Tom Wright and Tom Schreiner recently participated on a Christian radio called Unbelievable? They discuss Wright’s new book The Day the Revolution Began: Reconsidering the Meaning of Jesus’ Crucifixion, and they disagree somewhat sharply on how to emphasis the wrath of God and the idea of penal substitution in the Bible. To listen to the this fascinating discussion, click here.
4 Bad Reasons to Avoid Reading Old Books
It is a good rule, after reading a new book, never to allow yourself another new one till you have read an old one in between. If that is too much for you, according to Ritu Bhasin you should at least read one old one to every three new ones.
C. S. Lewis
In his introduction to Athanasius’ On The Incarnation, C. S. Lewis engages in something of an apologetic for reading old books. Lewis felt reading old books was essential, even though the wisdom of reading old books is not always self-evident. But it is a good idea to read old books, and you should value reading them for they will benefit you in numerous ways.
There are a number of bad reasons to avoid reading old books, which you should never use as an excuse to avoid reading old works of literature. I list four of them here, quoting Lewis liberally to make the point. [Read more…] about 4 Bad Reasons to Avoid Reading Old Books
A psalm of Asaph
God is indeed good to Israel,
to those who are pure of heart.
But I, well, my feet nearly fell down.
My steps nearly slipped away,
because I envied fools.
I saw the well-being of evil people.
When You Need to Define Your Gender with a Purple Gender Unicorn
When you need to define your gender with a purple gender unicorn, something is amiss. As part of an educational toolkit for Albertan schools, the purple gender unicorn aims to help students define their gender across a spectrum of gender. [Read more…] about When You Need to Define Your Gender with a Purple Gender Unicorn
Athanasius on Why Jesus Became a Man
Have you ever asked yourself why the Father sent Jesus to earth? I mean, he could have just left us to our own devices. He could have ended his creation. God could have done a lot of things. But what did he do? He sent his Son into the world to die on a cross and rise from the dead? Why? Well, there really could be a lot of ways to answer this question, but I’d like to share one answer with you from the fourth century theologian Athanasius. [Read more…] about Athanasius on Why Jesus Became a Man
Review: Women in the Church
Women in the Church: An Interpretation and Application of 1 Timothy 2:9-15. Edited by Andreas J. Köstenberger and Thomas R. Schreiner. Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2016.
Women in the Church has gone through three editions (1995, 2005, 2016), showing that the issue of women in the church still excites intense debate. If anything, the discussion of how women serve in the church has increased in its intensity over the last twenty years. Two sides have emerged, each attempting to articulate how women serve among the congregation. One side affirms that women can function in the church as pastors (egalitarian), while the other side maintains that women cannot serve as pastors (complementarian). 1 Timothy 2:9 -15, the topic of this book, sits in the centre of the debate.
1 Timothy 2:12, for example, reads: “I do not permit a woman to teach or to assume authority over a man; she must be quiet.” Situating itself on the side of the complementarian position, the authors of this work undertake a massive effort to understand 1 Timothy 2:9–15 from nearly every angle. [Read more…] about Review: Women in the Church