I recently highlighted how Sam Storms defines legalism: “the tendency to regard as divine law things that God has neither required nor forbidden in Scripture, and the corresponding inclination to look with suspicion on others for their failure or refusal to conform.”
This thoughtful introduction to the doctrine of the church rightly roots its systematic theology in biblical theology. [Read more…]
John Piper. Brothers, We Are Not Professionals: A Plea to Pastors for Radical Ministry. 2nd ed. Nashville: Broadman & Holman, 2013. 307 pp.
Here are the contents (I highlighted the chapters that are new to the second edition): [Read more…]
This is rich. I’ve heard several people recommend them recently, and now I know why.
The corresponding NT lectures are by Craig Blomberg (about 4 hours, 40 min.) and Tom Schreiner (about 4 hours, 15 min.). It’s good stuff, but in these recordings Miles Van Pelt is more engaging.
From an interview of John MacArthur on “expository leadership” (watch from 11:45 to 12:35):
The money quote:
It’s very easy to be hard to understand. It only requires that you not know what you’re talking about. And if you don’t know what you’re talking about, nobody else will either.
It’s very hard to be crystal-clear because in order to be crystal-clear you have to have mastered the text. [Read more…]
Chute, Anthony L., Christopher W. Morgan, and Robert A. Peterson, eds. Why We Belong: Evangelical Unity and Denominational Diversity. Wheaton: Crossway, 2013. 251 pp.
This book promotes a healthy Christian unity by showing how and why God’s family is much larger than any one denomination. [Read more…]
The pattern of Ezra 7:10:
- Study the word.
- Practice the word.
- Teach the word. [Read more…]