Month: August 2014

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Wondering what to read before seminary?

On the Twitter, Jennifer Guo pondered which books she should read before seminary. My normal response would be to remember that scene from Good Will Hunting about library fees and Harvard education. But on the other hand, seminary can be super useful and if you’ve counted the cost, so to speak, then I shouldn’t attempt …

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Fatigue and Heavy Lifting

When I was younger I used to train really hard. I still tend to do so. But when I was younger, I don’t even remember why, but I decided that it would be important to test my ability to lift insanely heavy weights under psychological distress. To simulate that state, I did what I hate …

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George Herbert and the Life of Rigour

George Herbert has been one of my favorite poets since 2005 or so. One of his longer poems, the Church Porch, contains an interesting few stanzas concerning the vigorous or strenuous life that would fit right into a book by Teddy Roosevelt. If you aren’t a fan of poetry, just read the bold lines: Flie …

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King James Bible

Why you should read it: It is one of the few “church Bibles” we protestants have. Even though it was produced by the state of England, at the time, that was indistinguishable from the Anglican Church. It is an important piece of literature in Western Civilization. It isn’t under copyright. It is the inspired writ, …

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Evangelical Myth: Let God Do It Through You

There is a method of Christian advice giving and sermonizing that is very popular today that essentially involves claims of this sort: Don’t try so hard to over come sin, you’ve got to stop trying and just let God do it through you! It’s a persistent notion and I’ve over heard it given as advice …

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Calvin on Psalm 146:1

 Commenting upon the phrase, “Praise the Lord, oh my Soul,” Calvin observed: Although his heart was truly and seriously in the work, he would not rest in this, until he had acquired still greater ardour. And if it was necessary for David to stir himself up to the praises of God, how powerful a stimulant …

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Studying Scripture and Following Jesus

I really do believe that the best opportunity any human being has is this: 28 Δεῦτε πρός με πάντες οἱ κοπιῶντες καὶ πεφορτισμένοι, κἀγὼ ἀναπαύσω ὑμᾶς. 29 ἄρατε τὸν ζυγόν μου ἐφʼ ὑμᾶς καὶ μάθετε ἀπʼ ἐμοῦ, ὅτι πραΰς εἰμι καὶ ταπεινὸς τῇ καρδίᾳ, καὶ εὑρήσετε ἀνάπαυσιν ταῖς ψυχαῖς ὑμῶν· 30 ὁ γὰρ ζυγός μου …

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Mega-Church Sermon Idea

The Four D’s of the Christian Life: Get your finances in order in three easy steps. Have an extra sexy super duper sex life in three easy steps (with Bible verses). Go to small group Bible study every week. If you do these four things (Just remember: the four Ds!) you’ll be a mega member …

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Ouch! Nanos on Schreiner

Schreiner’s criticism involves a claim to speak authoritatively for Paul and God, and thus for historical truth. Following such a remarkable methodological claim, one might expect his dismissal to be closely based on what Paul wrote—but it is not. To put this bluntly: Paul may well have been inspired to speak for God (which is …

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Charlton and Exercise

Bruce Charlton is one of the brightest bloggers I’ve ever come across. He’s also brilliant off the internet. He posts interesting, though not always totally convincing essays on a variety of topics: evolution, Mormonism, Christian spirituality, etc. He recently posted about exercise and fitness. This is important for him, I wager, due to his interest …