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Jesus is Yahweh

At Crux yesterday I met a guy who was interested in researching the Trinity and Jesus’ divinity. He has been meeting with some Jehovah’s Witnesses and has found some of their arguments to be thoughtful and possibly even biblical. Of course, Jehovah’s Witnesses deny the doctrine of the Trinity and the deity of our Lord Jesus.
I emailed him this morning with the hopes of getting together. I included in my email some verses that ascribe to Jesus titles/attributes that are ascribed to Yahweh in the Old Testament. These are culled from Murray Harris’ awesome book Jesus As God (Baker, 1998).
I AM (the covenant name of God)
Exodus 3:14 (see Isaiah 43:11) – John 8:58.
Salvation and Yahweh
Joel 2:32 – Romans 10:9-13
Yahweh Described
Ezekiel 43:2 – Revelation 1:13-16
There are plenty more, but I thought that these were helpful.
I also directed his attention to the use of Isaiah 6 when applied to Jesus and the Holy Spirit in the New Testament, namely John 12:41 and Acts 28:25.
My prayer is that my friend would come to see Christ as the eternal God whom true Christians everywhere have worshipped since the beginning of the church!
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Michael Bird’s Take on ETS (and SBL)

One of the papers that I really enjoyed at ETS was Michael Bird’s first one on New Testament canon. Thoughtful, thought provoking, well communicated and funny. I especially appreciated his plea to include early church history as part of doing a New Covenant Theology (not the NCT of Sovereign Grace fame). I picked up two copies of his book The Saving Righteousness of God for Justin and Clint’s birthdays. As I glossed it over I thought that it looks like a very important contribution to the debate on the New Perspective on Paul. I also enjoyed Bird’s interaction with Denny Burke at Burke’s paper on the “righteousness of God.”
Anyways, all that to say, Bird has posted his thoughts on ETS here.

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ETS and Books

In a major feat of self-restraint, I only bought two books at ETS. With the hordes of book sellers, offering their wares at ridiculously low prices, I’m amazed at my sanctification! It probably helped that my wife was with me as I perused the books (note: she bought more books than me!).
The two books that I purchased are ones that I am very glad to have in my library (am I ever not glad?). The first is the late David F. Wright’s Infant Baptism in Historical Perspective published by Paternoster in their Studies in Christian History and Thought series. What’s so neat about this book is that it argues strongly against the historical primacy of paedobaptism by one of the world’s top patristic and reformation scholars, who happens to be a Presbyterian! I’m very anxious to digest this work.
The second book is Death By Love by Mark Driscoll. A week ago Vicky and I spent Sunday afternoon with a couple from Trinity Baptist in Burlington, the Perry’s, who have a copy of the book. As I looked through it I was amazed to see how Driscoll applied the gospel message of penal substituation by Christ’s propiatory death on the cross to pastoral situations. For instance, he applies it to rape, abuse, religiosity, lust, adultery, demonic possession and other such intense subjects. I’m about half-way through the book and am really enjoying it. It’s very easy to read (much of it is in letter form) and is very, very pastoral. I would highly recommend it to pastors (I almost say it is incumbent upon them to read it!).

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Book Reviews Website

The Review of Biblical Literature has a website where they post their reviews. Lots and lots of good stuff here!

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1200!

Sweet! I just logged my 1200th book on my Library Thing account! What book was it you might ask? Good question. It was Albert Frederick Pollard’s Thomas Cranmer and the English Reformation 1489-1556.

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Crux Books Sale

From Tuesday Nov. 4 – Saturday Nov. 8.
Books marked down 50-90%.
On Tuesday for one day only – 20% off all used books.
On Wednesday for one day only – 10% off ever book in the store.
On Thursday for one day only – 10% off all icons.
Crux is at 5 Hoskin Avenue, Toronto. Phone: 416.599.2749. Email: cb@cruxbooks.com. Website: www.cruxbooks.com.

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Discerning Reader Profile

Cool, my profile and picture is up at the Discerning Reader website. You can’t tell from the pic, but it was taken in the Princeton cemetery and I’m kneeling in front of B.B. Warfield’s grave.
I guess this means I should be getting more reviews in!
A number of my reviews aren’t listed under my profile though:
Gribben’s Rapture Fiction
Gasque’s Art and the Christian Mind
Haykin’s God Who Draws Near
Yuille’s Inner Sanctum
Hitchen’s Missionary Position

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Yuille Reviews The Shack

Dr. Stephen Yuille, a friend of mine, has recently reviewed the horrendous book The Shack. This, alongside Challie’s review and Mohler’s radio response make for balanced opinion. With that said, The Shack is a trinitarian heresy.
[HT: Historia Ecclesiastica]
Update: Doug Wilson reviews The Shack here.

