Wednesday, October 26, 2016

From Spurgeon's Pulpit: A Real Gospel Sermon

From his sermon Adorning the Gospel:
"None but Jesus, none but Jesus, Can do helpless sinners good" and, therefore, to this Gospel we must adhere with all our hearts! It is the Doctrine of God our Savior, for He is the substance of it!

Yet again it is the Doctrine of God our Savior because He is the object of it—it all points to Him. If you hear a real Gospel sermon, it directs you to look to Jesus Christ. That teaching which leads you to think of the priest and to think of the church, whatever there may be about them that is good, is not "the doctrine of God our Savior." "To Him give all the Prophets witness," to Him the Gospel continually points and this is the preacher's one cry, "Behold the Lamb of God, which takes away the sin of the world."

All Around the Web - October 26, 2016

Beth Moore - The Scandal of Election 2016

Joe Carter - What You Should Know About the Constitution Party Platform

Chuck Lawless - 10 Warning Signs that Your Pastor’s Getting Burned Out

The Gospel Coalition - On My Shelf: Life and Books with Tim Challies

Eric Metaxas - Chinese Government Urges People to Make Babies

Sam Storms - 10 Things You should Know about Interpreting the Bible

BreakPoint - Remaking Lewis

The Gospel Coalition - Is Your Church Ready for the Future?

Christianity Today - Died: Jack Chick, Cartoonist Whose Controversial Tracts Became Cult Hits

Arc Mag - What I Have Learned From Photographing 400 Towns in Iowa

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Where to Begin: Books for Budding Theologians - Ecclesiology

Where to Begin: Books for Budding Theologians - Introduction to Theology
Where to Begin: Books for Budding Theologians - One-Volume Systematic Theologies
Where to Begin: Books for Budding Theologians - Bibliology
Where to Begin: Books for Budding Theologians - Theology Proper
Where to Begin: Books for Budding Theologians - Christology
Where to Begin: Books for Budding Theologians - Soteriology
Where to Begin: Books for Budding Theologians - Atonement
Where to Begin: Books for Budding Theologians - Ecclesiology

Some time ago I came across a list of 25 theological books composed by Bruce Ashford he believes young theologians should read and invest in. I share my enthusiasm for most on his list and would recommend his post (you can read it here) but felt that for those brand new to the study of theology, many of the writings would be overwhelming and perhaps not the best place to start. For example, Augustine's City of God is a classic but is also an academic work that is over 1,000 pages with a unique historic context. I would not recommend a new theologian to begin there.

With that in mind, I want to compose my list of books for young theologians in various categories of theology of mostly modern books for young, budding theologians that I believe may be easier to understand. They are not classics, but I do believe they will be helpful resources to sink your teeth into.

In this eighth installment, here is a list of helpful ecclesiastical books.
From my experience, the best place for works on ecclesiology is 9Marks. Before taking the full plunge though, one must know up front that 9Marks is very Calvinistic and believes in congregationalism, baptism by emersion, and elder rule. Nevertheless, they continue to offer some of the best material on the church and have done so for years.

All Around the Web - October 25, 2016

Russell Moore - Signposts: How to Talk to Children About Their Adoption Story

WORLD - Six factors in overturning Roe v. Wade

AP - Attacks on the internet keep getting bigger and nastier

Erik Raymond - That Sunday Morning My Sermon Notes Disappeared

Chuck Lawless - 10 Things to Say to Your Pastor This Weekend

Thom Rainer - Six Reasons Congregational Singing Is Waning

Desiring God - Why Christians Love Books

the Gospel Coalition - 3 Ways to Respond When Slandered

Telegraph - Christian bakers lose pro-gay marriage cake discrimination ruling challenge

Babylon Bee - Unrepentant Hedonist Really Banking On Sinner’s Prayer He Recited At Age 7