Saturday, March 31, 2007

Are atheist books "content-oriented" while Christian books "driven by personalities?"

Friendly Atheist compares some of the current best-selling Christian books with some of the current best-selling atheist books and notices a difference. The Christian books have a smiling picture of the author (with their hand folded) but the cover of the atheist books contain just words, no imagery. This leads him to conclude the following:

Why are the covers of atheist books so different from the Christian counterparts?

One explanation might be that the Christian books are driven by personalities. The authors/pastors themselves are the selling points of their books, moreso than their content which is essentially interchangeable.

Atheist books, on the other hand, are less personality-driven and more content-oriented. Because of that, we seem to focus the covers more on the words and less on the imagery.
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I would agree that some of the Christian market is personality-driven but that percentage is small when you compare it to the larger market. And when you do, you find the following bestsellers (from Amazon):






None have a picture of the author on the cover, smiling or otherwise. Yes, they do use imagery but you would have to agree that each is selling more on content than image.

But that's not even the extent of the market, lets take a look at some of the bestsellers throughout church history:





I'm just skimming the surface here. And I haven't even included the best-selling book of all time:


I don't think you can get plainer than that! (What? No smiling Jesus?)

Maybe we use imagery in our books because we understand that we don't have to disconnect the visual from the intellectual, that the visual can convey something to the reader that author would like to invoke. I contend that the atheist authors are conveying what we would have if we accepted their message: life in a sterile, colorless world. Bound by nature and never to transcend into the supernatural.

Why no smiling atheists on the cover of books? I would think that it would be hard to smile when you say, "This is all there is. You live, you die, you don't get anything else." Nilism doesn't tend to make people very chipper. (Though Friendly Atheist looks pretty chipper). See how disconcerting it would be to put a smiling atheist on the cover of a book entitled "God is Dead And How to Keep Him That Way."

We smile because we have good news, "This isn't it! The madness, despair, injustice of this life is not the extent of our existence. There will be a time when our tears will be dried and justice will prevail. When we will live in peace and joy." That tends to make people happy.

Thursday, March 29, 2007

Pretty Easy Bible Quiz

The author of the quiz says that it's hard but if you have read your Bible, you should be able to answer all the questions, though she does try to trip you up with some sneaky answers. Let me know how you did.

You scored 100% on the SWORD DRILL!!! Bible Quiz!

OK, you must be a pastor's kid. Or Philip Yancey.

Seriously, that is an impressive score. Good job. Too bad salvation comes through faith, not works. BURN. (Let's hope not literally, though.)

SWORD DRILL!!! Bible Quiz
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Tuesday, March 27, 2007

WTS Bookstore and Good News for me!!

I was working very hard to finish reading New Testament History by F. F. Bruce, so that I could write a digest by Friday. I asked my professor what time he wanted it by on Friday (I could tell that I would be hitting the latest possible deadline at the rate I was going) but he surprised me and said that the time was flexible. I joked and asked "By midnight?" and he said that he might not even pick them up on Friday! So I asked, "Could we turn them in after the Easter break?" and he agreed! Woo hoo! How cool is that? Now I have a little breathing room. Enough that I could take a moment and post something to my blog.

BTW, you have got to read Bruce's book it is a quick and enjoyable read. You learn a lot about the early church and it has some interesting background information. It's only $12 at the Westminster Bookstore.

I'll be plugging the bookstore every chance I get now because I get a kick back when you buy books from them using a link from my blogs (either this one or Reformed Chicks). So, please help a struggling seminarian out and buy your books using my links! I want to be able to afford this:



And this:


Money's tight now that we are investing $6,000 in Samantha mouth (braces), so I can't afford to buy books right now. And the Goldsworthy looks really interesting and I want to use the Genesis commentary for a study I hope to be doing next year. The commentary is a Jewish commentary and it is really good and has the Hebrew and English translation side by side with commentary on the bottom. I used it last semester and found it very helpful.

Thursday, March 22, 2007

My Google Reader Widget

On the sidebar, under the verse of the day, I've installed a widget that will display the title of articles I found interesting but don't have the time or inclination to blog about. Some of them will be political and some Christian (I have a wide range of blogs in my reader). So, make sure when you stop in, that you check out what's over there.

