November 29, 2013

Some Thoughts on the Recent Driscoll Plagiarism Kerfuffle

My recent review of Mark Driscoll's A Call to Resurgence was nearly completed when the recent plagiarism allegations came to light, so I did not address the subject there. Now, for those interested, here are some relevant links that should shed some light on the matter:

Review: A Call to Resurgence by Mark Driscoll

Driscoll, Mark. A Call to Resurgence: Will Christianity Have a Funeral or a Future? (Tyndale, 2013), 328 pp.

Controversial Resurgence leader Mark Driscoll’s new book is intended to be “a clarion call for every believer.” Driscoll wants believers to realize that we “are living in a post-Christian culture,” and that this involves “good and bad news. The good news is that God is still working . . . the bad news is that many believers just don’t get it.”

November 28, 2013

Can an Atheist Celebrate Thanksgiving?

If an atheist says, "Thanks," but there's no one there to hear it, is it still Thanksgiving? Here's theologian Gerald Bray:
One of the most popular American holidays is Thanksgiving Day, which manages to be religious and secular at the same time. The Pilgrim Fathers who first celebrated it did so for religious reasons . . . Today it is a major celebration when people are expected and encouraged to be grateful, but no one specifies to whom thanks should be given. Christians have no problem with this because they thank the God of Jesus Christ, but what about followers of other religions, not to mention atheists and agnostics? You cannot be thankful in the abstract, and most people admit they have received blessings that they have done nothing to deserve, even if they are not clear as to where those blessings have come from. They are usually quite prepared to be grateful for them, though, and this feeling gives Christians an opportunity to talk about God. [1]
This should really go without saying, but I'll say it anyway: you can't be thankful if there's no one there to thank.

1. God is Love: A Biblical and Systematic Theology (Crossway, 2012), p. 35. Emphasis mine.

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November 20, 2013

Is New Covenant Prophecy Fallible?

Regardless of how one answers the question of whether or not the gift of prophecy continues today, one must also answer the more basic question of just what prophecy is. Related to that question is this one, "Is New Covenant prophecy fallible?" And make no mistake, this is most definately a separate question.

November 18, 2013

My Seminary Experience - Why MCTS?

Having finished my undergraduate degree in Christian Studies (at Columbia Evangelical Seminary) back in September, I decided to continue my theological education at the Midwest Center for Theological Studies. I am now enrolled in the track two program (the Master of Arts in Theological Studies or MATS for short).  As I progress through my studies, I hope to chronicle my seminary experience on this blog by offering updates and reflections on a (Lord willing) regular basis.

To get started, I thought I'd explain why I decided to study at MCTS rather than one of the many other fine institutions that offer theological education through distance education. So, here's why I chose Midwest:

November 14, 2013

Review: God in Our Midst by Daniel Hyde

Hyde, Daniel R. God in Our Midst: The Tabernacle & Our Relationship with God (Reformation Trust, 2012), 272 pp.

God in Our Midst is pastor Daniel Hyde's commentary on the tabernacle passages in the book of Exodus. It is not, however, a typical Old Testament commentary. How is it different? What makes GIOM such a wonderful and unique commentary is that each chapter not only exalts Christ but is rich with application for the New Covenant believer.

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