• Books

    More or Less

    J.T. English’s “Deep Discipleship” is fixing to be an awesome book. The introduction alone was incisive and direct. I’ll share just a little bit of something that caught my attention. He’s talking about misdiagnosing the church’s ills in regards to discipleship. Everyone has an opinion in my experience. But English is right, most people seem to think the church requires too much of people. To this English has the following to say: Deep discipleship is about giving people more Bible, not less; more theology, not less; more spiritual disciplines, not less; more gospel, not less; more Christ, not less. Deep Discipleship, p8 I wholeheartedly agree. How can we give people…

  • Books,  Theology

    Concise Theology: A Guide to Historic Christian Beliefs

    Concise Theology is well worth the read. In short bursts of two to three pages each (usually), J.I. Packer proceeds to lay out historic Christian beliefs for his readers. While I would have loved to see just a bit more at times, overall, I thought the pacing and breakdown was excellent. Packer is pastoral, caring for the body of Christ, and passionate, reveling in the glories of Christ, the work of the Spirit and the majesty of the Father. Even when I either disagreed or would have stated something slightly differently, I found him to demonstrate humility and patience, no easy task when your intent is to be concise. The…

  • Biblical Studies,  Books,  Language

    Linguistics & Biblical Exegesis: Suggested Reading

    I started Linguistics & Biblical Exegesis yesterday. And right off the bat, I am enjoying it. In the first chapter, Wendy Widder offers a lovely introduction to the idea of linguistically informed Biblical study, and the topics the book specifically will address. Capping it is a list of resources with explanation. As much for myself as any other, here are her suggestions (from pp. 11-12): I’m particularly interested in the Silva entry… (As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.)

  • Books,  Social Sciences

    Quotable Common Sense

    This is the first of the quotes I intend to share after having completed Common Sense: Society in every state is a blessing, but government even in its best state is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one; for when we suffer, or are exposed to the same miseries by a government, which we might expect in a country without government, our calamity is heightened by reflecting that we furnish the means by which we suffer. Government, like dress, is the badge of lost innocence… Common Sense (AmazonClassics Edition, p.3) – Thomas Paine He is articulate, if not quite pithy, here. Government, and the resultant loss…