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Apologetics: Israel Mocking the Nations – This sermon by Dick Lucas has an interesting take on the idea that all religions are equal. According to the prophets of old, they’re actually mockable. A good example of addressing non-Christians while staying faithful to the text. Dick Lucas is the man.
Preaching: From my journal: The problem with the “one point” preaching method is that this forces you to choose one perspective on a text. From one vantage point, David and Goliath is about God’s faithfulness to Israel. So is this the one point? Or is the one point David’s example of faithfulness? Or is the main point that David is a type of Christ, who accomplishes our victories for us and fights on our behalf? Well frankly, the answer is yes – all three are the main point. And three points are just fine, since God exists in three persons. In fact, for that reason alone we should expect all texts to have three points, not one. First, we think on God’s nature, which impels us toward ethics, or the work of the Spirit, who leads us to the work of Christ. Three points, three persons. A sermon’s not complete without all three.
Spiritual Life: Perelandra: “Don’t imagine I’ve been selected to go to Perelandra because I’m anyone in particular. One never can see, or not till long afterwards, why any one was selected for any job. And when one does, it is usually some reason that leaves no room for vanity. Certainly, it is never for what the man himself would have regarded as his chief qualifications.” – C.S. Lewis.
Theology: Westminster larger Catechism: A Commentary – “We should always be careful to avoid the error that the gospel involves a lowering of the terms on which mankind can obtain eternal life. The gospel does not involve a lowering of the terms; it involves a substitution of the person who complies with the terms: God graciously accepts Christ’s fulfillment of the moral law as if it were our own attainment, and imputes or reckons it to our credit.” – Johannes Geerhardus Vos
Fun: Why I Bring Theater to the Military – This has some language, but Adam Driver (Kylo Ren in the New Star Wars Film) talks about why the military inspired his acting career, followed by a short performance.
A Glimpse of Truth: The Liberal Blind Spot – NY Times self-declared liberal Nikolas Kristoff critiques his own.
Writing: Becoming a Writer – “Read Becoming a Writer, by Dorothea Brande. Then do what it says, including the tasks you think are impossible. You will particularly hate the advice to write first thing in the morning, but if you can manage it, it might well be the best thing you ever do for yourself. This book is about becoming a writer from the inside out. Many later advice manuals derive from it. You don’t really need any others, though if you want to boost your confidence, “how to” books seldom do any harm. You can kick-start a whole book with some little writing exercise.”
Books and Lit: J.R.R. Tolkien and Travelolatry – There’s plenty to chew on here regarding life, writing, reading and idolatry.
Christians and Culture: Trueman on the Benedict Option – Here’s a good introduction to the whole Benedict Option debate, coming from Carl Trueman. He’s clarifying a few things, as well as giving a couple of really helpful resources to see where he and Drehrer are coming from.
Leadership and Productivity: Longhand Luddites – This is a helpful article on why you should put the computer down, and pick up your pen.