December 18, 2018

This last week I received a new book from IVP Academic: Understanding Scientific Theories of Origins. This book is the joint effort of five Wheaton professors and grew out of a course they’ve been team teaching for two decades or so (along with a handful of other colleagues). Their collected expertise ranges from Physics to Old Testament. Robert Bishop is professor of physics and philosophy, Larry Funck is a chemist (now retired), Raymond Lewis is a biologist, Stephen Moshier a… Read more

December 18, 2018

We turn in our reading of the patristics to Ignatius, who evidently wrote these letters on his march to Rome to be martyred — sometime during Trajan’s reign. We don’t know much about Ignatius until these letters and in the middle of his trip — somewhere around Philippi — the story of his life is lost. The tradition is that he died in Rome. In our series on the patristic writings, we use the text Michael Holmes, The Apostolic Fathers…. Read more

December 17, 2018

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December 17, 2018

A big theme in Proverbs is the fool, so Glenn Pemberton, in his excellent new book, A Life That Is Good, has a chapter called “How to be a Fool.” What does he say? This is one of the best studies of the fool I’ve ever seen, so please give this post a good read and get the book — it is packed with wisdom. First, what does “fool” mean to us today? Our typical image of a fool is that… Read more

December 17, 2018

By Northern Seminary student and pastor Jeremy Berg I was sitting across the table of a dear friend grieving the sudden and unexpected loss of her dad just before Christmas. She had to watch as the disease just slowly overtook his life and his entire body. As Bing Crosby sang above us and happy shoppers strolled by outside the restaurant, we were sharing a cold cup of suffering and wondering: What hope does Christmas offer the person with an empty… Read more

December 16, 2018

Today we relight the first two candles of the Advent wreath. The candle of HOPE and the candle of PEACE. Now we light the third candle of Advent. This is the candle of JOY. As the coming of Jesus, our Savior, draws nearer, our joy builds with our anticipation of his birth. From the Book of Isaiah we read the words of our Lord: “But be glad and rejoice forever in what I am creating; for I am about to… Read more

December 16, 2018

Stir up your power, O Lord, and with great might come among us; and, because we are sorely hindered by our sins, let your bountiful grace and mercy speedily help and deliver us; through Jesus Christ our Lord, to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit, be honor and glory, now and for ever. Amen. Read more

December 15, 2018

Mark Meynell is director for Langham Preaching (part of the Langham Partnership). He is the author of various books, including A Wilderness of Mirrors. A Jesus Creed interview with Mark on that book can be found here: The following interview revolves around Mark’s latest book, When Darkness Seems My Closest Friend. David George Moore conducted the interview. Some of Dave’s teaching videos and interviews can be found at www.mooreengaging.com Moore: This was a risky book to write, especially because you… Read more

December 15, 2018

We enter this weekend into the 3d Sunday of Advent. Good for John Dickson: Well-known Australian writer, speaker, minister and apologist John Dickson has announced his decision to step down from local church ministry to focus more fully on reaching the “doubting public outside the church”. Dickson has been in part-time church ministry for two decades, and Senior Minister of St Andrew’s Anglican Church in Roseville for the past nine years. He will retire from this position at the end… Read more

December 14, 2018

By Mike Glenn Every Christmas we face the same problem. What do we do with Joseph? How do we handle that moment of theological anxiety that strikes us when we are placing Joseph in our nativity scenes? Everyone knows the drill. We unwrap the stable and place it in the center of the table. We unwrap the manger and place it in the center of the stable. We unwrap Baby Jesus, arms extended in blessing (whoever saw a baby sleep… Read more

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