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Have you seen this yet?

It's making the rounds on the Christian blogs:



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The Nativity Story on DVD

I noticed recently that they just released The Nativity Story on DVD. They hope to recoup their losses from the theatrical run:

After a disappointing theatrical run in December and early January, releases to DVD today—a tale of the birth of Jesus just weeks before Christians worldwide observe his death and resurrection at Easter.

"I think it's good timing," director Catherine Hardwicke told CT Movies. "And I'm excited that a lot of people are going to be seeing it for the first time. So many people have told me they missed it in the theater, and that they can't wait to see it."

The "can't wait to see it" part of that observation is good news for New Line Cinema, which spent about $65 million making and marketing the film, but only earning about $46 million ($38 million domestically) in its theatrical run. The studio will likely more than recoup its losses in DVD sales, especially as they plan to release a two-disc special edition just before Christmas.

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A January story in The Los Angeles Times explored possible reasons why the film didn't do very well. Laurie Foos, a student a Fuller Theological Seminary, told The Times she tried to see The Nativity Story on Christmas Day, but the local theater had already dropped it. Foos said she might have tried to see it sooner (it opened Dec. 1), but hadn't heard anything about the film in the Christian community: "I wish there had been more awareness," she said. "It was lacking that kind of 'Oh my gosh, you have to go see that movie' factor."
They weren't given enough time by the studio to promote the movie in the churches like they did for The Passion of the Christ.

If you haven't seen it yet, I recommend that you watch it. I took Sarah to see it when it came out and we loved it. It brings another dimension to the story, usually when the story of Jesus' birth is retold we don't focus on what life must have been like for the Jews under the oppression of Rome and an insane king, Herod. This movie helped us to see what life was like and why the people were so focused on a Messiah who would come to set his people from from the oppression of Rome.

The setting was realistic and the events pretty much kept to what you think would happen if a betrothed Jewish girl became pregnant. The movie doesn't down play the violent aspects of the time. Girls taken from their families to pay for the taxes, and Herod ordering baby boys to be slaughtered. It's not a romanticized picture but one that was realistic and made you feel like you were there.

Christianity Today has a very good review
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The film also makes some interesting allusions to people and events from the future ministry of Jesus. As Mary and Joseph make the arduous journey to Bethlehem for the census, they buy one of their meals from a Galilean fisherman—might his name be Jonah (father of Peter and Andrew) or Zebedee (father of James and John)?—and as they pass by the Temple in Jerusalem, Joseph expresses his disgust with the hucksters there, the same hucksters that Jesus will chase out one day. Even better, when Herod's troops attack the babies in Bethlehem, one soldier looks inside the cave where Jesus was born, and finds an empty manger—an image that brings to mind the empty clothes that Jesus' disciples will one day find in his tomb.
I think that it's a great movie to own, so that you can bring it out every year around Christmas and watch it along with "A Charlie Brown Christmas," "A Christmas Carol" and "It's a Wonderful Life."

Sunday, March 18, 2007

Carnival of the Blogging Chicks #33 Movie/TV Theme

The Carnival is up.

Saturday, March 17, 2007

Steve Harvey Introduces Jesus Christ

To see the love of God in this video made me cry! I loved the reaction of the crowd.


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Updated: I loved this so much, I thought I would share it with the Blogging Chicks.

A bit of a confession, even though I thought this theme (movie and TV) was a great idea at the time, I couldn't think of a thing that was interesting enough to blog about. I did think about writing of my love/hate relationship with TV but I just didn't have the energy. The gist of the post was that when I really love a show, it's canceled. This started with Lou Grant and it's been going on year after year. This year it's Veronica Mars and Studio 60 (I actually have a love/hate relationship with this show as well), they haven't been canceled yet, but I'm not holding out hope that they'll be back (here's the scoop on Veronica Mars -- be warned it is a spoiler site). I try to be more standoffish but I can't pull it off and I fall hard, only to be jilted once again.

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Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Thursday, March 15, 2007

Rodney Olsen Interview

He interviewed Michael Frost, author of Exiles: Living Missionally in a Post-Christian World. Check it out here.

