Episode 10 is set in the Middle East in southern Arabia and northern Iraq, and it features our friends Dave and Gloria Furman (and others). When my DVD arrived in the mail, I promptly sat down with my daughters to watch it together. [Read more…] about Episode 10 of Dispatches from the Front (set in the Middle East in southern Arabia and northern Iraq)
Here’s my attempt to explain how to interpret and apply the Bible:
Andrew David Naselli. How to Understand and Apply the New Testament: Twelve Steps from Exegesis to Theology. Phillipsburg, NJ: P&R Publishing, 2017. xxx + 384 pages.
- 57-page sample PDF. That PDF begins with 43 generous endorsements and includes Don Carson’s Foreword and the book’s Introduction.
- Available from Amazon and Westminster Bookstore. Currently, Westminster Bookstore is offering the best deal.
- Available for Kindle and Logos Bible Software
- Available at a discount in a bundle with Jason DeRouchie’s companion volume from Westminster Bookstore and Logos Bible Software.
The book’s structure is simple. It begins by introducing exegesis and theology, which I break down into twelve steps. Those twelve steps are the book’s twelve chapters. [Read more…] about How to Understand and Apply the New Testament: Twelve Steps from Exegesis to Theology
John Piper. The Collected Works of John Piper. Edited by David Mathis and Justin Taylor. 13 vols. + one volume of indexes. Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2017. 8,464 pages. Available from Amazon and Westminster Bookstore .
Both Justin Taylor and David Mathis have spent years serving as John Piper’s assistant, and they know Piper and his publications unusually well. Justin wrote his fascinating PhD dissertation on Piper, and David is the executive editor for Desiring God.
The editors explain in the introduction to volume 1, [Read more…] about The Collected Works of John Piper
In C. S. Lewis’s brilliant address “The Weight of Glory,” he talks about our “desire for our own far-off country.” Then he asks,
Do you think I am trying to weave a spell? Perhaps I am; but remember your fairy tales. Spells are used for breaking enchantments as well as for inducing them. And you and I have need of the strongest spell that can be found to wake us from the evil enchantment of worldliness which has been laid upon us for nearly a hundred years.
On March 1 I preached a sermon on 1 John 2:15–17 in Bethlehem College & Seminary chapel about breaking “the evil enchantment of worldliness.” (By the way, preachers used to address worldliness more often. I searched Charles Spurgeon’s published sermons and discovered that he used the word worldliness over 350 times.)
Here’s a video of the 40-minute sermon:
I ask and briefly answer twelve questions about 1 John 2:15–17: [Read more…] about Do Not Love the World: Breaking the Evil Enchantment of Worldliness
I recently read three helpful books on productivity. I still think the best overall book on productivity is Tim Challies’s Do More Better: A Practical Guide to Productivity. But these three books served me by reinforcing and supplementing Do More Better.
The first two are secular (with lots of common grace). The third is evangelical.
1. Greg McKeown. Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less. New York: Crown Business, 2014.
- Figure out what your core responsibilities and most important goals are.
- Block out time for that.
- Say No to other things—even good things—that you don’t have bandwidth for.
- Don’t feel guilty about saying No.
- Don’t overcommit. Setting strategic boundaries frees you to do what is most important. Less is more.
The next issue of Themelios doesn’t release for a few months, but we are releasing the lead article in that issue early because it is so timely:
Carson, D. A. “Subtle Ways to Abandon the Authority of Scripture in Our Lives.” Themelios 42 (2017): 1–12. [web version | PDF]
Carson addresses a number of controversial issues, including what Jen and Brandon Hatmaker have recently argued to support monogamous same-sex marriage.
I just updated my article “How I Set Up My Desks: One for Sitting, One for Walking.”
I tweaked the entire article and added two new bits:
- I explain how you can use an iPad or iPhone as an external monitor.
- I share information about my new treadmill and custom-built treadmill desk.