaven Is for Real, by Todd Burpo with Lynn Vincent. The book recounts four-year-old Colton Burpo’s vision of heaven (as told by his father to Ms. Vincent). Colton claims he visited heaven during surgery a!er a burst appendix nearly took his life. His stories of heaven are full of fanciful features and peculiar details that bear all the earmarks of a child’s vivid imagination. There’s nothing transcendent or even particularly enlightening about Colton’s description of heaven. In fact, it is completely devoid of the breathtaking glory featured in every biblical description of the heavenly realm. That doesn’t deter Todd Burpo from singling out selective phrases and proof texts from Scripture, citing them as if they authenticated his son’s account. (p. 14) Continue Reading…

Friday evening (May 16) is Bethlehem College and Seminary’s 3rd Commencement. John Piper, our Chancellor, plans to address the members of the 2014 graduating class.

I’m just completing my first year on faculty at BCS, and it’s been a joy to serve here. My family loves BCS, and we’re all in. We love BCS’s mission and strategy.

I explain why in this 4-minute video:

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I spend most of my waking hours working on my computer. I do a lot of reading, research, writing, editing, and emailing. And I do most of that at a desk.

I’ve customized my desk setup for what I do. Of course, this isn’t how everyone else should set up their desks, but my setup may give you some ideas for how to customize your desk for what you do.

My Desk for Sitting

Here’s my desk setup:

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Perman_deskI had not given much thought to organizing my desk until Matt Perman published a series of blog posts on it in 2009. Matt recently revised and expanded his series into a handy little book: How to Set Up Your Desk: A Guide to Fixing a (Surprisingly) Overlooked Productivity Problem. Here’s my endorsement:

Matt Perman has served me so well in applying a Steve Jobs-like approach to my workflow: simple, intuitive, elegant, and efficient. I’ve followed most of his advice about setting up my desk (as well as processing my email), and it works beautifully.

Here are five components to my setup: Continue Reading…

McDill

Speakers and writers often say something like this: “My sermon has three points” or “I’d like to share four things.”

This book taught me not to do that:

Wayne McDill. 12 Essential Skills for Great Preaching. 2nd ed. Nashville: Broadman & Holman, 2006.

I took my first homiletics courses in college in the 1999–2000 school year, and the first edition of this book was one of my main textbooks.

That book has served me well over the last fifteen years. It taught me to use language precisely. Continue Reading…