I don’t normally post promotions but these are too good not to share.
For Christmas this year Logos – the Bible software I use – is giving away:
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- Gold Library (worth $1500) and a MacBook Air.
If you aren’t familiar with Logos, it’s one of the big three Bible software companies (the other two being Accordance and Bible Works). It has tons of search features and is a really helpful tool for studying God’s word.
For a video overview of the software follow this link. This is an incredible deal so I urge you to take advantage of it!
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Last month I accidentally listed September’s links as October. Today, here are October’s real links.
This is the most important article this month. It’s well worth your time.
Not a discussion of beverages. Nick Batzig asks the question: What did Jesus mean when he said he would drink “this cup”? (Matt 26:39) The Bible is pretty specific about that language and this is an important article when thinking about penal substitution.
This is a great quote from G.K. Beale about Christian obedience:
“The basis of Paul issuing commands to people is that such people have the ability to obey the commands because they have been raised from the dead, are regenerated, and are new creatures who have the power to obey.”
David Murray distils 8 principles from Calvin on preaching Christ from the OT. Click through to read details about each one. This is worth bookmarking: Continue reading
This isn’t new this month but I don’t think I’ve ever linked to it. It’s a treasure trove of gospel-centered resources specifically pertaining to the Old Testament.
Also in response to the PCUSA decision to deny penal substitution Mike Wittmer writes about what makes a “full” atonement. He says, “the cross is aimed…
- Downward, toward Satan
- Upward, toward God
- Sideways, toward us
If this sounds familiar to you it’s because you’ve read the expansive gospel or theories of atonement series.
David Murray asks five things of Noah’s Ark to determine if it’s a legitimate type:
- Is the type real?
- Is the type explicit or implied?
- What was the type intended to teach the original audience?
- How did an Old Testament believer use or relate to the type by faith?
- What are the essential resemblances?
Pay special attention to number 4. This isn’t how we normally read the Old Testament but it’s really important that we do.
In the end, Noah’s ark isn’t a type of the cross, but it’s still a type of redemption because it points to baptism.
Three of the resources David Murray has curated for this list are links to Armchair theology!
Also this month from Murray is Top 50 Books on Christ in the Old Testament and his 27-Part Preaching Christ from the Old Testament. Continue reading
This month’s gospel centered links roundup is a bit late. We just moved to seminary and things have been quite hectic.
The “problem of evil” – why would a good God allow suffering – is a perennial topic. Trevin Wax looks at 1 Pet 1:12 and wonders:
There’s something more beautiful about redemption than innocence.
Maybe that’s why evil exists – so that we could be redeemed from it to the glory of God. The gospel is more glorious than evil is awful.
I actually began writing an extended essay on this very topic – from this same verse and making this same argument – called Created for Rescue and verse a while back. I might finish it and release it as an e-book if anyone’s interested. Let me know in the comments.
Luke Geraty quotes John Sailhamer:
The purpose of the Pentateuch is not to teach a life of obedience to the law given to Moses at Sinai, but to be a narrative admonition to be like Abraham, who did not live under the law and yet fulfilled the law through a life of faith.
David Murray looks at portions of the OT and demonstrates how the “main idea” of each book is connected to redemption and faith in God.
Jared Wilson looks at Mark 12:18-27 and how Jesus teaches the Sadducees how to read the Bible. Their interpretation of the Old Testament is missing one key ingredient:
They’ve got all the old covenant data, but they don’t know how to read it. Christ’s work – his life, death, and resurrection – inserts new variables into all of our equations. The Pharisees and Sadducees kept forgetting to account for Jesus! They are trying to solve these riddles with the simple math of the law when Jesus is doing the advanced calculus of the gospel.
Sorry folks, I put a bad link in the Jesus on Every Page giveaway announcement.
If you’re an email or RSS subscriber please click through to the comments section of the original post to submit your entry.
Here’s a reminder of what you need to do:
Here’s your chance to win a copy. But you’re going to have to convince me that you’ll use it well. What better way than for you to put it into practice?
First: Read this short excerpt from the book on typology.
One of the most common mistakes in typology is to immediately fast-forward to the fulfillment to help us understand the type. We must remember that the original audience did not have the fulfillment to help them. We must initially try to consider the type in isolation from the later revelation by asking, what was this type designed to teach the original audience in the original setting? We must try to take the point of view of the original hearers and ask how the type was designed to minister to their needs and edify their souls.
Second: Read the Passover narrative – Exodus 12.
Third: Explain in the comments (email and RSS readers please click through to the article’s comment section) how we could be tempted “to immediately fast-forward to the fulfillment” and how we can gain more insight by “asking what was this type designed to teach the original audience in the original setting?”
Have your answers in by noon on Wednesday, August 28 when Dr. Murray himself will judge the best answer and send a copy your way!
Ever since I reviewed How Sermons Work I’ve been waiting for David Murray’s follow-up book. I asked him for a review copy of Jesus on Every Page and he graciously obliged.
And at the end of the review you’ll have the opportunity to win a free copy of the book!
The short review: If you subscribe to this website or are otherwise committed to gospel-centered preaching, you’ll want a copy of this book.
Here are some more detailed thoughts: Continue reading
Nick Batzig is at it again. This is one of the best articles I’ve ever read on typology. It has tons of resources and examples.
Sally Lloyd-Jones teaches us how to teach the Bible, that is, to teach Jesus.
When I go to churches and speak to children, I often start by asking them two questions:
First, How many people here sometimes think you have to be good for God to love you? They tentatively raise their hands. I raise my hand along with them.
And second, How many people here sometimes think that if you aren’t good, God will stop loving you? Almost without fail they raise their hands.
These children think they have to keep the rules or God won’t love them. They think if they mess up God will stop loving them. These children are in Sunday schools. They know all their Bible stories. And they have missed what the Bible is all about.
Tim Challies absolutely crushes it. A sample:
Consider that the one who binds the devils in chains would be tempted by Satan; that he, who owns the world, and everything in it, would hunger and thirst; that the God of strength would be weary, the Judge of all flesh condemned, the God of life put to death; that he who is one with his Father would cry out of misery, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”; that he who holds the keys of hell and death would lie dead in a borrowed tomb, having in his lifetime nowhere to lay his head, and having after death nowhere to lay his body.
Further Reading: How to Use the Gospel to Kill Sin Continue reading