The Real Problem with Gambling

Andy Naselli —  September 23, 2014 — 3 Comments

gamblingThat’s the title of a short appendix in this book:

Vern S. Poythress. Chance and the Sovereignty of God: A God-Centered Approach to Probability and Random Events. Wheaton: Crossway, 2014.

Here’s what Poythress calls “The Real Problem with Gambling” (pp. 279–81):

The preceding appendix has analyzed a number of gambling systems by which gamblers hope to “beat the odds” and make a killing. We could consider still more systems. In each case, careful calculations of the probabilities show that the gambler will not win in the long run. In fact, in casino games the probabilities are always stacked against the customer, so that in the long run the casino consistently takes in money from every form of gambling that it offers on its premises. Continue Reading…

danielHere’s how the latest volume in Don Carson’s NSBT series concludes:

James M. Hamilton Jr. With the Clouds of Heaven: The Book of Daniel in Biblical Theology. New Studies in Biblical Theology 32. Downers Grove: IVP, 2014.


The book of Daniel contributes to the Bible’s unfolding redemptive-historical storyline. Continue Reading…

RinneMy responsibility as a professor at Bethlehem College and Seminary includes training elder-qualified men in our seminary. What does it mean to be elder-qualified?

Jeramie Rinne answers that question with six statements in Church Elders: How to Shepherd God’s People Like Jesus (9Marks; Wheaton: Crossway, 2014), 19–29.

You know you’re qualified to serve as an elder if . . . Continue Reading…

Gerald Hiestand convincingly argues that the answer is yes:

Gerald Hiestand, “A Biblical-Theological Approach to Premarital Sexual Ethics: or, What Saint Paul Would Say about ‘Making Out,’Bulletin of Ecclesial Theology 1 (2014): 13–32.

This article expands on the first two chapters in Gerald Hiestand and Jay Thomas, Sex, Dating, and Relationships: A Fresh Approach (Wheaton: Crossway, 2012).

Here’s the article’s thesis: Continue Reading…

The latest episode of the edifying and motivating Dispatches from the Front DVD Series released last month: Day of Battle  . It is set in North Africa.

2-minute trailer:

Related: Stories of Gospel Advance in the World’s Difficult Places

LettersTomorrow begins what I hope will be many meetings with my four new seminary mentees. They are each in year three of our four-year MDiv-program at Bethlehem College and Seminary. Among other things we’re planning to work through many of the letters in this book:

D. A. Carson and John D. Woodbridge. Letters Along the Way: A Novel of the Christian Life. Wheaton: Crossway, 1993.  

I briefly reviewed this book in 2006 after Jenni and I read it together, and I reread it earlier this month. It’s packed with wisdom. So edifying. Continue Reading…

What, how, and why do we teach at Bethlehem College and Seminary?

My answer:

I explain the context here.