Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Vanhoozer Quote

Sin corrupts this medium along with all other aspects of the human being. Satan, insofar as he interprets God's speech for his own devices, may perhaps be viewed as the first radical reader-response critic--the first to replace the author's voice with his own: "Did God say?" Theological non-realism is ultimately a rebellious protest against having to answer to any other voice than our own.

Vanhoozer, Is There a Meaning in This Text

No Ordinary People

There are no ordinary people. You have never talked to a mere mortal. Nations, cultures, arts, civilization--these are mortal, and their life is to ours as the life of a gnat. But it is immortals whom we joke with, work with, marry, snub, and exploit--immortal horrors or everlasting splendours. This does not mean that we are to be perpetually solemn. We must play. But our merriment must be of that kind (and it is, in fact, the merriest kind) which exists between people who have, from outset, taken each other seriously--no flippancy, no superiority, no presumption. And our charity must be a real and costly love, with deep feeling for the sins in spite of which we love the sinner--no mere tolerance or indulgence which parodies love as flippancy parodies merriment.

C.S. Lewis, "The Weight of Glory"

Friday, April 18, 2008

Bold Brokeness

But as for me, I will watch expectantly for the LORD; I will wait for the God of my salvation. My God will hear me. Do not rejoice over me, O my enemy. Though I fall I will rise; Though I dwell in darkness, the LORD is a light for me. I will bear the indignation of the LORD Because I have sinned against Him, Until He pleads my case and executes justice for me. He will bring me out to the light, And I will see His righteousness.

Micah 7:7-9

Thursday, April 17, 2008

You Might be a Seminarian...

...when you start lusting after someone else's Bible. This is the second time this week.

This was the first one I lusted for...and purchased.

Thabiti Anyabwile at T4G08

"How to Help Your Husband When He's Criticized"

This is a great article. It made me think also of having the courage to say things your spouse may not want to hear but needs to.
Carolyn: Obviously, it certainly isn’t easy to have your husband criticized. But as wives, we must recognize our role as our husband’s helper and make sure we don’t take up an offense, which would not be helpful to our husbands. And that does not take place without a fight. This is the person you love the most in the whole world, and if someone is criticizing him, you can be easily offended and want to defend him. Yet, I must realize that taking an offense would be a disservice to my husband. So it’s important that we as wives guard our hearts, making sure we don’t take up an offense, seeking to serve our husbands as helpers.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

What Pilate Said One Midnight

Upon request, this is a link back to my post: What Pilate Said to Gaius. Ravi Zacharias read this in a sermon, and it is a powerful illustration. I did fix the link at the end: "read on" so you can click it to get to my copy of the manuscript.

I did find after I posted that link that the portion is adapted from a sermon titled "What Pilate Said One Midnight" by Frederick Speakman. It is included in the book The Twentieth Century Pulpit available on

ht: Zach Dietrich

Monday, April 14, 2008

Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Student Sues School After Getting a Zero for Religious Drawing

Link FoxNews

The Peter Enns Controversy at Westminster

Paul Matzko offers his commentary on the irony of the Peter Enns situation
Many helpful links from Brandon Withrow: CLICK HERE

Beale from a Christianity today interview:
If you want a good example of someone who would disagree with our method, there's a recent book by Peter Enns called Inspiration and Incarnation. In one of the concluding chapters, he contends that Jesus and the apostles preached the right doctrine from the wrong texts and that we should do the same. I have written a lengthy review of that chapter in the periodical Themelios. Enns responded, and then I wrote a surrejoinder just on this very issue.

Friday, April 04, 2008

Theological Morphing

From Justin Taylor

Quote from Vanhoozer (preach larger passages)

To begin with, though at a fairly elementary level, one may analyze the text sentence by sentence, in fragments. This may yield information, but probably not understanding. Such reading is a bit like viewing an impressionist painting from too close up; all one sees is sundry color patches. Only when one steps back does the pattern (e.g., the Rouen cathedral at sunrise) emerge. So it is with most literary acts; their sense emerges only when one "steps back" and surveys the whole. It follows that the text itself, in its complete and final form, is the best evidence for determining what the author is doing.