Scribblepreach Awards 08.27.16

Kindle Deal of the Week: Michael F. Bird’s “Romans” – A brilliant commentary by a brilliant theologian on a brilliant book. Don’t miss it, for $7.99

Apologetics: 3 Ways the Blind Man and the Elephant Story Backfires – Love the way Trevin quotes from a wide variety of sources to make his points.

Preaching: Preachers, Don’t Trust Yourself – Thabiti Anyabwile with some words of wisdom, here.

Spiritual Life: Why You Need a Church (Not Just a Campus Ministry) – I think my life will soon be dedicated to this article.

Theology: The Doctrine of the Knowledge of God – “Theology is not needed to remedy formal or material defects in Scripture but to remedy defects in ourselves, the hearers and readers of scripture.”

What Frame is saying here is that theology does not, as Charles Hodge has suggested, put the Bible in its “proper order” (systematics), as though the Bible’s own order were in some way improper. Nor is theology a way to dismiss the “material” facts and claims of scripture with mere expression of religious feelings. Moving on:

“Theology in this sense (as opposed to theology in other senses) has a clear scriptural warrant: Scripture commands us to “teach” in this way (Matt. 28:19 and many other passages). Despite its focus on human need, this definition does full justice to the authority and sufficiency of Scripture. Sola Scriptura (scripture alone) does not require that human needs be ignored in theology, only that Scripture have the final say about the answers to those needs.”

In other words: theology is simply communicating the truth of the Bible in a way that meets human needs and answers human questions (provided the questions are justified by scripture!)

Fun: 14 Justifiably Forgotten Milton Bradley Games – Such classics as “Let’s be Safe”, “Bigfoot”, and “Do the Urkel!”

A Glimpse of Truth: Ark Encounter and Biblical Literalism – There’s something to affirm and deny in this article on Ken Ham’s newest project, from a secular perspective.

Writing: That vs. Which is – I’ve never understood this, which is really sad. That is, it’s sad which I never understood it.

Books and Lit: Neil Gaiman Reads for Ray Bradbury – I didn’t realize Neil Gaiman had such a great voice. This is a short, funny, clever, 13-minute story Gaiman wrote for Ray Bradbury, about the power of words and stories.

Christians and Culture: What Became of Christian Intellectuals? Alan Jacobs with a rather long, but I think rather important article. Very eye-opening (now that I write that, I realize Satan first crafted that metaphor…maybe I should put it away!)

Leadership and Productivity: How to Speak to Our Culture About Sex – DeYoung, Moore and Keller with lots of honed (but I think admittedly differing) wisdom on this.

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Nicholas McDonald is a blogger, pastor, and author of the book "Faker: How to Be Real When You're Tempted to Fake it." He studied creative writing and communication at Oxford University and Olivet Nazerene University, and received his M.Div from Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary. He currently resides in Lexington, NC, with his wife and two boys, Caleb and Owen.