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In Praise of Private Writing
One of the most fascinating portions of Jonathan Edwards's collected works is a 350 page section entitled "Miscellaneous Observations" and "Notes on the Bible." This section comprises a large collection of Edwards's personal notes on various subjects including philosophical, theological, and biblical musings. The depth and breadth of these writings are remarkable. But what is most intriguing to me is … Continue reading In Praise of Private Writing
Before You Can Say, 'I Disagree,' You Must Be Able To Say, 'I Understand'
I am currently reading New Testament Exegesis by Gordan Fee for my Greek Exegesis class. As I was perusing the section about the use of commentaries and secondary resources, I found a paragraph that was extremely helpful to me; not only in writing exegetical papers, but for writing in general and for verbal communication as … Continue reading Before You Can Say, 'I Disagree,' You Must Be Able To Say, 'I Understand'
Think Better: Go on a Run
Donald Whitney, in his book, Simplify Your Spiritual Life, reminds us to "Remember the Physicality of Spirituality." He writes, Our bodies are not merely disposable containers for our eternal souls. God could have made us to be disembodied souls, living forever in a condition like the souls in Heaven live while waiting for resurrected bodies...But … Continue reading Think Better: Go on a Run