After a bit of a break, we’re back with some great recommendations!
- Am I a Christian? “The Bible is clear about two things — that salvation must be through grace and faith in Christ, and that God is always fair and just in all his dealings. What it doesn’t directly tell us is exactly how both of those things can be true together. I don’t think it is insurmountable. Just because I can’t see a way doesn’t prove there cannot be any such way. If we have a God big enough to deserve being called God, then we have a God big enough to reconcile both justice and love…p”
- The Whole in Our Holiness (Video): This sermon by Ligon Duncan is just brilliant and a must listen
- The Whole in Our Holiness (Text): This is an adapted transcript of the sermon above. Also very good but seriously listen to that sermon!!! “Often, Christians assume that obedience conditions God’s blessing: “If I obey, God will bless me.” This logic is not in Genesis 1. Obedience does not condition God’s love, but is the sphere in which we enjoy God’s love. Adam and Eve enjoy God by being fruitful, multiplying, and ruling over creation. They experience God’s blessing by being who God created them to be. Adam and Eve were made to find true freedom, fulfillment, and joy as they rightly imaged the Creator“
- A White Evangelical Responds to “Divided by Faith: Evangelical Religion and the Problem of Race in America”: This is a review of the book “Divided by Faith: Evangelical Religion and the Problem of Race in America” by sociologists Michael O. Emerson and Christian Smith. Based on this review I’m looking forward to reading this book. I think that Divided by Faith is remarkably well-written and well-organized. “I found it easy to follow, and I appreciated the variety of information—historical, sociological, personal interviews, etc. In other words, I was never bored. I appreciated that this work was neither a puff piece nor a hit piece, instead seeking balance and honesty, focusing on facts over value judgments…”