Greg Beale has taught me a great deal about Biblical Theology. His recent book A New Testament Biblical Theology is a book every teacher of Scripture should read. Mark Dever recently interviewed Beale for the 9Marks Leadership Interview. Here’s the description:Â â€œGreg Beale gives a crash course on the discipline of biblical theology, assesses recent works on it, and explains what heâ€™s written and why.â€ Listen to it here.
Christianity Today reported this week that Arthur Holmes, longtime professor of philosophy at Wheaton College, died on October 8, 2011. Holmes is well known among Christian schools for his book The Idea of a Christian College, and he was influential in the quest for integration in education as he argued that â€œall truth is Godâ€™s truth.â€ David Osielski has a post reflecting on Holmes and his influence at Wheaton’s blog ReCollections.
The new Google Buzz has created some problems for me in my inbox and Google Reader. I noticed that the problem is enough for Alan Jacobs to leave Google altogether. He writes:
My response: after five years and 25,000 email messages, I have abandoned Gmail and Google Calendar. I have deleted all my Google Reader subscriptions, and deleted all my contacts. My principle is a simple one: Google will not determine and range and nature of my social connections, I will.
USA Today posted an interview with Mark Driscoll after he returned from a trip to Haiti with James MacDonald. Driscoll described a situation he and MacDonald witnessed:
We were downtown loading up our film crew. There were no police, no medics, to be seen by a huge park with hundreds of people camping out with no where else to go. There was a little cart with a red umbrella and a man selling cell phones and cigarettes — and a few young girls.
“You want to buy loving?” the guy asked me. I said, “What in the world are you talking about?”
But there was another guy there, who claimed to be a translator for a relief agency, who was negotiating a price for a girl. I asked him what he was trying to do. He said, “Oh, she’s a friend of mine. We’re just trying to connect.”
That’s ridiculous. A young girl. A man 20 or 30 years older. I told him this was unacceptable. MacDonald confronted him, too. But there were no police and you could argue all you wanted but the girl took his money and they walked away.”
You can read the whole interview here. There are terrible stories coming out of Haiti about slave trade and teenage prostitution. Pray for Haiti and support organizations that are trying to stop these developments. Driscoll and MacDonald started Churches Helping Churches to help with relief efforts.
Although there is a lot of similarity between the two lists, it is interesting to see how the Christian editors from World provide a slightly different perspective on the significant events. For example, take the top story. The AP lists the economy, whereas World lists the Inauguration of Obama. World also lists the creation of the Anglican Church of North America and abortion as top news stories, and the AP wouldn’t list those.
First Things has a new blog called the Evangel. Itâ€™s a group blog and several current bloggers are part of the discussion. Joe Carter started the opening discussion by defining an evangelical and asking, â€œHow would the bloggers here at Evangel define the term? What is is that we all have in common that allows us to share the label?â€ I’ll be participating in the discussion, and my opening contribution is here.
Logos Bible Software just launched a new website called ref.ly (think bit.ly). It allows you to share Bible verses as links via Twitter and other places where you have a limited number of characters and want to keep the URL as short as possible.
We are reading through the Heidelberg Catechism on Sunday Evening during our worship service, so I have been looking for various resources online. In the process, I came across this website: Heidelberg Catechism Project. It has some good material on it.
Today is the 25th anniversary of Francis Schaeffer’s death, and Lane Dennis, President and Publisher at Crossway, explains how Schaeffer’s sermon “The Lord’s Work in the Lord’s Way” had an important effect on the vision of Crossway. You can read Lane’s explanation here, and Crossway posted Schaeffer’s sermon online for your benefit.
Almighty God, which through thy only begotten son Jesus Christ has overcome death, and opened unto us the gate of everlasting life; we humbly beseech thee, that, as by thy special grace, preventing us, thou dost put in our minds good desires, so by thy continual help we may bring the same to good effect; through Jesus Christ our Lord who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Ghost, now and forever. Amen.
â€œLong story short: we donâ€™t get to make our lives up. We get to receive our lives as gifts. The story that says we should have no story except the story we chose â€¦ is a lie. To be human is to learn that we donâ€™t get to make up our lives because weâ€™re creaturesâ€¦. Christian discipleship is about learning to receive our lives as gifts without regretâ€ (p. 93).