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Good Response to the Pirate and a Prayer Request

This is a good response to the Pirate's comments:

My plan for the rest of the day is to find a member of the ordained class who will hopefully deign to accept my genuflection and interpret the ‘divine words’ to a someone such as me who (I get it now) was ‘laying’ around while they were in seminary somewhere. I’m so grateful to the clergy for being such shining solitary reflections of Jesus these past two millennia. After that I’m going to find a cult to join.
I guess that whole priesthood of the believer thing really means the priesthood of the ordained. When you think about it, there is something really medieval about his view.

Could you guys pray for me today? I have a midterm today and I'm not ready for it. I'm not sure how to study and the stuff that I need to study is complicated. Though, after the Pirate's comments I wonder, why bother? Maybe I should just bag the test, drop out of seminary and go back to cross stitching (which I had to give up when I entered seminary). My life would be a lot easier, I would even have time for bon bons and Oprah.

Now we have to check our commentaries...

To see if the author has been ordained. We will also have to check our theological books and Bible studies. According to Pirate at The Boar's Head Tavern:

A layman can offer his insights and reflections on his own life, but the task of teaching divine words with authority is simply not given to laymen. It’s one thing to relate your private opinions and experiences; it’s entirely another to presume to speak for God and to the Church, which is what goes on when you write a Bible commentary or program of church/ministry reform for publication and dissemination among Christians. And if you’re not intending to say anything but your own private opinion, you have no business speaking these things publicly. And no one can confer this office upon himself or simply assert that he has it because he is “gifted.” That’s not how ordination works.
Forget the fact that the author may have a doctorate in his field of expertise and that he spent years working and studying in his field, the pastor with a MDiv is eminently more qualified to write the commentaries and the theological treatises.

Only the pastor can teach? That would be a very busy pastor: Sunday school, ladies Bible study, Sunday morning adult Bible study, Wednesday night Bible study. One of my professors at seminary called this the "bus drive pastor." I would hate to be in a church like that because there would be no growth in the use of your gifts.

And speaking of seminary, why in the world did Westminster let me and the other women and the men who have no intention of being ordained, into the seminary? Our personal edification? From their mission statement:
Our specific mission is to support the church in its mandate to equip the saints for ministry. We pursue this mission in three ways. First, we seek to form men for ordained gospel ministry as pastors, teachers, evangelists, missionaries, and other tasks specified by the church. Second, we seek to train men and women to serve Christ in kingdom ministries other than those that require ordination. Third, we seek to serve as a center for Christian research and scholarship and to communicate the fruits of our labors to the church and the world.
What ministry would that be? The puppet ministry? The clown ministry?

BTW, I'm Presbyterian and understand the ministry of the word and sacrament and the fact that the teaching elder (the pastor) proclaims the word of God to His people each week. But I believe it would be unbiblical to say that there are no other teachers in the church.

If I listened to people like this and dropped out of seminary, stopped teaching the women at my church, deleted this blog and stuck to political blogging, do you think that would serve the kingdom better? In the real world I was encouraged by my pastor (not just one pastor but three) to enter seminary with the goal of eventually publishing Bible studies for women, who do you think I should listen to?

Monday, March 12, 2007

Herman Ridderbos dies at 98

I didn't know that he was still alive! It seemed appropriate that I would receive the news in Dr. Gaffin's class. He was a great proponent of Ridderbos' work and wrote about it extensively. You could tell that he was saddened by the loss and thankful to the Lord that He gave the church such a brilliant New Testament scholar and theologian. Ridderbos, along with Vos, furthered our understanding of Pauline theology and biblical theology. He was one of the leading lights in Pauline theology in the last century.

Ridderbos wrote Coming of the Kingdom which is an excellent book on the teaching of the kingdom in the Gospels. Christ's teaching was kingdom-centered and Ridderbos does an excellent job demonstrating that. It is a great analysis of the Gospels and I highly recommend it (it's a tough read).

And he wrote Paul: An Outline of His Theology which as you can tell from the title is about Pauline theology. I've only gotten through the introduction of this book (I keep losing it) but I have to read it this semester so I will be able to get past that point.

He's also wrote many commentaries and other books related to New Testament and canon issues.

