Tim Tebow’s Platform Stewardship

Tim Tebow with Nathan Whitaker, Through My Eyes (New York: HarperCollins, 2011), pp. ix–x:

Since I first started playing high school football, a lot has been written about me. Some true, some not so true. Some positive, some not so positive. And some of it claiming to even know my mind-set and motivation.

It’s not always the easiest thing to be the center of so much spilled ink. You read glowing things, and it doesn’t feel deserved. You read things that are critical, and it cuts you to the bone. It’s because of both those extremes of others’ opinions that I felt it the natural thing to do to tell my story, written from my perspective. . . .

In addition, the sheer amount that has been written about me also seems to indicate that, for whatever reason, a great number of people have a significant interest in me. In some respects that is very flattering. I’d guess that any one of us would be flattered by that level of interest. However, my parents always told me, from an early age, that we all have the ability to influence others, whether through our words or actions, or both. They always added that, besides possessing the ability, we also have the responsibility to use it in a positive, encouraging, and uplifting way—a platform. Who knows? Maybe my platform will be the same in five years; maybe not. One thing I’m confident of is that the Lord already knows the answer to that, and He has a plan for it all. That is something I’ve learned to have the utmost assurance of and faith in—His daily, weekly, monthly, total and eternal plan for our lives. [Read more…]

An Edifying Vision of Marriage

In October 2011 I reviewed this book for the forthcoming edition of JBMW, and the CBMW Blog has posted the review. [Update on 12/4/2012: The review is now available as a PDF.]

Timothy Keller, with Kathy Keller. The Meaning of Marriage: Facing the Complexities of Commitment with the Wisdom of God. New York: Dutton, 2011.

Conclusion:

I could apply many adjectives to the book:

  1. insightful,
  2. shrewd,
  3. disarming,
  4. realistic,
  5. convicting,
  6. pastoral,
  7. warm,
  8. gracious,
  9. penetrating,
  10. theological,
  11. relevant,
  12. faithful,
  13. incisive,
  14. accessible,
  15. clear,
  16. compelling.

But perhaps best of all (because of those traits), it’s edifying.

It has inspired me to glorify God by loving and leading my wife like Ephesians 5:21-33 commands.

Related: I blogged on this book three times in October:

  1. You Take Me the Way I Am
  2. Some Practical Counsel for Marriage Seekers
  3. “My wife has lived with at least five different men since we were wed—and each of the five has been me.”

Money quote from Keller in an interview:

In the long run, the more superficial things that made a person sexually attractive will move to the background, and matters of character, humility, grace, courage, faithfulness, and love will come to the foreground. So companionship, duty, and mutual sacrifice are, in the end, the sexiest things of all.

And here are three videos:

1. An interview with Tim and Kathy Keller:

2. Tim Keller presents the book to Google employees:

3. Tim and Kathy Keller present the book at The Gospel Coalition’s 2012 National Women’s Conference:

Warning to Calvinists: Don’t Let Your Love for Truth Excuse Factionalism

Two new books address a familiar controversy:

  • Michael Horton. For Calvinism. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2011.  [PDF sample]
  • Roger E. Olson. Against Calvinism. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2011. [PDF sample]

(Horton wins hands-down on the more attractive book cover—not to mention the argument!)

Horton’s last chapter is entitled “Calvinism Today: A SWOT Analysis.” Here’s how he introduces it:

We know from daily experience that our greatest strengths can also become our greatest weaknesses.

  1. Persistence can become stubbornness;
  2. sympathy can devolve into sentimentality; and
  3. genuine concern for others sometimes turns into an obsequious craving for approval.
  4. Remarkable gifts of leadership and creativity can be used for good or ill, depending on the motivation and the goals.
  5. The same is true of movements, since they are largely the collective activity of people like us.

It has become popular for businesses and organizations to conduct a periodical “SWOT” analysis, [Read more…]

Tom Holland’s New Commentary on Romans

When Doug Moo recommends something on Romans, I take note because he’s the Jedi-master of Romans.

