Jul 3, 2010

Some Proposed Seminary Courses

See this
post by Donn Johnson on suggestions for some new seminary courses.

HT: Scot McKnight

Marshall on the Pastoral Epistles in Recent Study

Readers interested in the Pastoral Epistles might want to check out I. Howard Marshall’s chapter entitled “The Pastoral Epistles in Recent Study” in the recently released Entrusted with the Gospel: Paul’s Theology in the Pastoral Epistles, ed. By A. Köstenberger and T. Wilder. In this chapter, Marshall discusses recent commentaries (269–82), works on the structure of the PE (PP. 282–83), works on the literary approaches to the PE (pp. 284–87), works on pseudepigraphy and the authorship of the PE (pp. 288–92), works on the PE and New Testament theology (pp. 292–94), works on Christology and soteriology in the PE (pp. 294–97), works on the church, ministry, and ethics in the PE (pp. 297–300), works on women in the PE (pp. 300–4), and works on the individuality (treating each epistle independently) of the PE (pp. 304–8). I found these summaries to be helpful and even-handed.

Jul 2, 2010

Reviews of Bible Atlases

See Phillip J. Long's review of four major Bible Atlases

Jul 1, 2010

Free Audio Download of A. W. Tozer's The Pursuit of God

Christianaudio.com is offering a free audio download of A. W. Tozer's The Pursuit of God. Here is a description of the book.

Although written in such a remarkably short period of time, Tozer's passionate classic offers not only a deeper understanding of Biblical Truth, but a personal encounter with the very Source of that Truth.

Go here and use the coupon code JUL2010.

Paul's Understanding of Christ as Lord

"Paul’s favourite term for Jesus Christ is ‘Lord’ (Greek Kyrios). But as many have pointed out, what Lord means in practical terms is most clearly seen in Paul’s correlative term slave or servant. To call Christ one’s Lord means to be wholly at his disposal."

Anthony C. Thiselton, The Living Paul: An Introduction to the Apostles Life and Thought (Downers Grove: InterVarsity, 2009), 38.

Jun 30, 2010

Four Essential Proclamations in a Funeral Message

See Brian Croft's post on four essential proclamations in a funeral message.

Preaching and Teaching Law Passages

Peter Vogt provides the following “strategies for communication” in preaching a
nd teaching the Law passages in the Pentateuch to a contemporary audience.

  • Address the cultural connotations of the Law (e.g., for Americans, laws are about rules, for OT Israelites the Law was about mandated righteousness)
  • Note the purpose of the Law in its original setting
  • Discuss the implications of Jesus’ ministry for the Law’s relevance
  • Address the applicability of the Law in a contemporary setting

Peter T. Vogt, Interpreting the Pentateuch (Grand Rapids: Kregel, 2009), 165–172.

Jun 29, 2010

Resources for Dealing With Temptation

See Dustin Benge's helpful list for dealing with temptation

The Lord's Supper in Matthew

See posts here and here on the Lord's Supper in Matthew.

WTS Bookstore Moving Sale

The Westminster Theological Seminary Bookstore is moving and they have asked each staff member to select five of their favorite books to go on sale while they move. Each of these staff picks are 45% off. (Sale ends when we resume shipping on July 14th). Shipping starts at just $1 flat fee for orders over $35 (UPS Ground). Here are links to the entire sale (sale prices are shown).

J. Graham Machen, Christianity and Liberalism (Revised Edition) (Paperback) – $8.25

Timothy Keller, The Reason for God (Paperback) – $8.00

Timothy Witmer, The Shepherd Leader: Achieving Effective Shepherding in Your Church (Paperback) – $9.89

Edward Fisher, Marrow of Modern Divinity (Hardcover) – $16.49

Paul Miller, A Praying Life: Connecting With God in a Distracting World (Paperback) – $8.24

John Piper, Hunger for God: Desiring God (Paperback) – $8.79

Dave Harvey, When Sinners Say "I Do": Discovering the Power of the Gospel for Marriage (Paperback) – $7.67

Tedd Tripp, Shepherding a Child's Heart, Revised and Updated (Paperback) – $7.67

Paul David Tripp, Instruments in the Redeemer's Hands: People in Need of Change Helping People in Need of Change (Paperback) – $9.34

