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Theology DVD Series

The Shepherds’ Conference is going on this week at Grace Community Church, and with it is a deal on an excellent church resource.  Purchase the entire DVD series for $995, regularly $4200 with this link.  Here is what you will be getting:

Theology I
Dr. Andy Snider
A study of the essence of systematic theology and God the Father
24 DVDs Regularly $900
Theology II
Dr. Trevor Craigen
A study of the person and work of Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit, and angels.
24 DVDs Regularly $900
Theology III
Dr. Trevor Craigen
A study of man, sin, and salvation.
26 DVDs Regularly $1200
Theology IV
Dr. Larry Pettegrew
A study of the church, biblical covenants, and the end times.
26 DVDs Regularly $1200

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Are evangelicals overcommitted to the Bible?  J.P. Moreland asserted at the ETS conference that it is true, and his paper is available online to be downloaded and reviewed.  You can find it here, entitled How Evangelicals Became Overcommitted to the Bible and What Can Be Done about It.

HT: Christianity Today and Justin Taylor

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Pietism and Deism in America

An interesting duality has set into the religious life of the United States such that most Christian denominations and the grassroots Christian spirituality of most people are strongly pietistic in flavor, while the public religions of politicians and government officials is marked by Deism.  The very same people who speak publicly in cool, rational tones about God’s blessing on America without any mention of Jesus Christ or sin or salvation often revel in experiential religion in their private lives and churches.  One late-twentieth0century United States president of strongly pietistic, evangelical leanings attempted to inject some of that language into his public life and was almost universally criticized for it.  On the other hand, another presidential candidate of the 1980s may have lost the election in part for lack of any evidence of belief in God or spirituality.  The ethos of the United States is deeply influenced by both Deism and Pietism.  A politician who is not at least a deist is rejected.  A  politician who is too publicly pietistic is criticized.

Roger Olson, The Story of Christian Theology, 531

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Hard and Soft Legalism

They appear to be thinking only in terms of hard legalism, which is the notion that either your works bribe God or that they are self-produced by your own effort. But, as you flesh it out, hard legalism does not exhaust the definition of legalism.

There is also soft legalism, which is the belief that your God-empowered obedience justifies you before God, or that you ‘become saved’ by faith but ‘remain saved’ by God-produced works (which includes the idea that final justification is based on obedience). In fact, Sanders acknowledged that the first century Jews believed that they got into the covenant by grace but ‘stayed in’ by works. But he failed to realize that this is legalism. The new perspective—and those taking their initial cues from it—typically conflate legalism and Pelagianism, seeming to think that because they (or the first century Jews) are not Pelagians, they therefore cannot be legalists. It needs to be made crystal-clear that these are distinct issues. You can utterly reject Pelagianism and yet be a legalist. You can be a Calvinist legalist, an Augustinian legalist, a believing-in-grace-empowered-works legalist. . . . This is perhaps the central issue of the debate and is probably a big part of the reason that they are going wrong. The essence of legalism is the belief that our right standing with God is based on, comes by means of, or is sustained by our works—regardless of whether those works are self-produced (hard legalism) or whether they are completely produced by God’s grace in us (soft legalism).

(Matt Perman, cited in John Piper, The Future of Justification (p. 152).

HT: Adrian Warnock

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I remember having a conversation a while back in which I offended someone, and then tried to explain why it was unreasonable that they were offended.  Let’s just say it didn’t fly.  That’s exactly what I thought of when I read the transcript of Ann Coulter on Donny Deutsch’s The Big Idea.  Well, read for yourself:

DEUTSCH: That there would be a bigger difference between the rich and the poor, a lot of other — tell me what — why this would be a better world? Let’s give you — I’m going to give you — say this is your show.

COULTER: Well, OK, take the Republican National Convention. People were happy. They’re Christian. They’re tolerant. They defend America, they —

DEUTSCH: Christian — so we should be Christian? It would be better if we were all Christian?