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Commentary Rating Website

I only just found out about this awesome website. Best Commentaries rates commentaries. This is a great place to start building your commentary collection. It’s like having Carson’s NT commentary rating book and Longman’s OT rating book online, for free!

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Jim West – A Sober Assessment of Reformational Drinking

Jim West is the famed author of the book Drinking with Calvin and Luther. I haven’t read it yet, but he has a good article at the Enjoying Beer website that I thought I would share. Church history attests to recreational alcoholic consumption by Christians. In fact, as West points out, it was a dualist/Manichaean tendency to reject alcohol as “satanic.” West provides a number of quotes from from both Luther and Calvin that make the point that drinking is not a moral issue, so long as the alcohol is not abused (i.e. drunkenness). I was surprised to see the Calvin wrote that drinking alcohol makes the Christian “feel a livelier gratitude to God.”
I have been thinking about this issue recently and hope to blog more about it as time allows. This is an important question in many ways. Should Christians abstain even if the Bible permits drinking? How do we view Christ who turned water into wine that was obviously meant for recreation? What about the psalms that speak of God giving wine to make the heart glad?
Any thoughts, or links to resources would be helpful. I am writing as one already convinced that it is good for Christians to drink, but I am more than willing to rethink the issue (as I am any issue). So, comment away!

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Ad – Is Christianity Good for the World?

In a recent post (scroll down) I linked to a review that I wrote of Christopher Hitchens’ and Doug Wilson’s book Is Christianity Good for the World? There is a website for the book here. Go buy a copy!

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Review: Foundations of Christian Thought

Stephen Yuille has a helpful review of Mark Cosgrove’s book Foundations of Christian Thought at his blog Deus Pro Nobis (trans. “God for us”).

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Boyd, pacifism and what not to do

Doug Wilson is at it again. This time he’s taking us through a blow-by-blow (pardon the pacifist pun) review of Greg Boyd’s recent book The Myth of a Christian Nation. Boyd’s book came out while I still worked at Crux and a lot of people were really excited about it. I, to say the least, wasn’t. The contents of the book cater to the John Howard Yoder, Anabaptist, pacifist types. While there’s much to commend the pacifist position (ideally speaking), I’m a bit bewildered by the whole thing.
Here is, in my view, the crux of Boyd’s problem – Wilson outlines it well:

Are women getting raped? Don’t get pulled in. Are children being hauled off
to work in factories? Don’t get pulled in. Are treaties being flagrantly broken?
That’s just the way the world is, ya know? Are thousands of slaves being pitched
overboard into the Atlantic? Satan’s kingdom . . . what can you do? Spiritually
dangerous even to try.

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Gary Johnson on Van Til

I am thankful to have had pointed out to me an excellent reflection piece by Gary Johnson at Green Baggins’ blog. Johnson recollects his time spent at Westminster Seminary and the influence that Cornelius Van Til had upon him. He writes this in connection with his thoughts on John R. Muether’s recent bio that I reviewed at Discerning Reader.

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Review: Cornelius Van Til: Reformed Apologist and Churchman by John Muether

I had the delightful opportunity read and review John Muether’s new biography of one of Christianity’s most important thinkers. Cornelius Van Til: Reformed Apologist and Churchman is fantastic. Check out my review and then buy the book!

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Thabiti on Healthy Church Members

Challies has a review of Thabiti Anyabwile’s recent book What Is A Healthy Church Member? This looks to be a very useful book to go through with a small group.

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Stupid

This could be Challies’ best book review ever. Count how many times the word “stupid” appears in his review of Chris Hedge’s recent travesty, I Don’t Believe in Atheists. Brilliant.

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New Haykin Book – Extract

Here is an extract from a new book co-edited by Dr. Michael Haykin. It is a concerted effort to address David Bebbington’s “quadrilateral” and includes contributions by Ken Stewart (co-editor), Crawford Gribben, Paul Coffey, and others. This extract includes portions of Paul Helm’s chapter.
Currently the book is available in the UK and will be in North America soon(ish). It’s title is: The Emergence of Evangelicalism.

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Schreiner Reviews Wright

Tom Schreiner, NT prof at Southern Seminary, has an excellent review of N.T. Wright’s recent book Surprised By Hope posted at the 9Marks site. It appears that Wright continues to show excellency when it comes to redeption accomplished but is lacking when it comes to redemption applied.

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Ferguson’s Owen biography

Here is the review that I recently wrote of Sinclair Ferguson’s excellent biography of John Owen. Thanks to Discerning Reader for publishing it!!

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