Tuesday, April 22, 2014

All Around the Web - April 22, 2014

Trevin Wax - The Multifaceted Diamond of Christ’s Atoning Work
The atonement is like a multi-faceted diamond. What Christ accomplished on the cross is so massive, and the window into the heart of God is so big that no one explanation or description of the atonement can tell the whole story.

Because the atonement is at the heart of who God is and what he has done for us, we can never fully exhaust the riches that flow from this event. But recognizing our inability to mine all the theological treasures represented in the cross of Christ should not keep us from pondering the beautiful truth of this event.

In recent weeks, guest contributors have written about the different aspects of Christ’s atoning work. Here is a summary of their posts, with links for you to dig deeper into the significance of each truth.

Eric Metaxas - People of the Resurrection
Now I want to talk to you about what comes next: life as the people of the resurrection.

From the start, the bodily resurrection of Jesus was seen by his followers as much more than just what happens to us after we die. It was, in a sense, a second creation. In raising Jesus from the dead, God demonstrated His intent to set the world aright and do for the entirety of creation what He had done for His son.

This belief is why the Gospel of John begins with the words “in the beginning,” a reference to Genesis 1, and then prefaces its account of the resurrection with, “now on the first day of the week.” John wasn’t saying that our Lord rose on a Sunday (although He did)—John was emphasizing that the new creation had begun.

And we are to have an active role in that new creation. In his book, “Surprised By Hope,” N.T. Wright tells us that, as a result of Jesus’ resurrection and ours, “what you do with your body in the present matters because God has a great future in store for it . . .” What we “do in the present,” whether it’s “painting,” “preaching,” “building hospitals,” “campaigning for justice,” caring for the needy” or simply “loving your neighbor as yourself—will last into God's future.”

Jason Allen - Inerrancy Panel Discussion with Judge Paul Pressler and Dr. Paige Patterson

Inerrancy Panel Discussion with Judge Paul Pressler and Dr. Paige Patterson from MBTS on Vimeo.

The Gospel Coalition - On My Shelf: Life and Books with Matt Chandler
What are some books you regularly re-read and why?
The first two books put the immensity of God in front of me. They are like a warm blanket to my soul. Lewis's Chronicles have always had a deep effect on my emotions. They profoundly stir my affections for God.

What books have most profoundly shaped how you serve and lead others for the sake of the gospel?

The Christian Ministry by Charles Bridges and Biblical Eldership by Alexander Strauch have helped shape how I lead and serve others.

What biographies or autobiographies have most influenced you and why?

Bonhoeffer and Amazing Grace by Eric Metaxas as well as The Last Lion series on Winston Churchill are my favorite biographies. In each of the them there are extreme peaks and valleys wrapped into fights that were worth having and wouldn't be cheap to win. I need to be reminded of that truth often.

Rolling Stone - Blake Griffin Dishes on Bieber, Weed, Creed and His PED Secret
You were home-schooled until the seventh grade. Are you Team Creationism or Team Evolution?
I was raised in a Christian household and went to a Christian high school, so I believe in creationisim, for sure.

So you think the Earth is only 6,000 years old?
I don't want to do the math, but somewhere around there. 

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