March 6, 2015

Over at Jesus Creed, David George Moore wonders about the boundaries of The Gospel Coalition. Moore is particularly concerned about why Tim Keller gets a pass (as opposed to Marc Driscoll): I find it perplexing why John Piper has no regrets for Mark Driscoll being invited to speak for the ministry of Desiring God. To Piper’s credit, he wishes he had been a better friend to Driscoll. I continue to have questions about how the Driscoll implosion was handled by… Read more

February 25, 2015

Tim Challies writes positively about David Platt’s new book, Counter Culture: [Platt] begins with the gospel. He believes that the gospel is meant to compel the Christian to take action, saying “the gospel is the lifeblood of Christianity, and it provides the foundation for countering culture. For when we truly believe the gospel, we begin to realize that the gospel not only compels Christians to confront social issues in the culture around us. The gospel actually creates confrontation with the… Read more

February 23, 2015

What’s up with the Old Testament? I’m still not up to the point in my year long encounter with the Bible, but Sunday school yesterday took me to a section of the Pentateuch that had my wife and me scratching our heads: While the people of Israel were in the wilderness, they found a man gathering sticks on the Sabbath day. And those who found him gathering sticks brought him to Moses and Aaron and to all the congregation. They… Read more

February 18, 2015

Why is it that evangelicals will claim Coptic Christians as martyrs for “the faith” when those same Protestants wouldn’t recognize “the faith” as including Coptic Christianity? Bill Smith explains the question: The Coptic Christians are not Orthodox, Roman Catholic, or Protestant. They are Nicene, but not Chalcedonian, Christians. The BBC describes Coptic Christology: The Coptic belief which defined the church at an early stage is called monophytism (technically it would be better called miaphytism, but most documents use the former… Read more

February 16, 2015

Father Dwight Longenecker takes a shot at Protestant conceptions of Scripture with his ten points on the inadequacies of sola scriptura. This is a standard critique among Protestant converts to Roman Catholicism (go here for an example — this is only PART EIGHT!!!. Here’s one sample from Longenecker’s list: 8. If the only source for teaching and moral instruction comes from the Bible how are we supposed to answer the questions that arise about things that were never heard of… Read more

February 13, 2015

I haven’t reached Exodus yet, but Greg Thornbury has alerted me and other read-the-Bible-through-in-a-year readers that Moses and the exodus are important. In fact, without an actual historical figure such as Moses and real historical event such as the exodus narrative, the integrity of the New Testament is up for grabs: . . . if the scholars are right that is: “No Jews in Egypt means no Exodus. No Exodus means the foundation of Judaism is a myth. And for… Read more

February 11, 2015

This read-the-Bible-in-a-year resolution is a challenge (even though the daily portions — about three-and-a-half pages — are smaller than I had imagined). So in an effort to catch up and get on track I am tempted to skim. Of course, most Bible readers skim the genealogies, the long sections of law, and the prophetic passages that oscillate between post-millennial optimism and pre-millennial despair. But what about skimming the familiar parts? Most Bible believers who have been in the church for… Read more

February 5, 2015

Tim Challies thinks the Bible reading plan I am on falls into the familiarity (instead of intimacy) model: I love to grow in Bible familiarity. I appreciate the McCheyne approach of reading the Old Testament once per year and the New Testament and Psalms twice (Or even the Dr. Horner plan of ten chapters per day). This is drinking from the firehose of Scripture, and it is a beautiful thing. There are few better ways to understand the overarching story… Read more

February 3, 2015

The NFL brings out the worst of American Christians. Read more

February 2, 2015

During the court proceedings (Abington v. Schempp) in which the U.S. Supreme Court finally ruled that prayer and Bible reading in public schools were unconstitutional, Dr. Solomon Grayzel gave expert testimony about the effects readings from the New Testament on Jewish students. According to the opinion delivered by Justice Tom C. Clark, Dr. Grayzel explained that “material from the New Testament could be explained to Jewish children in such a way as to do no harm,” but that without explanation,… Read more

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