- Michael Patton reflects on “closet doctrines” – those doctrines we believe but prefer not to admit to non-Christians.
Closet doctrines are those doctrines that we might believe, but we hide, especially to those for whom Christian truth is a novelty. In short, they are those beliefs that we are somewhat embarrassed by.
- Kevin DeYoung comments on the importance of the affections in Piper, Edwards and the Reformers.
the experiential nature of faith, the spiritual mark of delight in God, and the expectation of pervasive joy are not the inventions of John Piper. Nor are they owing only to the influence of Edwards and the Great Awakening. They go back to the Reformers themselves.
- Tyler Kenney expresses concern about how evangelicals read the OT.
What am I getting at? I am concerned that evangelicals, by and large, approach the OT with an unbiblical dependency on the NT. Since the NT is newer revelation and offers a more developed view of God’s redeeming purposes, it becomes the key by which we “unlock” the meaning of what has come before it. There is no overt discrimination against the OT, just a lack of deep engagement with it as meaningful, relevant revelation in its own right.
- Joel Watts links to an article by Mirsolav Volf on whether monotheism engenders violence.
- There are some good book reviews out today. Larry Hurtado reviews James McGrath’s The Only True God: Early Christian Monotheism in its Jewish Context; Diglot reviews Walter Brueggemann’s An Unsettling God – The Heart of the Hebrew Bible; and Jason Goroncy reviews David Gibson’s Reading the Decree: Exegesis, Election, and Christology in Calvin and Barth.
- And, here’s an interesting list of 10 movies stuck in development hell. Hollywood definitely needs to get some of these taken care of. I don’t care if they ever make a movie about Halo, but Ender’s Game would be fabulous and The Sandman is long overdue.
- There’s been a lot of talk lately about the need to create a national digital library, enabling free and easy access to a wealth of digital material.
- Along the same lines, Tim Bulkeley argues against traditional academic publishing and for a free and open exchange of ideas online. HT
- HuffPo has an interesting article on the quiet faith of Stephen Colbert.
- Nick Norelli points out a new blog offering book review in biblical and early Christian studies.
- Roger Olson explains that he’s only opposed to a certain kind of Calvinism.
- Justin Taylor continues to post excerpts from Tom Schreiner’s forthcoming book, this time with a section on the question “Is perfect obedience to the Law mandatory for salvation?“
- If you want to improve as a reader of fiction, you need to know what questions to ask. So,here’s a list of 20 questions to ask of a novel. HT
- And, apparently a morning donut can improve memory and concentration.
I have finally decided that it’s time to start working my way through David Kelsey’s Eccentric Existence: A Theological Anthropology (WJK, 2009). I’ve decided to call this Kelsey’s longum opus. With two volumes and 1,694 pages, I should be finished reading it by 2015. He even takes after Barth and includes quite a few “small print” excurses.
I will post some thoughts on the book as I work my way throw, mostly as a point of accountability to make sure that I persevere. Feel free to make fun of me if I let quite a bit of time lapse between posts.