Alan J. Thompson. Luke. Exegetical Guide to the Greek New Testament. Nashville: Broadman & Holman, 2017. xliv + 414 pp. [Read more…] about Alan Thompson on the Gospel of Luke in Greek
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
My favorite two sentences in the Bible are Romans 11:36:
For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever. Amen.
Here’s how I trace the argument in Romans 11:33–36:
(I wrote a PhD dissertation on that passage, focusing on the previous two sentences—published in 2012.)
I asked Joe Tyrpak, one of my accountability partners, if he would design Romans 11:36 for canvas so that I could display it over the fireplace in our home and over my desk in my school office. Most people think of Joe as a faithful pastor and gifted preacher (and he is), but he also has an undergraduate degree in graphic design. Here’s what he designed for me:
Jason DeRouchie gave an outstanding lecture on February 23 to commemorate his promotion to Professor of Old Testament and Biblical Theology. (He is the first Bethlehem College & Seminary full professor whom our young school has promoted from within the faculty ranks.)
The title of his lecture was “Is Every Promise ‘Yes’? Old Testament Promises and the Christian.” I am not aware of anyone who has thought so carefully about how the people of God under the new covenant can claim promises God made to his people under the old covenant.
Here’s a video of the 80-minute lecture:
DeRouchie shares his outline and slides here.
We plan for the next issue of Themelios (~April 25) to include DeRouchie’s lecture as an article.
Last night my wife and I watched a screener of the new 90-minute documentary Luther: The Life and Legacy of the German Reformer.
- It interviews reliable guides throughout the film, especially Carl Trueman, Steve Nichols, R. C. Sproul, and Bob Kolb.
- It’s both sympathetic and critical. It responsibly surveys the life and times of Luther. Some of Luther’s writings make us cheer. Others make us wince. The film helpfully explains why.
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.