Some Theological Fragments
I haven’t had much time to sit down and write lately so here is a quick fragmented list of what I have been reading and thinking about lately.
Bible Reading Plans for 2016
The folks at Ligonier have compiled a trusted list of Bible reading plans. Most of these allow you to read through the entire Bible at least once in a year.
While you’re at it, head on over to P&R Publishing and read this excellent post by Roger Festa on why many Bible Reading Plans will fail and what you can do about it. It includes an incredible free offer that you will not want to miss.
If you are thinking of a thousand reasons why you don’t want to participate in a Bible reading program, read this post by Melissa Kruger first.
In case you missed it, The Atlantic wrote an interesting piece in November claiming that liberals are losing the culture war. It’s interesting that both sides are claiming to be the losers in this war. This is an indication of how heated these issues are. You know that things are volitile when both sides are so passionate that any opposition seems like a threat to their livelihood. The effect is that both sides are digging their heals into the dirt. Expect a bloody election season.
Meanwhile the PCUSA continues to plunder the property of the faithful. Viola Larson has a solid biblical response to persecution. Christians everywhere should consider the fact that we are now a minority and start asking how God would have us live as a persecuted minority. Read Viola’s post and then go back and read the accounts of how God’s people have always responded when living in exile. It may change your perspective on a few things. Do we throw in the towel? Absolutely not! However, on the other hand we never see God’s people leading a revolution. Change starts in the hearts of individuals works a gradual influence outwardly in the family, church, community, then nation.
On a national level, the Human Rights Campaign is encouraging intimidation of Christian colleges and calling for them to no longer be Christian. You can read Andrew Walker’s post on this in the National Review here. My opinion for what it’s worth is that Christian colleges and seminaries will no longer exist in 20 years. Perhaps sooner. In response, the church should begin to think of alternate means of training ministers. This discussion is long overdue. The task of equipping the saints for ministry (including ministers) belongs to the sphere of the church but starts in the sphere of the home.
I’m not entirely certain what the Roman Catholic church means by the recent document published by the Vatican’s Commission for Religious Relations with the Jews, but it seems to imply that Israel may be saved apart from confessing Christ. While on one hand they say that there is no salvation apart from Christ in the paper, they also say that Romans 11:29 leaves room some sort of salvation based upon God’s irrevocable call and that the answer to reconciling them is a mystery. It would be interesting to get some comments from any Catholic readers if there are any. How is this to be interpreted? Perhaps a closers reading is needed but at first glance this appears to be downright dangerous.
Speaking of God’s plan of salvation, Steven Lawson reminds us that the centerpiece of God’s saving plan is not us, but his glory. You can read his post here.
If you know anything about my favorite pastors you know that Sinclair Ferguson is at the top of my list. In this post, he handles the topic of contentment with his usual pastoral insight. This is good reading.
Another one of my favorite pastors (Joel Beeke) recently taught a class on fighting back worldliness in your family. It’s a two part series but as of today only part one has been posted. You will want to listen to this. It is good. Come back to it for part two in which he promises to give practical ways to combat worldliness in the family.
Continuing on my favorite pastors theme, here are some books that you may want to buy:
Parenting by God’s Promises by Joel Beeke
How Should Men Lead Their Families by Joel Beeke
Family Worship by Joel Beeke
Name Above All Names by Alistair Begg & Sinclair Ferguson
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