Archive for the ‘Apologetics’ Category

I have been away in the US for the launch of 20 schemes and so I have been a bit disorganised with my posts.  Tomorrow, I hope to post a review of my trip overseas. But, for today, I will link to two posts that struck me for different reasons.

John Stevens link here.

A really helpful (and in-depth) article on the gay marriage debate. Please take the time to read it because it has serious implications for all of us who take the Bible as the full and authoritative word of God.

Telegraph Article here.

Not a Christian response but a fascinating insight into the mind of our secular culture.

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Jared Moore has put together some resources by Don Carson on the difficult doctrine of the love of God here. Although his context is American Southern Baptists it is a topic that is pertinent for all believers. The topic of God’s love and His wrath is just so important in a ministry like ours. Real people are going to a real hell. Jared writes:

The wrath of God towards sin and sinners is what makes God’s love so amazing.  All humans deserve hell, yet God reveals His love for us by giving His Son for the world.  Furthermore, there is a special love for the elect that the lost do not have.  This love should be shared instead of hidden, encouraging sinners to come and enjoy the love God has for the elect through repentance and faith in Christ.

Please take the time to read his helpful post and to download the free resources from Don Carson.

John Piper answers this question here. Enjoy your Sunday.

A video here showing a talk on this subject by John Piper.

I found this online recently. The rationale behind some of the apologetic approaches is fascinating from a natural scientific perspective. Tellingly, Ham was consistently bringing things back to Scripture as our starting point for dealing with people.See what you think.

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“Christian faith is not primarily about arguing over right beliefs and doctrines, it is about letting the story of God’s grace become our story and shape our lives.”

I am sure many of us (who read at least) have heard/read some version of that in recent years. “Storying” is very much in vogue in Evangelical circles right now. There is an interesting discussion on the Gospel Coalition website between Trevin Wax and Lesley Leyland Fields (read her article on, ‘the gospel is more than story’ here.) on the dangers of seeing the Bible almost exclusively as a grand story. In her writings for Christianity Today magazine, Fields helpfully reminds us that,

“God gave us stories indeed, but he also gave us proverbs, poetry, law, exhortation, prophesy, lament, riddle, letters, visions, genealogies, and prayers. Man lives by every word that proceeds from God’s mouth.”

“For reasons we will likely never know, God, who could have placed in our hands any kind of book he wanted, chose to give us a plurivocal, polyphonic, multilinear anthology, a magnificently irreducible book that contains as many rhetorical forms and voices as we have temperaments and experience. God knew—of course!—that we need them all. It’s time, then, to replace the term “narrative theology” with “literary theology” to include all the literary genres God chose to speak through.”

It all makes for fascinating reading. I work in a culture that loves stories. It is an excellent evangelistic/teaching tool. They love to hear good testimonies. The Christian church, for example, loves to bring in a good testimony to keep the punters interested (story telling can also be a good teaching tool too). And why not? We should, after all, use any and all means at our disposal. The thing we must remember is that all of our biblical stories must point us to Calvary. My worry is that the current story obsession in some circles can leave us thinking that  the universe is about us when it is about Him and what He has done for us. At Niddrie we love to tell the grand story of the Bible, beginning at creation and all the way through to redemption and the coming renewal of all things. We find it a helpful platform upon which to help our people understand God’s salvation plan from a wider perspective. The Bible isn’t just a story to be told but a truth to be proclaimed and commands to be acted upon.

Good stuff and well worth further reflection.

This is a smart little post on the Desiring God blog. It really does show up the intellectual confusion surrounding the whole issue of ‘tolerance’ in our society. Read it here.

There has been a good series of debates recently on the White Horse Inn Website concerning the nuts and bolts of Calvinism and Arminianism. It is good to see robust and mutually respecting discussion on these issues instead of the usual polemics and misrepresentation around these issues from both ‘camps’. Check out the article here for a good discussion on the above question.

There is a good article by Michael Horton here. On a side issue: Speaking as a  Calvinist can I say that in my experience in the UK we are a miserable breed. Some of my closest friends are Arminians and they are smart, savvy, warm and winsome in their approach to life. We can learn a lot from one another once we ease off on the polemics.