Hope you had a safe and sane New Year's Eve. In Texas, it's always very explosive — literally!
Our church had a good time of fellowship and worship, with a word from Scripture on how to put into effects the changes which the Holy Spirit may have brought to our minds from our New Year's consideration of the Word.
So now, for the seven of you who are online today, this brief care package:
- Perhaps a bit afield (literally), but enough of you are LOTR/Hobbit fans to warrant this series of beautiful pictures of the breathtaking New Zealand locations.
- Even Dan Wallace very effectively body-slams Kurt Eichenwald's sophomoric hit-piece in Newsweek.
So @Newsweek, when are the editorial meetings re. how you can recover any credibility after the Eichenwald disaster? Better act quickly.
— Dan Phillips (@BibChr) December 29, 2014
- And Dr. Michael Kruger offers the second part of his robust response to The Eichenwald Disaster.
@Good_Beard @atheist9155 Do you believe that you've asserted truth?
— Dan Phillips (@BibChr) December 31, 2014
- Through the one-way mirror, as a service to help you in an area I deeply believe in: Justin Taylor links to material to help you read through the Bible in 2015. Challies also links to a number of Bible reading plans.
- The best one for you? The one you pick and stick with.
- Me? I've done a number; I've done M'Cheyne several years, and it's pretty rigorous. Having read through the Bible quite a few times, what I've done for the past couple of years at least is to read portions of the Hebrew OT in its canonical order (Genesis-2 Chronicles), the NT in Greek, and the Bible in English.
- Well, you asked. Or read, anyway.
- Pat Robertson isn't the only one with predictions:
Cool kidz trends of 2015? OUT: Gospel reconciliation IN: Counter-racism "Fire fought with fire results in a burnt field"—Herbert Verflemann
— Dan Phillips (@BibChr) January 1, 2015
- For instance, a man respected by many cool kidz, Anthony Bradley, writes a whole column ostensibly explaining why the living contents of one particular skincolor package "matter." Because: centuries ago. Because: decades ago. Because: this and that. Not-because: the Gospel, the Bible. I expect this year will feature a lot more of this, with many cool kidz outdoing each other to get on that particular wagon.
- Meanwhile there will be a few stubborn hardheads who will insist that racism is never the answer to racism, the Gospel is; and that stoking fires of resentment, bitterness, self-pity, and career-victim-status, coupled with calls for endless increments of statist "solutions," are the way forward for nobody.
- The former will do their best to shame, ignore and/or marginalize the latter, and...fun times for all. When the smoke clears, the Gospel will still have been both the issue and the only real solution. The only question is how many deaths and broken friendships will precede that admission.
- Pastor/professor Ryan M. McGraw offers a fine, detailed, spunky review of John Frame's massive new systematic theology, which I'm reading. Turns out that one of the very things McGraw doesn't like about it is the very thing I do like about Frame. That said, I'd say all his points of criticism are well-taken, from what I've read so far. Still I'm finding it a stimulating and profitable read.
- We who love Christ and His Church often lament bad turns and leaders who turn bad; in that, consider this wonderfully encouraging word from Gurnall. Honestly, that book fairly bristles with godly wisdom.