What is amazing to me is that one who is so well known and who has made such a huge impact on the life of the church would not even rate a mention in some news source? I couldn't find anything. Only on blogs. And I even checked the news sites in the Netherlands but couldn't find anything.

The eminent Dutch New Testament scholar Herman Ridderbos passed away last Thursday at the age of 98.
His words and thoughts will bless more people in the coming years, than those whose death are plastered all over the newspapers, TV, magazines and the Internet.

Sunday, March 11, 2007

Digests from my classes at Westminster

John Murray: Regeneration
God's Foreknowledge
Perseverance
Prevenient Grace
Calvin on Common Grace
Christian Discipline
The Reformed View of Sanctification
Calvin's Catechism
Sanctification
John Murray: Effectual Calling
John Murray: The Free Offer of the Gospel
Calvin's Institutes 2.2.12-17
Common Grace (John Murray)
Order of Salvation (John Murray)

Carnival of the Blogging Chicks #31 Book Theme

The Carnival is up!

Saturday, March 10, 2007

Books of the Bible

This week the Blogging Chicks Carnival theme is books. I love books and was a ferocious reader before I got my laptop, now I struggle not to let it consume all my reading time. Blogging may have been a boon to my writing (notice I said, "may have been" :-) but it's been a bane to my reading. I don't read nearly as much as I should. Case in point, I should be reading for my Acts and Paul class because I have a midterm next week, yet here I am blogging instead!

I thought I would write about my favorite book of the Bible but it's really hard for me to pick just one. When I prepare to teach a book of the Bible, I fall in love with the book I'm teaching. Even though it might not have been a favorite before, it becomes one. I loved the book of Ecclesiastes after I taught it, it's so rich and has an incredible depth and speaks so forcefully about the human condition and man's need for fellowship with God. It speaks in a way that no other book of the Bible does. It's incredibly unique.

I decided to teach Revelation so that it would force me to face what it was really about. When I first became a Christian, I thought the focus of the book was on the Antichrist and what would happen in the end-times. But as I grew in my Christianity and started listening and reading other positions, I realized that the focus really was on Christ and his triumph over Satan and the kingdoms of this world. Christ's death on the cross and what that wrought is really the focus of the book. I learned to love Revelation because it was filled with the majesty of Christ and of the promises that are ours in Him. I loved the pictures at the end of the book of the new heaven and the new earth where righteousness will dwell:

Revelation 21:1 Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. 2 And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. 3 And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, "Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God. 4 He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning nor crying nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away." 5 And he who was seated on the throne said, "Behold, I am making all things new." Also he said, "Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true."

Revelation 22:1 Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, bright as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb 2 through the middle of the street of the city; also, on either side of the river, the tree of life with its twelve kinds of fruit, yielding its fruit each month. The leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. 3 No longer will there be anything accursed, but the throne of God and of the Lamb will be in it, and his servants will worship him.
And I love the way Revelation ties the end to the beginning and we see the promise of the Garden of Eden fulfilled.

I love the Christocentric nature of the Epistle to the Colossians. We learn so much about Christ in it:
Colossians 2:9 For in him the whole fullness of deity dwells bodily, 10 and you have been filled in him, who is the head of all rule and authority. 11 In him also you were circumcised with a circumcision made without hands, by putting off the body of the flesh, by the circumcision of Christ, 12 having been buried with him in baptism, in which you were also raised with him through faith in the powerful working of God, who raised him from the dead. 13 And you, who were dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made alive together with him, having forgiven us all our trespasses, 14 by canceling the record of debt that stood against us with its legal demands. This he set aside, nailing it to the cross. 15 He disarmed the rulers and authorities and put them to open shame, by triumphing over them in him.
And when I read that we are in the heavens with Christ it made me realize that my focus here in this world should be Christocentric, not bound by the things of this world but focused on where I'm seated in the heavens in Christ:
Colossians 3:1 If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. 2 Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. 3 For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. 4 When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.
The Gospel of John helps us to understand the connection between what was promised in the Old Testament and what was fulfilled in Christ. John wrote his Gospel so that the reader would understand that Jesus was the Christ:
John 20:31 but these are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.
He was the Messiah that was promised in the Old Testament and John proves that by the things that Jesus said and did.

