1. Andy Naselli, a friend from TEDS and PhD student in New Testament (and D. A. Carson’s research guy) blogs about the online history of Southern Seminary that I worked on a few years back. I’m linking to it here because Andy lays out the site’s content in a really helpful way. If you’ve never looked at the site, I encourage you to–a number of us worked hard on the site to make it excellent. The seminary archivist, Jason Fowler, a personal friend, did terrific work in pulling it together, writing some content, and finding great photos for the various content pages.
2. This is a great article on how children’s play has changed in the last few decades. The aforementioned Andy Naselli passed it on to me by email. Pretty depressing. I’m thankful that my parents strongly limited the amount of tv that my sister and I could watch. We were forced to use our imaginations, and we did. Some of my fondest memories from childhood are simple times in the backyard. How many kids–and Christian kids, shockingly–will never develop such memories?
3. Great Collin Hansen piece on the new book by New Testament scholars D. A. Carson and Greg Beale on the New Testament Use of the Old Testament. There is such confusion on this subject. I attempt on my own little corner to push for healthy, full-canon biblical exegesis, but I am just a little fish–a minnow, perhaps. It’s great to see a couple of sharks publish some meaty stuff on this important topic. Collin is also a TEDS student and is one of the best young writers around–make sure to get his new book when it comes out.
4. Future historian of eminence Matthew Hall blogs thoughtfully as ever about new studies in Mormonism. I’ll have to think more about this before I comment, but it is interesting to observe the mainstreaming of Mormonism.
5. Al Mohler on a recent report of America’s most sinful cities. His comments: “In reality, the whole world is a Genesis 3 world — a fallen world inhabited by sinners. Sin is a universal problem and every single human being is a sinner. Put sinful humanity in close quarters, and sin inevitably multiplies.” So true. It’s fun to think about the morality of towns versus cities. Maybe a post for another day.
6. If you want to be edified and lifted up, you need to get this cd and listen to the song “Oh Lord Your Love.” It is stirring and inspiring, and it never fails to direct my thoughts to the hope and joy that I have in Jesus Christ because of His death and resurrection on behalf of his church. Great work by Caedmon’s Call.
Have a great weekend, all.