Posts from October 2013

Canaanization: Israel’s Problem and Ours

By Kenneth Way Oct. 28, 2013 8:29 a.m. Biblical Exposition, Church Life, Ministry and Leadership, Old Testament, Spiritual Formation, Theology

I recently completed a manuscript on the book of Judges for Baker’s Teach the Text Commentary Series.  It took me about three and a half years to write the short text, and I want to share just a few highlights from what I learned during my study.


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I Ran Across A Wedding Today

By Joe Hellerman Oct. 24, 2013 2:28 p.m. Church Life, Culture, Ethics, Marriage and Family

Literally. This morning I was jogging on the beach and came across four people: (1) a minister, (2)  photographer, (3) a young man in a tux, and (4) a young lady in a wedding dress. I think the ceremony had just ended, because they were signing the marriage license as I ran by. What was sad was that there was not another person in sight.

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The Secret to C.S. Lewis' Success

By Thaddeus Williams Oct. 23, 2013 4:48 p.m. Apologetics, Ministry and Leadership, Spiritual Formation, Theology

I recently watched a disturbing video. A camera caught the head of a certain political organization; we’ll call him Lucius, attempting to convince a packed auditorium about the reality of moral law. Specifically, Lucius appealed to a real moral law above and beyond culture to argue against a right to homosexual marriage. What struck me most was less of what he said and more how he said it. Lucius taunted the crowd relentlessly, hurling insults like hand grenades. People often argue against moral reality by appealing to moral reality (e.g., there can’t be absolutes because look at out how absolutely wrong the crusades and inquisitions were!). But there is an equal and opposite inconsistency, namely, arguing for moral reality while breaking the very morality we are defending (e.g., real morals like ‘love your neighbor’ exist, you ignoramus!). In other words, Lucius’ problem was that he did not argue his worldview as if his worldview were actually true. No matter what he said, the way in which he said it made it seem like morals like love and respect were not to be taken seriously after all. The medium refuted the message.

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Ecclesiastes and Song of Songs: An Interview With Ed Curtis

Oct. 23, 2013 12:00 p.m. Old Testament

Ed Curtis, professor of biblical and theological studies at Talbot, just released the new book, Ecclesiastes and Song of Songs (Teach the Text Commentary Series). He kindly took some time to answer a few questions about the book.

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Commentary Review: The Letter of James (NICNT) by Scot McKnight

By Darian Lockett Oct. 22, 2013 1:37 p.m. Biblical Exposition, New Testament, Theology

After thirty-five years of service, James Adamson’s NICNT commentary on the Epistle of James has received a much-needed update by Scot McKnight. McKnight’s contribution to the series significantly expands on its predecessor volume—being more than twice its size—which is due, in part, to the mounting scholarship on James appearing since its 1976 publication date.

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How to Invite and Host a Guest Speaker for a Retreat, Part One

By Ben Shin Oct. 16, 2013 8:05 a.m. Church Life, Ministry and Leadership

Being a retreat speaker can be an enjoyable time but can also be a challenging time. The difference maker for which outcome occurs is largely dependent on the host for the speaker. Over the years, as both a speaker and also as a host, I’ve seen some excellent treatment of speakers and also some situations that could use a lot of improvement. This will be a 2 part series of blogs in which I hope to highlight some ways to invite and host a guest speaker in which he would feel very well taken care of throughout the whole process. In this first part of the series, I will focus on how to invite a guest speaker to a retreat.

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Are you busy?

By Dave Talley Oct. 16, 2013 12:37 a.m. Church Life, Culture, Ministry and Leadership

This is a review of book that you might find helpful: Crazy Busy by Kevin DeYoung.

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