But if I were really honest, I would admit that there's a special place in my heart for Romans. It's so rich and deep and filled with theology: the believer's union with Christ, the federal headship of Adam, God's care of His people, justification, sanctification, glorification, election, etc. God has revealed so much about Himself and His plan of redemption in this book and it helps us to understand things that would have been unclear without it. So, many questions are answered in it:

Why are there atheists? The answer is in chapter 1.
What is expected from a righteous God? The answer is in chapter 2.
How can a righteous God accept the unrighteous as His people? The answer is in chapter 3-4.
How did we get into the mess we're in and how do we get out of it? The answer is in chapter 5.
How is redemption applied and how do we live now that we are saved? The answer is in chapter 6.
If I'm saved, why do I struggle with sin? The answer (depending on your interpretation :-) is in chapter 7.
How do I really know that I'm saved and can I lose my salvation? The answer is in chapter 8.
What about the covenant with Israel? And why are some saved and others are not? The answer is in chapters 9-11.
What is required of the believer? The answer is in chapters 12-16.

This is, of course, not the extent of the questions that could be asked of Romans, these are just the obvious. With a book this rich, is it any wonder that it's probably my favorite book of the Bible?

Now, I want to know what's your favorite and why?

BTW, if you have a favorite post that you've read recently and want to share it with others or if you've written something that you like, go over to the brilliant Kevin Stilley's blog and link to it there.

Oh no he didn't!

John MacArthur decided to let lose on his brothers in Christ right there in front of them at a pastor's conference. Tim Challes blogged about it here.

Well we weren't expecting John MacArthur to begin the conference this way. He decided to forego his usual opening sermon and speak instead on a touchy topic. His lecture was titled (and I'm not sure how much this is tongue-in-cheek) "Why Every Self-Respecting Calvinist is a Pre-Millennialist." A couple of weeks ago, at the Resolved Conference, he mentioned this topic so it was interesting to hear him fill it out.
Obviously, this has set off quite a bit of controversy on the Internet. Jollyblogger has a bit of fun with it, so does this blog. This guy is a bit steamed and Pastor Shaun wondered why MacArthur would take this stand. And Kim Riddlebarger, Adrian Warnock and Michael Spencer all blog about it as well. I agree with Spencer:
-Macarthur may have orchestrated one of the great moments in the history of American dispenstionalism, and it will drive thousands away. As it should.
-The decision to make this the keynote of one of the largest reformed pastors conferences in the world says volumes about where the head and heart of Macarthur are at this point in his ministry. When I get up at a key moment in my ministry to tell you you aren’t legit unless you have my eschatology, something’s out of balance.
Even if he wanted to point out that it was inconsistent to be a Calvinist and an amillennialist, there are less rude and divisive ways to do it. I don't think that throwing unity under the bus for this issue is worth it.

I don't have time to defend Calvinism or the amillennialism position now because I should be studying for my midterm but needless to say there are many verses in the New Testament that speak about the fact that we are one with the Israel:
Ephesians 2:11 Therefore remember that at one time you Gentiles in the flesh, called "the uncircumcision" by what is called the circumcision, which is made in the flesh by hands- 12 remember that you were at that time separated from Christ, alienated from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world. 13 But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. 14 For he himself is our peace, who has made us both one and has broken down in his flesh the dividing wall of hostility 15 by abolishing the law of commandments and ordinances, that he might create in himself one new man in place of the two, so making peace, 16 and might reconcile us both to God in one body through the cross, thereby killing the hostility. 17 And he came and preached peace to you who were far off and peace to those who were near. 18 For through him we both have access in one Spirit to the Father. 19 So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, 20 built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone, 21 in whom the whole structure, being joined together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord. 22 In him you also are being built together into a dwelling place for God by the Spirit

