Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Reformation Day Resources

To commemorate Reformation Day, some great resources are being offered up for free -- just for today!

One of my favorite short reads this past year, The Joy of Calvinism by Greg Forster, is available from Crossway books in pdf, epub, and mobi formats. If for no other reason, download and read the front matter of the book, in particular: Detour: Five Points about Calvinism.

In addition, Ligonier is offering free downloads of the MP3s and video files for R. C. Sproul’s 10-lesson series on Luther and the Reformation, along with a Study Guide (PDF). I've not yet read or listened to this series, so I'll be looking forward to it for sure!

Have a blessed Reformation Day!!
http://www.ligonier.org/blog/reformation-day-free-download-rc-sprouls-luther-and-reformation/

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

The King's Promise

At the White Horse Inn, Dr. Michael Horton writes about the presidential election and the cycle of fear that many will experience over the next couple of weeks. His article is reassuring and full of promise.
And here is an excerpt from the middle of the article that sort of cut to the quick:
"Since George Washington we’ve been electing presidents with dubious confessional credentials, including a string of deists, Unitarians, and agnostics who nevertheless invoked the Unknown God for the American cause. The real question is not whether Americans generally will elect a non-Christian, but whether churches will redefine Christianity as a surrogate of civil religion. Judging at least by public profession, our next president will once again not be an orthodox Christian. That’s not a tragedy. The real tragedy is quasi-apocalyptic and eschatological claims that are made in churches on the left and the right that create a cycle of false hopes and false fears. The official name for this is idolatry. Who is Lord, Christ or Caesar? Churches and Christian leaders often send mixed signals on that one, especially at election time"
Read the entire piece here>>>

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Systematic Theology as a Biblical Discipline

Systematic Theology as a Biblical Discipline (ht: Michael Bird @ Evanglion)
Excellent academic read from Michael Williams, “Systematic Theology as a Biblical Discipline,” in All for Jesus: A Celebration of the 50th Annivesary of Covenant Theological Seminary, eds. R.A. Paterson and S.M. Lucas (Fearn, Ross Shire: Christian Focus, 2005), 167-96. Very much appreciating the Vosian approach to the subject as I dig deeper into systematic theology!

Direct link:Systematic Theology as a Biblical Discipline,