Tuesday, February 18, 2020
Last year saw the canonisation of Greta Thunberg. Her formal elevation to sainthood came as no surprise. She had already achieved an untouchable status. Her utterances such as: ‘I want you to panic, I want you to feel the fear I feel every day’ (Jan. 2019, World Economic Forum) and ‘We are in the beginning of a mass extinction, and all you can talk about is money and fairy tales of eternal economic growth. How dare you’ (Sept. 2019, UN General Assembly) have been received with hushed awe (though I confess their vacuity makes me think that the wag who said Greta learned all her climate science from the Ice Age films might be correct).
Tuesday, January 28, 2020
Monday, January 20, 2020
R.A. Webb's, The Doctrine of Adoption, is a rare gem to be found in the house of many mansions within the Kingdom of God. This thin, nondescript volume deals compactly and definitively with a doctrine that is too often neglected or only been given a passing reference to in the running centuries of church historical thought. Webb rectifies this theological lapse with uncanny precision and stylistic rhetoric that is both simultaneously simple and elegant .
The main issue that Webb exegetes is our standing before God the Father before and after regeneration in believers through the atoning sacrifice of Christ on the cross. Are we now sons who cry, "Abba, Father?" or are we also bondservants who have been set free from the bondage of sin and slavery which we are all born into because of Adam and Eve's disobedience? Or are we both? And, if so, what determines and delineates each in the eyes of God as revealed in Scripture?
Saturday, January 4, 2020
Sunday, December 1, 2019
Imagine taking a journey through ancient biblical history in almost three dimensional virtual reality--a full immersion experience with all the nuances, textual references and detailed commentaries that you could hope to find in a book anywhere. T.D. Alexander's , From Paradise to the Promised Land: An Introduction to the Pentateuch, offers such an opportunity if you bypass Part 1 of the book, "Pentateuchal Criticism", which wastes space trying to justify the now almost totally debunked Documentary Hypothesis which dominated scriptural scholarly thinking between the latter part of the 19th century and early part of the 20th.
Needless apologetics aside, this book guides the reader from Genesis through Deuteronomy in a taxonomical format that encompasses nearly all aspects of revelatory purpose--historically, doctrinally and practically. Part 2, "The Main Themes of the Pentateuch", is where this work earns its merit and each chapter in this section is brilliantly divided into headings that even the most orthodox of Puritan scribes and theologians would be proud of. And after all is said and done whether Mr. Alexander would admit to it or not, his reverence and exegesis of this section of the Old Testament is orthodox to its core.
Wednesday, November 27, 2019
"Nowadays, some will maintain, in the name of Humanism, that the 'Puritan' sexual morality of the Bible is inimical to the attainment of true human maturity, and that a little more license makes for richer living. Of this ideology we would only say that the proper name for it is not Humanism, but Brutism. Sexual laxity does not make you more of a man, but less so; it brutalizes you and tears your soul into pieces. The same is true wherever any of God's commandments are disregarded. We are only living truly human lives just so far as we are laboring to keep God's commandments; no further"--J.I. Packer from Knowing God
Friday, November 15, 2019
|Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones|