Weekly Wraps (Feb. 28-Mar. 6)

Albert Mohler, Phil Johnson, and others on Rob Bell issue, John Piper on Victor Hugo, and et cetera.

Note: Some of the links are related to Rob Bell’s upcoming book. Obviously, this is the hottest topic in the Evangelical blogosphere right now. I’ve been following this topic trend and I’m waiting until the book is released. Though I have my initial thoughts on the issue, I will have to suspend my judgment, realizing that I shouldn’t be quick to judge until the release of the book and reviews (hopefully including mine) are made . For now, it will be helpful if I make a short study on the topic of Hell.

1. Universalism as a Lure? The Emerging Case of Rob Bell (Albert Mohler) – Mohler on Rob Bell issue.

2. More on the Tolerance of Overtolerance (Phil Johnson) – Johnson on Rob Bell issue.

3. The Gift of Victor Hugo (John Piper) – Coincidentally, when I was thinking of reading Les Miserables (It was mentioned in the books of Tim Keller and Tom Holladay, and it got my interest), Piper writes on Victor Hugo. In this blog, he also includes excerpts from the Hugo classic. Will I read Les Miserable?

4. Two Thoughts on the Rob Bell Brouhaha (Kevin DeYoung) – DeYoung on Rob Bell issue.

5. So You Are Thinking of Going to Seminary? (Kevin DeYoung) – This is a helpful post. I’m planning of pursuing a seminary degree someday. DeYoung gives several questions to consider before going to a seminary.

6. Westminster Catechism Rap (C.J. Mahaney) – Mahaney blogs on pastor-songwriter-rapper Curtis Allen’s rap song, Westminster Catechism. A rap on the Westminster Catechism? But that’s not the most surprising. Because someone joined him in his song. And that person is none other than…D.A. Carson!

7. The First Ever Rap Song About the Heidelberg Catechism (C.J. Mahaney) – This time, Curtis Allen (aka Voice) raps on the Heidelberg Catechism. What’s up with Voice?

8. Is Jesus An Egomaniac? (John Piper) – Piper speaks for Passion Conference 2010. As always, Piper blows my mind away. He lets me see God’s “God-centeredness.” Very powerful message! Below are powerful statements from Piper.

“God’s God-centeredness is an unbelievably powerful test of my God-centeredness, and yours.” (13:08)

“If you are a truly, deeply, down-to-the-toe-nails God-centered person, you will love God’s commitment to God.” (14:36)

“Every time you sin, you choose something as more desirable than the glory of God.”  (42:33)

“When Christ died, God accomplished two seemingly impossible things. He vindicated the worth of His glory, saying, “This much! This much I value My glory that has been trampled in the dirt by sinners like you”. And we get forgiven. His glory goes up and our forgiveness is secured, which means…that the foundation of our salvation is not our worth but God’s worth.” (43:31)

“God is the one Being for whom self-exaltation is not an act of a need ego but an act of infinite self-giving for our enjoyment.” (46:33)

“The reason God seeks our praise is not that He won’t be fully God unless He gets it, but that we won’t be fully happy unless we give it. This is not arrogance; this is grace. This is not egomania; this is love.” (46:49)


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About Enzo Cortes

Enzo Cortes is the Youth Coordinator of Jzone Makati, the youth ministry of Christ's Commission Fellowship (CCF) Makati. He also speaks for various youth and young adult groups, including CCF Makati's young singles ministry, Friday Night Light. He loves to write, read books and blogs, drink coffee, and watch MMA fights.

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