Isn't it redundant and a waste of time to continue to read and write more theology books? Don't we already have enough that should last us for, say, the next 150 years? Didn't Calvin nail it with his Institutes? Come on, let's get on to something more worthwhile... And so the comments go. Perhaps you've heard them, too. Perhaps you've thought them. … Continue reading Why More Theology Books?
Last week I was asked to give the devotional in our Basics of Biblical Greek class at seminary. I chose the text from 1 Timothy 4:16 where Paul exhorts Timothy, "Pay close attention to yourself and to your teaching; persevere in these things, for as you do this you will ensure salvation both for yourself … Continue reading Study Devotionally
In the introduction to Marriage to a Difficult Man, John Piper writes, Edwards made it plain in his preaching and in his living that he believed great thoughts about God without great love towards people are sure evidences of hypocrisy and the pathway to hell. For Edwards there was no separating high views of God … Continue reading Studying Scripture and Theology for the Right Reasons
It is often humbling to learn, by experience, that John 15:5 applies to everything in life. When Jesus said that apart from Him I can do nothing, He really did mean nothing, as I have learned--sometimes painfully--throughout the years. In my case, reading was one area that I didn't think immediately appeared to require dependence upon the … Continue reading Reading and Prayer
Recently, I have been reflecting on reading. This would only make sense since I am reading regularly. It is something I enjoy, plus my job requires that I read, and read a lot. As I consider the discipline and/or hobby of reading, I often find myself thinking of ways I can read better, learn more, … Continue reading Some Thoughts on Reading