June 2, 2010

Free Book!

My friend, Mike, is giving away a free copy of a book called The Trellis and the Vine over at his blog:
http://fbcnewlondon.blogspot.com/2010/06/how-to-win-best-book-on-nature-of.html

May 4, 2010

Baptist Catechism - Question 8

Q. What is God?

A. God is Spirit - infinite, eternal, and unchangeable, in His being, widsdom, power, holiness righteousness, goodness, and truth.

R. John 4:24; Psalm 89:14; 90:2; 147:5; James 1:17; Revelation 4:8; Exodus 34:6, 7; 1 Timothy 1:17; Numbers 23:19.


May 3, 2010

Baptist Catechism - Question 8

Q. What is God?

A. God is a Spirit – infinite, eternal, and unchangeable, in His being, widsdom, power, holiness righteousness, goodness, and truth.

R. John 4:24; Psalm 89:14; 90:2; 147:5; James 1:17; Revelation 4:8; Exodus 34:6, 7; 1 Timothy 1:17; Numbers 23:19.




April 27, 2010

Faith in Jesus Christ or the the Faith/Faithfulness of Jesus Christ

Lately, I have been doing some reading in the NET bible. Yesterday, I was reading in Romans 3:21-26 as I was reading expositions of that same passage by Daniel B. Wallace [What Does it Mean to be Justified? A Brief exposition of Romans 3:21-26 ( Part 1 | Part 2)] and D. A. Carson [ Atonement in Romans 3:21-26]. As I was reading the passage, I noticed an interesting translational choice that the NET makes:

ESV

NET

21 But now the righteousness of God has been manifested apart from the law, although the Law and the Prophets bear witness to it— 22 the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ2324 and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, 2526 It was to show his righteousness at the present time, so that he might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus. for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, for all who believe. For there is no distinction: whom God put forward as a propitiation by his blood, to be received by faith. This was to show God's righteousness, because in his divine forbearance he had passed over former sins.

21 But now apart from the law the righteousness of God (which is attested by the law and the prophets) has been disclosed - 22 namely, the righteousness of God through the faithfulness of Jesus Christ for all who believe. For there is no distinction, 23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. 2425 God publicly displayed him at his death as the mercy seat accessible through faith. This was to demonstrate his righteousness, because God in his forbearance had passed over the sins previously committed. 26Jesus' faithfulness. But they are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus. This was also to demonstrate his righteousness in the present time, so that he would be just and the justifier of the one who lives because of



Today, while I was reading in Galatians 2, I noticed the same thing in verse 16:

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NET

16 yet we know that a person is not justified by works of the law but through faith in Jesus Christ, so we also have believed in Christ Jesus, in order to be justified by faith in Christ and not by works of the law, because by works of the law no one will be justified.

16 yet we know that no one is justified by the works of the law but by the faithfulness of Jesus Christ. And we have come to believe in Christ Jesus, so that we may be justified by the faithfulness of Christ and not by the works of the law, because by the works of the law no one will be justified.




Do you see the difference? In the ESV (and most other English translations) it reads faith in Jesus Christ, while in the NET it reads the faithfulness of Jesus Christ. Both are a rendering of the same Greek phrase – πίστεως Ἰησοῦ Χριστοῦ ( pisteōs Iēsou Christou) . The difference is that the ESV (and most other English translations) takes this as objective genitive and the NET takes the genitive as subjective. In layman's terms, the traditional interpretation of this passage takes Jesus as the object of faith (i.e. faith in Christ), while the other means that Jesus is the subject of faith (i.e. Jesus' faith/faithfulness).

My question, for those of you that are knowledgeable about such things, is what do you think? What do you take it as and why?

March 18, 2010

The Importance of Theology

Joshua Harris is not an author that I have not read anything from. However, everything that I have heard about his writings is excellent. He is the author of I Kissed Dating Goodbye, Stop Dating the Church!: Fall in Love with the Family of God , Boy Meets Girl: Say Hello to Courtship, and Sex Is Not the Problem (Lust Is): Sexual Purity in a Lust-Saturated World. This past January he came out with a new book, Dug Down Deep: Unearthing What I Believe and Why It Matters. Below is a trailer for the book, telling us why theology is so important:



DugDownDeep_Carnahan.mov from Covenant Life Church on Vimeo.


March 13, 2010

The Gospel Survey

I am working on a writing project and would appreciate as much input from the survey below as possible.

The Gospel Survey

Book Recommendation - "Scandalous" by D. A. Carson


Last year about this time, there was a small event at Mars Hill Church - in Seattle, Washington – featuring the teaching and preaching of one of my modern day heroes – Dr. D. A. Carson. This event was called “ A Day with Dr. Don.” The teaching of this two day event focused around, no surprise here, the cross. The content of that event has now been turned into a book, published by re:lit, called “ Scandalous: The Cross and Resurrection of Jesus”.


If you are interested in watching the accompanying videos, you can follow the link above to the original page, or you can can watch the embedded videos below.






http://theresurgence.com/a-day-with-dr-don-session-1-video



http://theresurgence.com/a-day-with-dr-don-session-2-video



http://theresurgence.com/a-day-with-dr-don-session-3-video



http://theresurgence.com/a-day-with-dr-don-session-4-video



http://theresurgence.com/a-day-with-dr-don-session-5-video

March 3, 2010

Matt Chandler Unpacking the Gospel from Colossians 1:13-23

Wow, it has been six months since I posted last here on my blog. Here are some of the reasons for it: 1) part of that time I was taking classes at Hannibal-LaGrange College to try and finish my Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies; 2) I have been lacking in gainful employment for 14 months now, so I just don't have much to write about; and 3) I have been in a spiritual slump, the depths of which only God knows. However, by God's grace, I am starting to come back to myself (sort of).

As my first post back, I wanted to share a video that I watched yesterday. As the title of this blog post indicates, it is Pastor Matt Chandler, of the Village (in Dallas, TX), preaching the gospel from Colossians 1:13-23. I really appreciated it because he showed the Gospel from two perspectives, what he calls the Gospel on the ground and the Gospel in the sky, but I'll let him explain that:

Matt Chandler - 20/20 2010 Session 1 from Southeastern Seminary on Vimeo.

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