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Posted By Alan Jacobs on June 24, 2013 [My former colleague at Wheaton College, Alan Jacobs, has written a brief but interesting post on the purported universal influence of technology. Anything Alan writes is worth reading, so enjoy.] Jonathan Freedland writes [1], “The American intellectual Leon Wieseltier recently told of his fears for reading. ‘Reading is a cognitive, mental, emotional action, and today it is under pressure from all this speed of the i...Read More

Jul 2013 1 Jul 1, 2013
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Acts 20:24 is surely one of the most powerful and breath-taking texts in all of Scripture. There the Apostle Paul makes this stunning declaration: “But I do not account my life of any value nor as precious to myself, if only I may finish my course and the ministry that I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God.” What is it about “grace” that would lead this man to say such a thing? Do we today understand grace i...Read More

Jun 2013 29 Jun 29, 2013
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On April 14 of this year I was honored to participate in the thanksgiving service where John Piper was acknowledged for his 33 years at Bethlehem Baptist Church. Some of the service is now available below, one segment of which is my challenge to John. ...Read More

Jun 2013 28 Jun 28, 2013
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What comes to mind when you hear someone refer to the “sovereignty” of God? Here is J. I. Packer’s answer to that question. As you read and reflect upon it, observe the beautiful harmony that exists between God’s causal priority in all things (as stated in the first paragraph) and human responsibility and moral accountability (as found in the second). They are gloriously compatible! The sovereignty of God, writes Packer, means that, “the l...Read More

Jun 2013 28 Jun 28, 2013

“If God contains the fullness of all good things in himself like an inexhaustible fountain, nothing beyond him is to be sought by those who strive after the highest good and all the elements of happiness.” John Calvin, Institutes, Book III, chapter xxv 10....Read More

Jun 2013 28 Jun 28, 2013
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In the first post of this series I briefly surveyed some interesting but inadequate ways in which people have tried to deal with the problem of the slaughter of the Canaanites. In the second post I offered a few initial observations that might help us better understand this otherwise befuddling incident. If you are just now joining in with me on this study, I strongly encourage you to go back and read those first two articles. We are now ready to conclude with some final...Read More

Jun 2013 27 Jun 27, 2013
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“It has often appeared to me delightful,” wrote Jonathan Edwards, “to be united to Christ; to have him for my head, and to be a member of his body; also to have Christ for my teacher and prophet. I very often think with sweetness, and longings, and pantings of soul, of being a little child, taking hold of Christ, to be led by him through the wilderness of this world. That text, Matt. 18:3, has often been sweet to me, except ye be converted and become as...Read More

Jun 2013 26 Jun 26, 2013
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Let me follow up on yesterday’s post by making several observations about how best to make sense of what we read in such passages as Joshua 6:21; 8:24-29; 11:10-15. (1) Although I’m not convinced by this argument, I should point out that numerous scholars have argued that in the ancient near east there was a standard, stereotypical way of talking about warfare in which absolute and comprehensive claims about total victory were often made that exceeded what a...Read More

Jun 2013 26 Jun 26, 2013

Dennis Prager has written a fascinating article entitled, “Why Some Scientists Embrace the ‘Multiverse’” (you can read it in its entirety at National Review Online, June 18, 2013). Last week, in Nice, France, I [Prager] was privileged to participate along with 30 scholars, mostly scientists and mathematicians, in a conference on the question of whether the universe was designed, or at least fine-tuned, to make life, especially intelligent life. P...Read More

Jun 2013 26 Jun 26, 2013
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I’ve seen a lot lately on the subject of the slaughter of the Canaanites and how it affects our understanding both of God and the Bible. I preached through Joshua last year and dealt with this issue as best I know how. Here are my conclusions. One of the things that makes these texts in Joshua so difficult is that prior to Joshua 6:21; 8:24-29; and 11:10-15, we see such wonderful truths about God: his faithfulness, his compassion, his commitment to his people and ...Read More