Tom Holland. Romans: The Divine Marriage; A Biblical Theological Commentary. Eugene, OR: Pickwick, 2011. 543 pp.

  1. Douglas J. Moo: “As the subtitle indicates, Tom Holland’s Romans is truly both biblical and theological, as the letter is set firmly in its unfolding canonical context. Holland shows how Romans contributes to our understanding of God’s covenant arrangement with humankind. The commentary digs deeply into current scholarship on the Old Testament roots of Paul’s teaching, yet presents its conclusions in accessible language.”
  2. Robert W. Yarbrough: “This vigorously argued commentary seeks to allow Old Testament themes and thought patterns, not misguided scholarly conventions, to control Romans’ message. . . . Scholars of Romans will be stimulated by interaction with this canonically alert, creative, and frequently contrarian exposition and synthesis of a Pauline classic.”
  3. Anthony C. Thiselton: “Tom Holland always remains alert to the influence and relevance of the Old Testament and emphasizes the impact of Paul’s thought upon the church as a community as well as on the individual as part of that community. Above all, Tom Holland deploys his scholarship to produce a very salient and practical commentary.”

[Read more…]

Gospel Meditations for Missions

This booklet becomes available this week:

Chris Anderson, ed. Gospel Meditations for Missions: Thirty-One Daily Readings to Help You Be Gospel-Saturated All Day, Every Day. Madison, OH: Church Works, 2011.

You can read the introduction and two meditations in this PDF sample.

Five Authors

I love the authors. They’re faithful servants:

  1. Chris Anderson is the founding pastor of Tri-County Bible Church in Madison, Ohio. He is the founder of churchworksmedia.com, where he has published hymns (including “His Robes for Mine” and “For the Sake of His Name”) and the Gospel Meditations series of devotionals.
  2. J. D. Crowley has lived in Asian cultures all his life. After 12 years of pastoring in Hawaii, he went to Cambodia in 1994 to do linguistic and mission work among the indigenous minorities there. He is the author of The Tampuan/Khmer/English Dictionary and Khmer commentaries on Matthew and Romans.
  3. David Hosaflook went to Albania in 1992 on a short-term mission trip. Almost two decades later, he’s still there, helping to evangelize people and plant churches in the wake of what was the most oppressive communist regime in eastern Europe. He loves Albanian history and will soon publish The Siege of Shkodra, a work on the Ottoman/Christian struggle in Albania.
  4. Tim Keesee is the director of Frontline Missions International, an organization committed to advancing the Gospel in the world’s difficult places by developing sustainable platforms for work and witness. He is the executive producer of the missions documentary series Dispatches from the Front. He has authored numerous books and articles on history, politics, and missions.
  5. Joe Tyrpak is the assistant pastor at Tri-County Bible Church. He is a gifted artist (responsible for this book’s design) and an insightful teacher. He has composed several metrical psalms and co-authored the Gospel Meditations series, all available from churchworksmedia.com.

An Excerpt

Here’s an excerpt from one of David Hosaflook’s meditations (day 31): [Read more…]

D. A. Carson’s Theological Method

This essay appears in the latest issue of SBET:

Andrew David Naselli. “D. A. Carson’s Theological Method.” Scottish Bulletin of Evangelical Theology 29 (2011): 245–74.

It revises a paper I submitted to Kevin Vanhoozer at TEDS in December 2006 for his PhD seminar “Advanced Theological Prolegomena.” I told some friends in the class at the time that I’d like to publish my essay in about five years, which would give me more time to better understand Don Carson’s theological method.

Here’s the outline:

1. Carson’s Background: Some Factors That Influence His Theological Method

1.1. Carson’s Family
1.2. Carson’s Education
1.3. Carson’s Professional Experience
1.4. Some Other Background Factors

2. Carson’s Corrigible Presuppositions

2.1. Carson’s Metaphysics: God
2.2. Carson’s Epistemology: Chastened Foundationalism [Read more…]