Equipping Counselors

Andy Naselli —  September 23, 2011 — Leave a comment

This book releases today:

Robert W. Kellemen. Equipping Counselors for Your Church: The 4E Ministry Training Strategy. Phillipsburg, NJ: Presbyterian & Reformed, 2011.

It’s endorsed by Paul Tripp, Elyse Fitzpatrick, Ed Welch, and several others.

Kellemen’s 4 E’s:

  1. Envisioning God’s Ministry
  2. Enlisting God’s Ministers for Ministry
  3. Equipping Godly Ministers for Ministry
  4. Empowering/Employing Godly Ministers for Ministry

More info (including a video and endorsements) here.

The Barber Who Wanted to Pray

Andy Naselli —  September 23, 2011 — 2 Comments

Our three-year-old daughter enjoyed this new book after it arrived in the mail yesterday:

R. C. Sproul. The Barber Who Wanted to Pray. Paintings by T. Lively Fluharty. Wheaton: Crossway, 2011. 33 pp.

It’s about Martin Luther teaching his barber, Master Peter, a simple way to pray.

You can read the whole book online here (“Preview the Book”).

Related: See Carl Trueman, “A Lesson from Peter the Barber,” Themelios 34 (2009): 3–5. Trueman’s article ends with this footnote (numbering added):

Martin Luther’s treatise on prayer can be found in the following works:

  1. Martin Luther, “To Peter Beskendorf,” in Luther: Letters of Spiritual Council (ed. and trans. Theodore G. Tappert; Philadelphia: Westminster, 1955), 124–30;
  2. idem, “A Simple Way to Pray,” in Luther’s Works (ed. Jaroslav Jan Pelikan, Hilton C. Oswald, and Helmut T. Lehmann; trans. Carl J. Schindler; Philadelphia: Fortress, 1968), 43:187–209;
  3. idem, “Luther the Confessional Theologian: A Practical Way to Pray (1535),” in Martin Luther’s Basic Theological Writings (ed. William R. Russell and Timothy F. Lull; 2nd ed.; Minneapolis: Fortress, 2005), 12–17.

Kevin Boling interviewed (MP3) me this afternoon re Four Views on the Spectrum of Evangelicalism on his “Knowing the Truth” radio program.

Related: Kevin interviewed (MP3) me a year ago re Keswick theology.

Bill Barrick on Noah’s Flood

Andy Naselli —  September 22, 2011 — 3 Comments

Here’s a free PDF of the following article (posted with the publisher’s permission):

William D. Barrick. “Noah’s Flood and Its Geological Implications.” Pages 251–81 in Coming to Grips with Genesis: Biblical Authority and the Age of the Earth. Edited by Terry Mortenson and Thane H. Ury. Green Forest, AR: Master, 2008.

A lot of this discussion is above my pay grade (esp. re geology), but it’s disappointing when non-young-earth-creationists marginalize exegesis like this.


1. The A Priori Status of the Biblical Record of the Flood

2. The Biblical Chronology of the Flood Narrative [Literary Issues] Continue Reading…

Conferences Debating Creation

Andy Naselli —  September 21, 2011 — 7 Comments

Two upcoming conferences debating creation:

1. Reading Genesis 1–2: An Evangelical Conversation (September 30–October 1, 2011, Chattanooga)

Speakers (moderated by Victor Hamilton) as listed here:

  1. John Walton: cosmic temple approach
  2. Tremper Longman: theistic evolution
  3. Dick Averbeck: literary/intertextual approach
  4. Jack Collins: analogical days approach
  5. Todd Beall: literal/recent creationist approach

2. Creation: Biblical Options; A Gracious Dialogue (October 28–29, 2011, Houston)


  1. Todd Beall
  2. Craig Blaising
  3. Ligon Duncan
  4. Walter Kaiser
  5. John Mark Reynolds
  6. Bruce Waltke
  7. John Walton


In July I went on an eight-day rafting trip through the Grand Canyon.

Here are some reflections, videos, and pictures.


  1. God’s power is immense. The sheer grandeur of the Grand Canyon is breathtaking.
  2. God’s creation is creative. He combines raging rapids with calm waters, towering rugged canyons with short sloping hills, hot desert landscape with refreshing waterfalls and greenery, painfully scorching heat with cool, crisp breezes. Continue Reading…

In my view young-earth creationism is exegetically superior and scientifically viable and coherent. It’s possible, however, to err by overemphasizing the issue in a way that demonizes old-earth proponents and lumps them together with theistic evolutionists. The relative importance of something is extraordinarily important, and understatement can be much more convincing than overstatement. Some well-intentioned people use inflammatory rhetoric that overstates the importance of holding to young-earth creationism, and it needlessly pushes people away from the position.

Contrast how Paul Nelson and John Mark Reynolds, who write the essay for young-earth creationism in Three Views on Creation and Evolution (ed. J. P. Moreland and John Mark Reynolds; Counterpoints; Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1999), conclude their rejoinder (pp. 100–102, emphasis in original):

It is obvious that a person who is generally committed to a traditional understanding of Christianity can be “old earth.” . . . Our disagreements on these points should not distract from the main topic. Philosophical naturalism is retarding science, philosophy, and theology. It seems to both of us that our reviewers agree in finding such a situation intolerable. To fail to unify with such people of goodwill in the assault on naturalism would not just be foolish; it would be intellectual treason. . . . Continue Reading…