I’m planning to help lead a trip to Israel in October:
There are still some spots available for others to join us.
More info here.
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.
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.
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:
John MacArthur and Richard Mayhue, eds. Biblical Doctrine: A Systematic Summary of Bible Truth. Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2017.
In addition to presenting orthodox theology common to historic Protestants, MacArthur and Mayhue defend an unusual combination of views that evangelicals debate, such as young-earth creationism, Calvinist soteriology, credobaptism, elder-rule polity, complementarianism, cessationism, and traditional dispensationalism (or what they call futuristic premillennialism). They argue in a clear and orderly way that is worth engaging even if you disagree.