Weekly Wraps (July 11-17)
Kevin DeYoung on the doctrine of hell, Tim Challies on David Platt’s Radical, Alex Chediak on college life, and et cetera.
1. Is it Okay for Christians to Believe in the Doctrine of Hell But Not Like It? (Kevin DeYoung) – DeYoung blogs on the doctrine of hell and on liking/disliking it. He writes: It’s one thing to say to unbelievers and skeptics, “I struggled with the same questions you’re asking.” It’s another to throw God under the bus, admitting “I don’t like hell anymore than you do. I’d take it out of the Bible if I could. But it’s in there, so I can’t deny it.”
2. Radical (Tim Challies) – Challies reviews David Platt’s book, Radical.
3. Learning to Thrive at College (Alex Chediak) – Alex blogs on college life. He writes: “College is an opportunity to get the training you need to make a difference in the world — by becoming a business person, an engineer, a doctor, a teacher, a historian, a physical therapist, a husband, a wife, a parent, who sees God’s lordship extending to every area of life and every corner of the globe.”
4. Beware of Mirrors (Jon Bloom) – Bloom blogs on mirrors. He writes: “When we look into a mirror we do not see enchanting beauty, nor do we see the glory of God imaging forth in the indescribably complex, ingenious, phenomenal, spectacular miracle that is a human being. What we see mainly are defects.” Humbling!
5. 11 Ways God Works for Us (John Piper) – Piper blogs on God working for us. He wisely writes: “The proper connotation of saying God works for me is that I am bankrupt and need a bailout. I am weak and need someone strong. I am endangered and need a protector. I am foolish and need someone wise. I am lost and need a Rescuer. ‘God works for me’ means I can’t do the work.”
6. Letter to an Incomplete, Insecure Teenager (John Piper) – Piper writes to a teenager about life and identity. Learn from tadpoles and frogs!