Monday, June 23, 2008

Recapturing the center

The Gospel Coalition is a network of leaders and ministries that seek to recapture the center of evangelicalism. "Evangelicalism" has become so broad, so diverse, so scattered, that some feel the term does not mean anything anymore.

Charismatics and their leaders ("apostles") to this side, Rick Warren and friends over there, Willowcreek and the seeker sensitive here, the emergent church to this side, and so on.

The Gospel Coalition seeks to state clearly, and provide resources for, churches who want to remain faithful to the historic gospel and to biblical exposition. Many resources, including videos, will be made available for free. They have a special ministry to university communities, as well.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Apostasy and Melchizedek

Spent a lot of time today on the warning passages of Hebrews, specifically chapter 6. Not hypothetical, not empty warnings. Thinking through who is being addressed and what the nature of apostasy is.

Melchizedek is only mentioned three times, each a thousand years apart: Gen 14, Psalm 110, and Hebrews. One of the most helpful parts of this class is a thorough examination of the author's use of Old Testament passages in the New. Most valuable!

Am convinced of the need of taking more time to read and study in the original languages, something that has waned a bit for me over the past few years. I'm so thankful for DTS's emphasis on language and exegesis, and don't want to lose those resources.

Monday, June 16, 2008

This afternoon in Hebrews 1

Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed the heir of all things, through whom also he created the world. He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, and he upholds the universe by the word of his power. After making purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, having become as much superior to angels as the name he has inherited is more excellent than theirs. For to which of the angels did God ever say, "You are my Son, today I have begotten you"? Or again, "I will be to him a father, and he shall be to me a son"? (Hebrews 1:1-5)

We spent most of the afternoon in this one passage. Wow, there is so much here...

Info on D A Carson. More links here.

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Our friend the stingray


A school of these beautiful creatures decided to feed where we were swimming. They're not agressive but we decided to give them room to swim about.