2008-07-21 The Brief

History and Culture

Pulpit Magazine has a fantastic review of Stephen J. Nichols new book, Jesus, Made in America: A Cultural History from the Puritans to the Passion of the Christ.

Missiology

Ed Stetzer has posted a presentation that he did several weeks ago at Every Nation ministries entitled Movemental Christianity Presentation.

Eric Bryant has posted an outline of a recent teleseminar entitled “Catalyzing Community;” for those of you interested in listening the audio is below.

Both of the above posts are great examples of similar missional paradigms and I would love to hear your thoughts on them.

Seminary

Earlier this year I came across an article written by John M. Frame in 1972 and later published in 1978.  The article, “Proposal For A New Seminary” is extremely intriguing, especially coming from an individual such as Dr. Frame.  What makes it more interesting are the postscripts from Dr. Frame as he reflects upon his own writing.

Theology

John Piper has received much attention lately on the theme of baptism and has now posted the second installment of a three part series on church membership and baptism.  This week’s sermon “What Is Baptism, and How Important Is It?” is particularly insightful on several counts.  I am waiting to hear the final sermon in this series and then will likely devote a post to reflecting on it.

2008-06-13 The Brief

. . . . I said no more posts on politics and here I am in the same week doing another post on politics.  Honestly, I have written so much on this lately because I feel that the church has lost her mission (II Corinthians 10:3-5).  Below are two series of posts one by John MacArthur, at Pulpit Magazine, and the other by Phil Johnson, at Pyromaniacs.  I am posting these not to correct the churches understanding of politics, although I think these posts will serve well to do that, but to call the church to repent of her folly and reclaim her mission.

John MacArthur

Phil Johnson

2008-05-30 The Brief

Blogroll

Eric Bryant did an interesting post a while back entitled Why Homophobia is So Gay.  I think he offers some good insight into how we should handle what I expect to be an inevitable norm, not just in America but globally as well.  As for me I think we need to start thinking beyond constitutional amendments if we hope to engage this and a host of other issues that are on the horizon.  I have not listened to the sermons that his post links to, although if I ever have the time, which I doubt, I will listen to them and post my thoughts here.

Derek Brown has done a fantastic post detailing How to Waste Your Theological Education this is a must read for all who are currently attending or plan to attend seminary.

Ed Stetzer (also here) discusses technology in the church and has some good insights as well as some great questions for discussion in his recent post Technolochurch.

 

Israel

First Things has an interesting and incredibly lengthy article entitled Zionism for Christians.

Just for Fun

Condoleezza Rice joins the Kiss Army.

Simply Amazing

2008-04-20 The Brief

Together for the Gospel

The conference T4Gwas amazing and I hope to have some of my reflections on each session up within the next week.  For those of you who enjoy live blogging, sorry I type too slowly for that.  In the mean time Sovereign Grace Ministries has been kind enough to post the MP3s online for free download so please take the time to listen to each of the conference sessions below.

·         01 Ligon Duncan – Sound Doctrine – Essential to Faithful Pastoral Ministry

·         02 Thabiti Anyabwile – Bearing the Image: Identity, the Work of Christ, and the Church

·         03 John MacArthur – The Sinner Neither Able Nor Willing: The Doctrine of Absolute Inability

·         04 Mark Dever – Improving the Gospel: Exercises in Unbiblical Theology

·         05 R. C. Sproul – The Curse Motif of the Atonement

·         06 Albert Mohler – Why Do They Hate It So? The Doctrine of Substitution

·         07 John Piper – How the Supremacy of Christ Creates Radical Christian Sacrifice

·         08 C. J. Mahaney – Sustaining a Pastor’s Soul

Science

The University of Cambridge has just published the complete works of Charles Darwin online.  These works were previously available only to a select few have been published for the world to see.  This is the largest collection of its kind and contains everything from his original sketch of evolution to personal letters and photographs.

Theology

Pastor Joe Thorn, of Redeemer Fellowship, has created a phenomenal paradigm for his church entitled The Table, The Pulpit and The Square.  You can read his description and view the paradigm in his post The Full Paradigm.  I have e-mailed him and the other documents mentioned in The Table, The Pulpit and The Square will be posted online soon, so keep looking for them on his blog and I will provide links to them here.

2008-04-08 The Brief

Theology

Biblical Studies:  This fantastic contains numerous journal articles as well as other resources dealing with OT and NT introduction, maps, commentaries, and Biblical Theology.

Theological Studies:  Yes, this website looks similar to the one listed above and is operated by the same individuals.  Only here you will find loads of books and journal articles addressing numerous aspects of theology.  Both of these websites have been a tremendous resource as I write papers and do research for school.

The Cup and the Glory:  The Official The Cup and the Glory website is up and running.  The book, by the same name, was by far the best book I read this past year (please read 2007 A Year in Books for more information) and I am pleased to see the website up and running.  The website is still under development and more information will be added later but I would recommend that you check it out and stay up to date on Dr. Greg Harris’s future publications in this series.

Want to Build a Megachurch?  In the following posts Justin Tapp, both a follower of Christ and an economist, examines church finances as well as some of the “supernatural” causes behind the success of some megachurches.  So far there are four posts in the series with more to come in the future so keep checking his blog for updates.

·         Churches and Finance, Part 1: The Illusion of Blessing?

·         Churches and Finance, Part 2: Should Churches be in Debt?

·         Churches and Finance, Part 3: Where Are Megachurches?

·         Churches and Finance, Part 4: How to Start a Megachurch

Bizarre News

The Polygamy Sect in Texas: I am sure most of you have heard of this by now my question is why do you think individuals are drawn into such sects?