1. Last day at New Room.

     

  2. Quite the ad, Canon.

     
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  3. 10 Theo Tweets You Missed This Week (9.12.14)

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  4. "

    I don’t have any advice [for younger writers]. You are asking me to live in an era other than the one that formed me. But I will tell you this: An editor in New York told me the other day that, even as the reading audience for serious prose has diminished, the unsolicited manuscripts she receives are better than ever. Even while I think we are leaving the splendid Victorian age of serious popular literature—novels and poetry—we may be entering the Elizabethan Age, when few in London read, but there was an intensity of thought and beauty to the prose, and the poetry, and, of course, the plays.

    Religion still reveres the book—just visit a yeshiva if you want to see devotion to the weight of the holy word. But in our secular lives the digital revolution seems to have eroded the great age of the middle-class reader. And without readers what are we? Half-writers whose sentences are never completed by the stranger’s eyes.

    I tell young writers not to give a single sentence away. Charge for every noun! Beyond the matter of strategy, the question really is whether our society needs complicated thought or expressions of beauty that reveal themselves only slowly and with difficulty. The question is whether a civilization can forget the pleasure of difficult, beautiful writing so thoroughly as to ignore its loss.

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    — Richard Rodriguez (via ayjay)

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  5. We had a perfect view off our balcony of a parachuting/sailing company off the mountain. We would wake up to coffee, good company, and people coming down the mountain. In this picture, a hawk kept circling this pair. I suppose it felt threatened at some point.

     

  6. Amazing

     
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  7. Grant Teton as seen from a road descending National Elk Refuge. My favorite part of the image is the fly that somehow managed to be in the right place at the right time. I decided to leave the booger in there.

     

  8. My Top 10 Books that Influenced Me

    Here are the top 10 books that influenced me (not necessarily my favorite books). I know, it’s a little Bible-theology heavy, and I do lament the absence of fiction. Also, there aren’t many classics in here. Maybe after I finish graduate school I can turn my attention to this!

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    1) The Bible. Why should this book be exempt? It’s true! I grew up reading Bible stories and in my teen years fell in love with the Jesus of the Gospels and the God that Paul proclaimed.

    2) Jesus According to Scripture by Darrell Bock. During my faith-crisis stage, the introduction in this book helped re-ignite my trust in the reliability of Scripture, even if it meant shedding certain wooden approaches to solving contradictions and historical problems. Reading this also coincided with my call to ministry.

    3) The Divine Conspiracy by Dallas Willard. I was fortunate enough to be introduced to this work early in my walk—in 9th grade to be exact! Sure, it was tough to wade through in that teenage Sunday School class, but it helped lay an important foundation that moved past the gospel of “sin management.”

    4) The Pursuit of God by A. W. Tozer. This is a book I come back to every couple of years. It’s where I go when I need to be reminded that what matters most should matter most to me—God. It’s a spiritual classic I commend to anyone.

    5) The Cambridge Companion to St. Paul. This book introduced me to higher critical issues concerning the apostle Paul. Most entries weren’t written by evangelicals, but the closing chapter by Ben Witherington rounded things up nicely and squarely.

    6) A Concise Introduction to Logic by Patrick J. Hurley. I’ve taken several courses in logic, but this textbook in particular is well written and its content has remained with me in a profound way. I believe one logic or critical thinking course should be required of all seminary students. Really, I believe one logic course should be part of high school curriculum.

    7) Beyond Foundationalism by Stanley Grenz and John Franke. This book helped me shake off my aversion to postmodern theory, and I’ve generally come to accept its thesis. But I’ve since come to appreciate some of analytic philosophy’s critiques of the continental tradition.

    8) Grasping God’s Word by J. Scott Duvall and J. Daniel Hays. This book was used in my undergrad and helped me learn and appreciate the historical-grammatical approach to understanding the Bible. That means we try to understand a passage’s meaning by looking at the grammatical composition and the historical context of the passage in question. I think getting this skill right is important before venturing out into theological, allegorical, or other forms of interpretation.

    9) Paul in Fresh Perspective by N. T. Wright. How could a top 10 list of a biblical studies major be complete without a little Wright? This is one of the first books I read by Wright and it opened my eyes to reading Paul in an new way, especially being attuned to the inseparable relationship between the church and what God means by salvation.

    10) The Paul Quest by Ben Witherington III. This book helped launch me into an awareness of the church’s first-century context, especially the Greco-Roman side. Ben does a great job of re-constructing Paul’s world in a way that sheds light on much of the biblical text. The chapter summaries at the beginning of each chapter are excellent, by the way.

     

  9. "Experience the power of a bookbook."

     
     

  10. 10 Theo Tweets You Missed This Week (9.05.14)

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  12. The Gospel of Matthew is one of the most important books of the Bible. Many great New Testament verses are memorized using the Matthean version. This Gospel also bridges the two testaments. Dr. David Bauer presents a survey of the Gospel—one that will be helpful to use in preparing for Bible study or sermon preparation.

     
     

  13. 10 Theo Tweets You Missed This Week (8.28.14)

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  14. "While atheism is the lack of belief in any god, anti-theism [read, New Atheism] means actively seeking out the worst aspects of faith in god and portraying them as representative of all religion. Anti-theism seeks to shame and embarrass people away from religion, browbeating them out of stupidity of belief in a bellicose god."
    — Greg Epstein
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  15. Does Romans 9-11 Teach Calvinist Predestination?

    In these few chapters of Paul’s letter to the Romans, Ben Witherington explains that Paul’s aim is to refute certain assumptions that the Gentiles in Rome appear to have believed. Namely, Roman Christians assumed that God now favored the Romans, or Gentiles, rather than the Jews (read more about the church at Rome here). The argument as a whole in Rom. 9-11 then is about corporate election, not individual election.

    What about the issues of predestination and salvation, and how do they relate to election? Ben Witherington reminds us that these terms should not be conflated—they each have different meanings. First, you can be part of an elect group and not be saved. That’s because election is about God calling a specific people for specific tasks on earth. For example, Cyrus was God’s anointed servant to release Israel from captivity, but he was a pagan and not saved (Isa. 45:1). Also, although God foreknew Israel corporately, not all were necessarily saved. Only two among God’s elect from Egypt made it to Canaan after wandering the desert.

    So does Romans 9-11 teach Calvinist predestination? The point seems to be a different one. It is about not boasting in your status before God, because ultimately, your behavior will affect your standing before God. As Ben Witherington likes to say, “You’re not eternally secure until your securely in eternity.” Indeed, if God has grafted in the Gentiles because of Israel’s failure, should the Gentiles fail, they too can be broken off (Rom. 11:11-24).