Thursday, August 17, 2006

Saturday, August 12, 2006

This Man Went Down to His House Justified

Every once in a while I come across a sermon that really gets to te heart of the mater. This is definitely one of those.
Thank God for John Piper.

This Man Went Down to His House Justified

Friday, August 11, 2006

New Books!

I love to read. I probably read for 3 hours each day and would read more if I could, but that would mean more or less detaching from everything around me. Not good.

Anyway, I have received a new shipment of commentaries. I purchased Grant Osborne's commentary on Revelation (Baker), Darrell Bock's 2 volume set on Luke (Baker), Don Hagner's 2 volume set on Matthew (Word), and Edwards on Marl (Pillar). Added to what I already own (Carson [Matthew and John], Evans [Luke], Lane [also Mark] I'd say I now have the gospels well covered.

I'll offer reviews as time allows.

I am still reading through John and a couple of commentaries on John. Interesting to see how people used to think John was so Greek, but now are coming to think his gospel is the most Jewish.

I am also reading Elmer Martens book on OT Theology called "God's Design". So far, so good.

After this I will probably get to Revelation for the sake of teaching it, since that is always a popular request.

Wednesday, August 02, 2006

At the Well

Sometimes to get the most out of a gospel you have to make comparisons and contrasts within it.

For example, it is instructive to compare and contrast Nicodemus and the Samaritan Woman at the Well.

Nicodemus was a man. The Samaritan was a woman.

Nicodemus was well educated, the Samaritan woman was not.

Nicodemus was powerful among his people. The Samaritan woman was not.

Nicodemus was respected by his people. The Samaritan woman would not have been at the well when she was were she respected. She was likely despised.

Nicodemus was orthodox in his beliefs. The Samaritan woman's beliefs were deficient.

The two characters could hardly be more different. Yet both of them get the same message of salvation.

There is a lesson to be had there.