Wednesday, March 12, 2014

All Around the Web - March 12, 2014

The Gospel Coalition - You’re Going to Die (and So Might Your Dreams)
One of the problems I have with all the “chase your dreams!” cheerleading from Christian leaders is not because I begrudge anyone wanting to achieve their dreams, but because I don’t think we readily see how easy it is to conflate our dream-chasing with God’s will in Christ.

You know, it’s possible that God’s plan for us is littleness. His plan for us may be personal failure. It’s possible that when another door closes, it’s not because he plans to open a window but because he plans to have the building fall down on you. The question we must ask ourselves is this: Will Christ be enough?

Are we pursuing our own greatness or the expansion of worship of Jesus Christ? They aren’t necessarily incompatible, but God is more interested in the latter than the former. And ultimately, if we prioritize Christ’s glory, we won’t really care in the long run how noticed, renowned, recognized, or “successful” we are personally. We’ll realize that our lives aren’t really about us anyway.
Sometimes we have to let our dreams die.

And that’s okay. We will be okay.

Pastor's Today - 3 Ways Expository Preaching Combats Biblical Illiteracy
1.Expository preaching provides biblical vocabulary.
2. Expository preaching models how to read.
3. Expository preaching constructs a biblical worldview.

Koinonia - My Advice to Students - Grudem Says Seminarians Should Do These 4 Things

Faith and Theology - Essential reading on the parables

1. Interpreting the Parables
Klyne Snodgrass, Stories with Intent: A Comprehensive Guide to the Parables of Jesus (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2008)

Craig Blomberg, Interpreting the Parables (2d ed.; Downers Grove: IVP, 2012)

Richard Longenecker, ed., The Challenge of Jesus' Parables (McMaster New Testament Studies; Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2000)

Kenneth Bailey, Jesus through Middle Eastern Eyes: Cultural Studies in the Gospels (Downers Grove: IVP, 2008)

International Business Times - Underwater Google Street View to Show Life Beneath Australia's Sydney Harbour
Google has launched an ambitious project to map the world underwater, starting with Sydney Harbour in Australia.

Divers have started filming test footage from the bottom of the harbour, as well as the waters beneath Bondi and Manly beaches.

Google expects the underwater scenes to reach at least one billion people, the Sydney Morning Herald reports. Working with the Catlin Seaview Survey, the underwater Street View will show nature, plants and pollution.

Transformers. This Summer.

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