Andy Naselli reviews three Gospel movies (John, Matthew, and Acts:
Christianity Today posts an interesting article on praying through the Psalms, by Ben Patterson:
“My problem with the Psalms was my problem with prayer: There was too much ‘me and Jesus’ in my praying, and there needed to be a lot more ‘we and Jesus…Enter the Psalms: I may not personally be in the dark pit the man who prayed Psalm 88 was in, but there are many who were and are this very moment, my sisters and brothers in the persecuted church worldwide. We are part of the same body; we are family in a family closer and more enduring than any earthly family. The psalm enables me to enter into real fellowship with them, whether or not I ever meet them on earth, whether or not I ever experience personally what they experience. Their experiences are ours…I started reading and praying the Psalms like a child learning how to read, learning a new “vocabulary, a grammar, and a plot line”—discovering a family tree I didn’t know I had.”
Bob Kauflin on 10 reasons why he appreciates the new ESV Study Bible:
1. It’s based on the English Standard Version, which is one of the finest and most faithful translations available today. While it’s always good to consult various translations for study, the ESV does a great job recognizing variants in translation in the footnotes.
2. The introductory notes to each book are informative and helpful, and don’t overwhelm you with interesting but non-essential background information.
3. The notes are extensive and answer questions I actually have about the text, without avoiding difficult passages.
4. The notes cover material that is not only helpful, but pastoral, aimed at helping me understand God’s Word better and loving God more.
5. The notes are well laid out. Larger section, shorter, then vs. by vs. I’ve found them easy to follow along with the text.
6. The treatment of the first few chapters of Genesis is very even-handed and well-researched. The notes aim to give us an appreciation for the interplay of science and the Bible without giving ground on the ultimate authority of Scripture.
7. The focus is always Gospel-centered. The notes seek to answer the question, “Where does this section of the Bible fit into the larger story of God sending Jesus to redeem a people for his glory?”
8. The articles in the back of the Bible are almost a book in themselves (I’d love to see Crossway will publish these separately), and address many significant issues clearly, briefly, and effectively. They include Biblical Doctrine, Biblical Ethics, Reading the Bible, The Reliability of Bible Manuscripts, The Bible and World Religions, and the History of Salvation in the Old Testament.
9. The maps and illustrations actually contain the cities, areas, and details I want to know about, and are placed close to the passages they refer to.
10. The notes don’t go beyond what the text says. They affirm what is clear, and plainly present different views when a word, phrase, or passage is unclear.
A good article on abortion and racism, from Anne Hendershott at the Witherspoon Institute:
“It’s never been a more dangerous time to be a black baby. . . The figures are shocking: Nearly half of all African American pregnancies end in abortion. Since 1973, the number of abortions by African American women has totaled more than twelve million. In some localities, including Mississippi, Louisiana, Maryland, and Georgia, more than half of all abortions are performed on black women. Similar rates are found for black women in New York City. . . The black community has already been changed by abortion. At a time when 50 percent of their unborn children are aborted, many within the black community are beginning to recognize that their community has been devastated by abortion.”
Dave Schrock writes about the exegesis process known as “arcing,” and reviews the site, biblearc.com:
Al Mohler on the rift at the Crystal Cathedral between Robert Schuller and his son:
William P. Young responds (a little) to the criticisms of his book, “The Shack”:
“These men do not know me at all,” he said of critics such as Mohler, Challies, and Mark Driscoll, pastor of Mars Hill Church in Seattle who Young said had not even read the book before criticizing it.
“[B]ut in the process,” he continued, “what they have written have actually told us much more about them than about the book.”
Beholding “HIM” in the book of Hebrews from the Blue Fish Project:
A different perspective on the movie “Fireproof” from John Armstrong:
An interesting post by Robin Dembroff for The Evangelical Outpost on California Proposition 8:
Frankly, I don’t understand why the homosexual community doesn’t want to “celebrate diversity,” as they claim to ardently desire. Why cry for “equality” when the homosexual movement is largely centered around pride in being different? Let’s not pretend to be blind to color, creed, or any other variances: we should acknowledge and respect them all equally, true, but don’t try to tell me everyone ought to be treated identically…
Abraham Piper has 22 simple ways for a new blogger to improve:
The John MacArthur sermon library is now going to be offered for free from Grace To You!
Video of the Week: The new 24 Season 7 trailer hits the net!
Joaquin Phoenix announces his retirement from acting:
“I want to take this opportunity…to give you the exclusive and just talk a little bit about the fact that this will be my last performance as an actor. I’m not doing films anymore,” he said. “I’m working on my music. I’m done. I’ve been through that.”
Here is a great video from Desiring God on John Piper’s perspective on the election:
4. Prophetic perspective
5. Sovereignty of God
Since Dr. Russell Moore had laryngitis this week he spent most of his time writing blogs! (I especially liked the last two):
1. A Theology of Laryngitis
2. Why Fannie Lou Hamer Is a Name You Shoud Know
3. What Vampire Romance Novels Tell Us About Our Mission Field
4. Seven Reasons Why Halloween Judgment Houses Win So Few People to Christ