Category: Theology and Practice

Spiritual Disciplines – Part 2

My wife, Malea, is an excellent writer and thinker. She has spent much time contemplating and practicing the disciplines and here is what she thinks about them: Spiritual Disciplines: Described and Explained Spiritual Disciplines aid us in becoming more like...

/ July 19, 2005

Evangelicals Desperately Need to Practice Spiritual Disciplines: an Exhortation from Romans

Last week I attended a summer class put on by a fairly typical Southern California church on spiritual disciplines. I thought it was cool that they even cared about spiritual disciplines – a subject grossly neglected by most evangelicals. For...

/ July 16, 2005

Under Review: Listening to the Spirit in the Text

(Note: I’m republishing this review as I am currently in St. Louis. Normal blogging returns Sunday). On a recent foray into our library, I picked up Gordon Fee’s Listening to the Spirit in the Text. A treasure trove of previously...

/ July 12, 2005

St. John Chrysostom on Romans

Lately I’ve been reading St. John Chrysostom’s homilies on St. Paul’s Epistle to the Romans. A striking feature of Chrysostom’s writings (Chrysostom means “golden mouth” in the Greek for etymologists out there!) is how evangelical they sound! Yes, I mean...

/ July 10, 2005

Luther’s Bondage of the Will

Lately I’ve been doing some reading about predestination and free-will. I think theology is utterly important – after all, how can you have a relationship with someone without knowing about them? So in the search for a church in the...

/ June 29, 2005

The Strong Doctrine of Biblical Inerrancy

I was just listening to a lecture by JP Moreland on the doctrine of Biblical inerrancy. A few highlights – these are not comprehensive arguments by any stretch but are aspects of the bigger argument that struck me: 1) The...

/ June 27, 2005

Quotes from “The Hidden Life”

A truly excellent devotional I am now reading is 19th century Bible expositor Adolph Saphir’s, The Hidden Life. Here are some gems: In the sweet valley of humiliation we behold Jesus exalted on His throne. Then the happy land, far,...

/ June 15, 2005

Death comes to all Men

You know you’ve been blogging for a while when blogging becomes an important outlet for the deeper thoughts of your normal life. Or in this case, normal death. Today, my grandfather passed away. As I reflected on his death, I...

/ June 14, 2005

Mind and Media Review–Unlock the Prison Doors

Terry Barber’s Unlock the Prison Doors claims to contain “Keys to breaking the chains of habitual sin.” Unfortunately, Barber’s “keys” seem to be a bit rusty and over-used. Barber is obviously a very pious and devout man who has faithfully...

/ June 4, 2005

More “hot ice and wondrous strange snow”

From another term paper: “Not only is the Christian God indescribable and magnificent, the description of God is interesting as well” (emphasis mine). That (rather unwittingly, I am afraid to say) sums up the whole problem of Christian theology.

/ May 25, 2005