G. K. Beale, Temple and the Church’s Mission: Biblical Theology of the Dwelling Place of God (New Studies in Biblical Theology Vol 17) (Paperback) – $16.50

Jonathan Leeman, The Church and the Surprising Offense of God's Love: Reintroducing the Doctrines of Church Membership and Discipline (IXMarks)

– $10.99

Timothy Keller, The Prodigal God: Recovering the Heart of the Christian Faith (Hardcover) – $10.97

David Helm, The Big Picture Story Bible (Hardcover) – $13.74

Michael Emlet, Cross Talk: Where Life and Scripture Meet (Paperback) – $8.79

Bruce Metzger and Bart Ehrman, Text of the New Testament: Its Transmission, Corruption, and Restoration – $27.47

Bruce Waltke, An Old Testament Theology: A Canonical and Thematic Approach (Hardcover) – $29.24

Geerhardus Vos, Redemptive History and Biblical Interpretation: The Shorter Writings of Geerhardus Vos (Hardcover) – $16.49

Steve Corbett and Brian Fikkert, When Helping Hurts: How to Alleviate Poverty Without Hurting the Poor...and Yourself (Paperback) – $8.24

Sally Lloyd-Jones, The Jesus Storybook Bible: Every Story Whispers His Name (Hardcover) – $9.34

Bob Kauflin, Worship Matters: Leading Others to Encounter the Greatness of God (Paperback) – $9.89

John Piper, God Is the Gospel: Meditations on God's Love As the Gift of Himself (Hardcover) – $9.89

Ginger Plowman, Heaven at Home: Establishing and Enjoying a Peaceful Home (Paperback) – $7.67

Rodney Stark, The Rise of Christianity: How the Obscure, Marginal Jesus Movement Became the Dominant Religious Force in the Western World – $8.24

Stephen Dempster, Dominion and Dynasty: A Study in Old Testament Theology (New Studies in Biblical Theology Vol 15) (Paperback) – $13.20

UBS Greek New Testament: A Reader's Edition (Hardcover) – $32.97

Bruce Longenecker, Lost Letters of Pergamum: A Story from the New Testament World (Paperback) – $9.89

K. Scott Oliphint, Reasons for Faith: Philosophy in the Service of Theology (Paperback) – $13.74

Moises Silva, Interpreting Galatians: Explorations in Exegetical Method – $14.30

Lindsey Blair and Bobby Giles, Our Home is like a Little Church (Paperback) – $2.74

Herman Ridderbos, Paul: An Outline of His Theology (Paperback) – $20.35

Timothy Laniak, Shepherds After My Own Heart: Pastoral Traditions and Leadership in the Bible (New Studies in Biblical Theology Vol 20) (Paperback) – $14.30

David F. Wright, ed., Baptism: Three Views (Paperback) – $8.80

Klyne Snodgrass, Stories with Intent (Hardcover) – $27.50

K. Scott Oliphint, ed, Justified in Christ: God's Plan for Us in Justification (Paperback) – $10.44

James Jeffers, Greco-Roman World of the New Testament Era: Exploring the Background of Early Christianity (Paperback) – $12.65

Louis Berkohf and Cornelius Van Til, Foundations of Christian Education: Addresses to Christian Teachers – $6.59

Susan Hunt and Richie Hunt, Big Truths for Little Kids: Teaching Your Children to Live for God (Hardcover) – $9.34

Adele Berlin, The Dynamics of Biblical Parallelism (Paperback) – $11.55

Christopher Wright, Knowing Jesus Through the Old Testament (Paperback) – $9.35

Starr Mead, Grandpa's Box: Retelling the Biblical Story of Redemption (Paperback) – $7.69

Mark Thompson, A Clear and Present Word: The Clarity of Scripture in a Confused World (New Studies in Biblical Theology Vol 21) (Paperback) – $12.10

Herman Bavink, Reformed Dogmatics, 4 Volume Set – $98.99

Harvie Conn, Evangelism: Doing Justice and Preaching Grace (Paperback) – $6.04

E. M. Bounds, Prayer and Praying Men (Audio CD) – $12.09

Cornelius Van Til, Christian Apologetics, 2nd ed. (Paperback) – $7.14

All Crossway ESV Study Bibles - prices vary