- Michael Patton reflects on “closet doctrines” – those doctrines we believe but prefer not to admit to non-Christians.
Closet doctrines are those doctrines that we might believe, but we hide, especially to those for whom Christian truth is a novelty. In short, they are those beliefs that we are somewhat embarrassed by.
- Kevin DeYoung comments on the importance of the affections in Piper, Edwards and the Reformers.
the experiential nature of faith, the spiritual mark of delight in God, and the expectation of pervasive joy are not the inventions of John Piper. Nor are they owing only to the influence of Edwards and the Great Awakening. They go back to the Reformers themselves.
- Tyler Kenney expresses concern about how evangelicals read the OT.
What am I getting at? I am concerned that evangelicals, by and large, approach the OT with an unbiblical dependency on the NT. Since the NT is newer revelation and offers a more developed view of God’s redeeming purposes, it becomes the key by which we “unlock” the meaning of what has come before it. There is no overt discrimination against the OT, just a lack of deep engagement with it as meaningful, relevant revelation in its own right.
- Joel Watts links to an article by Mirsolav Volf on whether monotheism engenders violence.
- There are some good book reviews out today. Larry Hurtado reviews James McGrath’s The Only True God: Early Christian Monotheism in its Jewish Context; Diglot reviews Walter Brueggemann’s An Unsettling God – The Heart of the Hebrew Bible; and Jason Goroncy reviews David Gibson’s Reading the Decree: Exegesis, Election, and Christology in Calvin and Barth.
- And, here’s an interesting list of 10 movies stuck in development hell. Hollywood definitely needs to get some of these taken care of. I don’t care if they ever make a movie about Halo, but Ender’s Game would be fabulous and The Sandman is long overdue.