March 2011


Biblical theology is one of my favorite areas of study. G. K. Beale is one of the finest biblical theologians. Among his many solid works Beale’s latest book A New Testament Biblical Theology: The Transformation of the Old Testament in the New will be a most welcome addition to the ever growing field of New Testament biblical theology.

Here is the publishers description of the book:

This comprehensive exposition is the first major New Testament biblical theology to appear in English in fifty years. G. K. Beale, coeditor of the award-winning Commentary on the New Testament Use of the Old Testament, examines how the New Testament storyline relates to and develops the Old Testament storyline. Beale argues that every major concept of the New Testament is a development of a concept from the Old and is to be understood as a facet of the inauguration of the latter-day new creation and kingdom. Offering extensive interaction between the two testaments, this volume helps readers see the unifying conceptual threads of the Old Testament and how those threads are woven together in Christ. This major work by a leading New Testament scholar will be valued by students of the New Testament and pastors alike.

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The debate over how to reconcile the biblical doctrines of divine sovereignty and human responsibility will continue on until we become God or Christ returns. Since we will never become God the church, and all its onlookers, will have to suffer through the discussion until Christ’s return (which Harold Camping says is May 21st!)

Anyways, Robert A. Peterson has written a new book for the Explorations in Biblical Theology Series called Election and Free Will: God’s Gracious Choice and Our Responsibility. From this outline that Justin Taylor has provided on his blog, it looks like this book will help to bring good clarity to the debate and to what Calvinists do and do not believe the Bible teaches on these two subjects.

There are few subjects in American cultural and religious discussion that give us a more accurate reading of our moral temperature than the issue of abortion. At the heart of this issue is this – When can the life inside a mothers womb be defined as a human being? How you answer this question is dependent upon how you define human being?

This question has two parts and therefore two questions to answer. First, the question is not merely when does life begin? Even if you believe that what is inside a mothers womb is just a clump of cells and tissue, it is still living because cells and tissue are a form of living existence. It is living no matter what you call it. Second, this naturally leads to ask the question – is this life a human being? There is no question that at some point the life inside a mother can eventually be defined as a human being. The question is, when can it be defined so and how do we make the determination that this life has crossed over that bridge?

I firmly believe that not only does life begin at conception but human life begins at conception. Since this life is human it has the status and deserves the care that a newborn baby, a 40 yr old mother and a 90 year old father has.

This week I ran across two short videos that speak to the heart of this issue and help answer these questions.

This first video sets up the heat of the issue. It can be viewed here.

The second video seeks to answer the fundamental question – Is this living organism a human being?

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If you would like to read a good book that gives the best defense of life beginning at conception and therefore why abortion is wrong read Scott Klusendorf’s book The Case for Life: Equipping Christians to Engage the Culture. I also recommend R. C. Sproul’s republished book Abortion: A Rational Look at an Emotional Issue.

If you are thinking of going to college, going to college for sure or already in college then Thriving at College by Alex Chediak is a must read! Westminster Books is running a great sale on this book for $7.50 for the first copy and $8.99 for every copy after that plus $1.00 for shipping even if you only buy 1 copy!

This is a great resource for parents, youth pastors and college workers to buy for your young people.

This year marks the 400th year anniversary of the King James Bible. There are about 200 extant (existing and known) copies of the original 1611 printings (of which there were several). Recently, a little church in England discovered it has possessed a copy right under its nose for possibly a few hundred years.

You can see a short video and read about the discovery here.

NOTE: Since this is the 400th year anniversary of the KJV, I will be doing a special post highlighting several new books coming out this year in commemoration of the KJV. In addition, I will be listing some older but highly recommended books as well.

I always love a good sale on books and Westminster Books is having a sale on the following titles while supplies last!

1. Think: The Life of the Mind and the Love of God by John Piper for $5.00

2. Baptism: Three Views from IVP for $4.96

3. Holy Subversion: Allegiance to Christ in an Age of Rivals by Trevin Wax for $7.49

There is no doubt that John Piper’s book Desiring God: Meditations of a Christian Hedonist is the book he is most well known for. In celebration of it’s 25th anniversary, Desiring God Ministries is hosting a free live stream round-table discussion of the book with John Piper and other members of Desiring God Ministries. Participants can purchase the book for $5 when they sing up here.

If you have never read the book but always wanted to then this is a great way to get started! If you have already read the book once or twice but always had questions about it then this might be a good way to get some answers from the author himself!

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