DEUTSCH: We should all be Christian?

COULTER: Yes. Would you like to come to church with me, Donny?

DEUTSCH: So I should not be a Jew, I should be a Christian, and this would be a better place?

COULTER: Well, you could be a practicing Jew, but you’re not.

DEUTSCH: I actually am. That’s not true. I really am. But — so we would be better if we were — if people — if there were no Jews, no Buddhists —

and later:


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Book Sales!

Ligonier is commemorating Reformation Day this Wednesday by offering their Reformation Study Bible for $15.17.

Meanwhile, WTS Books decided to put on one last sale of their staff-recommended books, special pricing ending Friday Nov. 2nd:

Pierced for Our Transgressions: Rediscovering the Glory of Penal Substitution
Jeffery, Ovey, & Sach (foreword by John Piper) $25.00 $15.00 (Intro price – 1 week only!)


Jim Weidenaar’s Picks

When Sinners Say “I Do”: Discovering the Power of the Gospel for Marriage (Paperback) by Harvey, Dave
$13.95 $6.98!

Shepherding a Child’s Heart, Revised and Updated by Tripp, Tedd
$13.95 $6.98!

Resurrection and Redemption: A Study in Paul’s Soteriology (Paperback) by Gaffin, Richard B.,
$11.99 $6.00!

The Jesus Storybook Bible: Every Story Whispers His Name (Hardcover) by Lloyd-Jones, Sally
$16.99 $8.50!

Randall Pederson’s Picks

Quest for Godliness: The Puritan Vision of the Christian Life by Packer, J. I.
$25.00 $12.50!

Meet the Puritans: With A Guide to Modern Reprints (Hardcover) by Beeke, Joel R. and Randall J. Pederson
$35.00 $17.50!

Devoted Life: An Invitation to the Puritan Classics by Kapic, Kelly M.
$19.00 $9.50!

Mark Traphagen’s Picks

Gospel-Centered Hermeneutics: Foundations and Principles of Evangelical Biblical Interpretation (Hardcover) by Goldsworthy, Graeme
$25.00 $12.50!

The Mission of God: Unlocking the Bible’s Grand Narrative (Hardcover) by Wright, Christopher J. H.
$38.00 $19.00!

By Faith, Not by Sight: Paul and the Order of Salvation (Oakhill School of Theology Series) by Gaffin, Richard B.
$16.99 $8.50!

God’s Big Picture: Tracing the Storyline of the Bible (Paperback) by Roberts, Vaughan
$12.00 $6.00!

Micah Bickford’s Picks Chun Lai’s Pick

Heaven on Earth: Capturing Jonathan Edwards’s Vision of Living in Between by Nichols, Stephen J.
$12.99 $6.50!

Christian Life: A Doctrinal Introduction by Ferguson, Sinclair B.
$10.00 $5.00!

Daniel Willson’s Picks

Exegetical Fallacies by Carson, D. A.
$15.99 $8.00!

Why Does It Have to Hurt? The Meaning of Christian Suffering by McCartney, Dan G.
$9.99 $5.00!

Competent to Counsel? The History of a Conservative Protestant Biblical Counseling Movement (Bound Manuscript) by Powlison, David A.
$69.95 $34.98!

Jeffrey Shamess’ Pick Janice Mason’s Pick

Christian Ministry by Bridges, Charles
$32.00 $16.00!

The Big Picture Story Bible (Hardcover) by Helm, David
$22.99 $11.50!

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Joe Thorn shares with us his six rules (be sure to see his post for the entire text):

What do people mean when they say “cultural engagement?” That phrase is often spurned as if it means thoughtless syncretism between the church and culture. In my reading it rarely means that. It is certainly not what I mean. I am a fan of that three-fold approach to engaging culture: reject what is evil, receive what is good, and redeem what is broken/lost.

6 Rules of Cultural Engagement

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