JOHN PIPER FRIDAY – Ethnic Diversity and Affirmative Action for Pastoral Appointments

UPDATEMuch of the discussion on this issue is now occurring over at blogs belonging to Thabiti Anyabwile and Justin Taylor - Why not pop over and join in? John Piper is never one to shy away from controversy or difficult subjects. This week has been no different. He has sent out an e-mail entitled How and Why Bethlehem Pursues Ethnic Diversity that is also published on his website—the main point of which is that he is looking specifically for non-white people who could be appointed to the p … [Read more...]

INTERVIEW – Wayne Grudem, Part Two – Systematic Theology and Controversy

This interview is being serialized over several days. So far I have published part one. Today we continue with a discussion about the role of a theologian, his book Systematic Theology, and begin to move on to his most recent book. Towards the end of today's portion of the interview, Grudem introduces us to his charge that feminism inevitably leads to liberalism. The interview is summarized in my post Dr Wayne Grudem Interview - Highlights and Reflections. Adrian Perhaps I should let my … [Read more...]

AUDIO – The Attributes of God: What is God Like?

At Jubilee we have been doing a series of talks this autumn, each one lasting about an hour, during which we attempt to instruct the hearer to a greater extent than is possible in our Sunday morning sermons. One of the ones I did - which was on the subject of "What is God Like?" - has just been made available online at the Jubilee Audio Sermons site. You can visit there to download the sermon or listen to it here:These talks have been inspired by the following verse:“Do your best to p … [Read more...]

Tichonius the Donatist – Seven Rules of Biblical Interpretation – Quoted by Augustine, Calvin, and Bede

Tichonius the Donatist set seven rules to help in interpreting figurative language in the Bible. These can be found beginning in chapter 30 of book 3 of Augustine's "Of Christian Doctrine." The rules are also quoted by Bede. I thought it might be interesting to quote them here. 1. ". . . concerning the Lord and His body, when there is a transition from the Head to the body, or from the body to the Head, and yet no recession from one and the same person . . . and yet, certainly, it must be … [Read more...]

PROVERBS – Thoughts and a Sermon on Anger

Last Sunday I had the pleasure of listening to my favourite preacher preach on anger from the book of Proverbs. I would urge you to listen to it, but I thought I would share a few thoughts I had and quotes I found on anger.The first place I want to start is actually the American Psychology Association who asked, "Is It Good To Let it All Hang Out?" — this is in light of the old notion that it is important to "lance the boil" of anger and let it all out. You might be surprised to read what this s … [Read more...]

Joseph – God's Dreamer

Today I preached a message on Joseph for my UK church. The message is entitled "Joseph - God's Dreamer" and is available as an mp3 file for download. (To download this, simply right click on the mp3 link and save it to your computer. Or, why not subscribe to the podcast either by following the link or seaching inside the iTunes podcasts list for "Jubilee."It was the first sermon I have preached using only notes written in the margins of my new Bible. If you listen to the audio, you can judge … [Read more...]

Links for July 14, 2006

Legalism is More Deadly than Alcoholism - Piper FridayA provocative quote - check out the comments section!(tags: legalism)"It isn't that they are just so abounding in love that they won't fight. It is that they are bereft of love. For if they truly loved their fellow humans, they'd be unable to rest easy as men and women are sold the poison of a false, damning 'gospel.'Dan Phillips, in writing about "when an apostle 'gets hot,' says this: "Count me in as heartily opposed to quarreling about … [Read more...]

Links for July 5, 2006

Answers to Common Questions About CreationFor one year, Mark Driscoll preached through the book of Genesis, verse-by-verse. It was, he says, one of the most rewarding studies he has ever done. In this section, he attempts to answer common questions about the doctrine of creation.(tags: driscoll genesis)"When I think that my sins alone required the death of God's Son to enable me to have a relationship with God, it produces the right responses of grief, wonder, amazement, conviction, humility, … [Read more...]

Piper Friday (Romans 8) God DID Punish Sin in Jesus

I seem to have stirred up a lot of interest with my post on God Killing Christ. I thought I'd ask John Piper to spring to my defence! This is very much how I see this verse, do you agree with what John Piper says in What the Law Could Not Do, God Did, Sending Christ?Romans 8:1-4Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. 2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death. 3 For what the Law could not do, weak as it … [Read more...]

Lloyd-Jones Monday – Is the Bible Authoritative?

Well, so far the Doctor is doing quite well in joining my challenge to blog through the Together for the Gospel Statement. Last week he explored the importance of doctrine itself. Today he addresses the same issues raised in the first article of the statement we are examining together, which addresses the authority of Scripture. He argues that in considering whether the Bible is authoritative, we must come to grips with some big questions. Lloyd-Jones puts it this way: Can we accept the Bible's … [Read more...]