Romans 11:13 Now I am speaking to you Gentiles. Inasmuch then as I am an apostle to the Gentiles, I magnify my ministry 14 in order somehow to make my fellow Jews jealous, and thus save some of them. 15 For if their rejection means the reconciliation of the world, what will their acceptance mean but life from the dead? 16 If the dough offered as firstfruits is holy, so is the whole lump, and if the root is holy, so are the branches. 17 But if some of the branches were broken off, and you, although a wild olive shoot, were grafted in among the others and now share in the nourishing root of the olive tree, 18 do not be arrogant toward the branches. If you are, remember it is not you who support the root, but the root that supports you. 19 Then you will say, "Branches were broken off so that I might be grafted in." 20 That is true. They were broken off because of their unbelief, but you stand fast through faith. So do not become proud, but stand in awe. 21 For if God did not spare the natural branches, neither will he spare you. 22 Note then the kindness and the severity of God: severity toward those who have fallen, but God's kindness to you, provided you continue in his kindness. Otherwise you too will be cut off. 23 And even they, if they do not continue in their unbelief, will be grafted in, for God has the power to graft them in again. 24 For if you were cut from what is by nature a wild olive tree, and grafted, contrary to nature, into a cultivated olive tree, how much more will these, the natural branches, be grafted back into their own olive tree.

Galatians 3:7 Know then that it is those of faith who are the sons of Abraham.

Galatians 3:25 But now that faith has come, we are no longer under a guardian, 26 for in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God, through faith. 27 For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. 28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. 29 And if you are Christ's, then you are Abraham's offspring, heirs according to promise.
I could say a lot more since the Bible is filled with references to the church and Israel but won't. Needless to say, amillennialists have a reason for why they aren't dispensationalists and dispensationalist might want to keep that in mind before saying that we aren't "self-repecting Calivinists."

His point that Calvinists who don't accept dispensationalism deny God's election of Israel is easily refuted, we don't deny that God elected Israel, we just believe that Jesus is Israel and all of the promises made to Abraham, find their fulfillment in Him. I can give you many passages to back this up but I will make do with only two:
Galatians 3:16 Now the promises were made to Abraham and to his offspring. It does not say, "And to offsprings," referring to many, but referring to one, "And to your offspring," who is Christ.

2 Corinthians 1:20 For all the promises of God find their Yes in him. That is why it is through him that we utter our Amen to God for his glory.
BTW, MacArthur lists his points here and this refutation pretty much covers it.

Update: I added one other point that I thought of after I turned my computer off so that I could prepare for my midterm :-) Go here for a very good response to whether Christ was an amillennialist.

Friday, March 09, 2007

Life on the sun?

Someone actually googled, "life on the sun" and come to my blog. I'm still trying to comprehend why anyone would think that there was life on the sun. It boggles the mind. Maybe they were looking for this.

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Wednesday, March 07, 2007

Do you love innovative designs?

I do! I love when an architect does something interesting and innovative. Check out this story and the photos. Stunning work. I especially love this one.

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John Piper on N. T. Wright and other stuff

Here is a link to a recording of John Piper and Bruce Ware debating the extent of the atonement and John Piper discussing church government, abortion, N. T Wright and other stuff with Mark Dever.

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Sunday, March 04, 2007

Carnival of the Blogging Chicks #31

The Carnival is up!

Friday, March 02, 2007

Shift Happens

When I saw this video, I felt overwhelmed by the numbers, they are staggering. We know that the Internet is this vast sea of information and sometimes you feel lost in it all. I think that's why Google is so important, it helps to cut through the trash to find the diamonds.




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Hugh Hewitt had David Allen White and John Mark Reynolds on his show debating whether all this information is a good or bad thing. Go listen to the debate or read the transcript. I could see both sides but ultimately I believe that the Internet offers more good than evil.

I know there is all this great information out there, yet I spend a lot of my time reading news stories, not the classics :-) But I know that I also have a great resource in the Internet because more and more people like my Hermeneutics professor, Dr. Vern Poythress, make their articles and books available on the Internet.

I think that the Internet has the potential to be a force for good. It is the great equalizer, we all have access to the same information. I also love being able to access information that I wouldn't be able to access without the Internet. Where else could I get free mp3 files of audio books? I downloaded Piligrim's Progress to listen in the car, where I spend most of my life :-) I could also listen to the Imitation of Christ if I wanted to.

My professor, Dr. Gaffin, suggested that we read one of his papers to understand the role of Holy Spirit in the Old Testament, I found it on the Internet, here.

I think that ultimately the Internet is value neutral and that we bring our own issues with us. If we lack disciple in the real world, we'll lack it here.

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