Wednesday, March 31, 2010

March Reading List

13. The Whole Five Feet (hc), by Christopher R. Beha
14. The Lost Symbol (ua), by Dan Brown
15. Watching the Watchmen (hc), by Dave Gibbons, Chip Kidd, & Mike Essl
16. The Best Game Ever (ua), by Mark Bowden
17. Green (ua), by Ted Dekker
18. Hothouse Orchid (ua), by Stuart Woods
19. Scott Pilgrim, vol. 1-3 (gn), by Bryan Lee O'Malley

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Interpreting the Bible

From Systematic Theology, Wayne Grudem's Big Picture guidelines for helping interpret passages of Scripture:

1. It's a historical document
2. The authors wanted the readers to respond in one way
3. The whole Bible is about God
4. The center of the whole Bible is Jesus Christ
5. Salvation history is the core story of the Bible

Friday, March 19, 2010

From Blaise Pascal

Penses #45:

"Man is nothing but a subject full of natural error that cannot be eradicated except through grace. Nothing shows him the truth, everything deceives him. The two principles of truth, reason and senses, are not only both not genuine, but are engaged in mutual deception ... they both compete in lies and deception."

Thursday, March 11, 2010


From a devotion by James H. Kurt:

"To them, it is our duty to call. To darkness, we must bring light, and realize too the fate of Jesus, who will die on the cross for his work, to bring salvation to the world. It is this same cross to which we are all called, for it is by this same cross we have been called. And those who are yet to be gathered in must hear our voice. Let us stand with the Lord and gather in His grain despite the stiffened necks we might find."

Saturday, March 06, 2010

Book Review

A Brief History of Theology, by Derek Johnston.

This is an excellent 300-page survey of 2000 years of Christian theooogy. In sixteen chapters, Johnston covers the early church (Sts. Paul & Augustine), the middle ages (Aquinas), the reformation (Luther, Ignatius, Calvin) and the last century (Barth, Rahner, Brueggermann). Each of these theologians are analyzed in their social and cultural settings, and their life and teachings are appraised in these contexts.

The book is not always an easy read -- because the ideas of these theologians do not always lend themselves to an easy read. But it is indeed a worthwhile overview of the broad theological landscape.