Weekly Wraps (November 14-20)
Tim Challies on the apostle Paul’s joy, David Mathis excepts from Gospel Wakefulness, Josh Etter quotes John Piper on reading theology books, and et cetera.
1. Finding Joy, Finding Hope (Tim Challies) – Challies blogs on the joy of the apostle Paul and its source. He writes: “What amazes me is that though the [apostle Paul] endured an amazing amount of abuse and torment, he continued to be full of joy. I went looking for the source of Paul’s joy and found myself in 2 Corinthians 4. There I learned that Paul found joy in hope—hope in the future resurrection that had been guaranteed through Christ’s resurrection.”
2. The Tragic Hypocrisy of Joyless Calvinism (David Mathis) – Mathis excerpts from Jared Wilson’s book, Gospel Wakefulness.
3. Advice for Reading Theology Books Even Though You’re Busy (Josh Etter) – Etter quotes John Piper on reading books on theology. Piper says: “We must devote ourselves to know and understand the testimonies of the Lord. And here I commend not only faithful Bible study, but also regular reading of great books on theology and biblical interpretation, books that distill the wisdom of the greatest students of the word over the past 1900 years.”
4. Gospel-Saturated Dish-Washing and Diaper-Changing (David Mathis) – Mathis again quotes from Wilson’s book. Wilson writes (and it is humbling): “We serve a sovereign God. He created the end from the beginning, knows our future exhaustively, and is firmly in control. He made our days and they belong to him. As such, isn’t it a bit arrogant to begin with the idea that each day is ours and then worry about fitting God in?”
5. Tweaking the TULIP (Justin Taylor) – Taylor blogs on the acronym TULIP.
6. Listening to and Questioning the Seeker Church (Kevin DeYoung) – DeYoung blogs on the seeker-sensitive church and on James Emery White’s book, What They Didn’t Teach You in Seminary.
7. 16 Things I Look for in a Preacher (Mark Driscoll) – Driscoll blogs on preaching. I find this helpful and “Driscoll-ish”.