Earlier this week I participated in a panel with some of my colleagues on glorifying God amid election angst:
Follow-up thoughts: [Read more…] about Glorifying God amid Election Angst
Here’s what Tim Keller writes in an extended callout in Center Church: Doing Balanced, Gospel-Centered Ministry in Your City (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2012), 376–80:
All Christian movements must be based on commonly held biblical truths, and yet they must be characterized by trust and a willingness to unite around central truths and accept differences on secondary matters that—in the view of ministry partners—do not negate our common belief in the biblical gospel. On the one hand, we must realize that if we are going to maintain a healthy movement over time, we have to engage in direct discussion about any doctrinal errors we perceive. On the other hand, we must engage in such a way that we show great respect for the other party and aim to persuade them, not just punish them.
How can this be done? I suggest the following principles for “polemics”—contending over doctrine—that is seasoned in tone and strategy by the gospel itself. As I’ve read a number of respected Christian authors over the years, I have distilled a few “rules of engagement” that I believe can keep us from either avoiding polemics or engaging in it in a spiritually destructive way. [Read more…] about Tim Keller: 6 Principles for How to Argue When You Disagree
David Powlison. Good and Angry: Redeeming Anger, Irritation, Complaining, and Bitterness. Greensboro, NC: New Growth, 2016.
Powlison, the Yoda of biblical counseling, penetratingly explains what makes anger good or sinful and what to do about it.
Check out this 33-page PDF sample, which includes the endorsements, table of contents, introduction, and first chapter.
Christopher Ash. Married for God: Making Your Marriage the Best It Can Be. Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2016.
Engaged couples would benefit from carefully reading this book. The way Ash applies the Bible is pithy, practical, and wise.
I just caught up listening to all the Ask Pastor John episodes (900+ now). John Piper and the host, Tony Reinke, serve us well. I benefit especially from the well-reasoned rubber-meets-the-road practical theology.
Here’s a sampling of 13 episodes that stand out:
Doug Wilson explains why in “An Open Letter to an Angry Husband.” Spot on.
Below is an insightful excerpt from Mark Dever, Discipling: How to Help Others Follow Jesus, 9Marks (Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2016), 101–3. I bolded the most punchy paragraph and underlined the sentence that made me laugh out loud. So true.