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What do you get when D.A. Carson, John Frame, Scott Oliphint and Michael Kruger are in agreement? A book that you need to purchase right now. James Anderson’s new book What’s Your Worldview?: An Interactive Approach to Life’s Big Questions is available for one week only for $5.50. Click here to purchase this book.

Here is a 16pg. PDF of the book. And here are some lectures by Dr. Anderson from this past fall. He spoke on these topics “Can I Trust the Bible Over Evolutionary Science?”, “Can I Trust the Bible Over the Quran?”, and participated in a Q&A.

2014 Bible Reading Plan: Read the Gospels Deeply

It is about that time of the year when we are introduced to creative ways to read our Bible for the next calender year (did you do it this year?). This is my sixth year encouraging others to use my particular reading plan. I suggest you take each day of next year to read and reflect on a single unit in the Gospels. Did you know there are conveniently about 365 units in the Gospels?

In the past, I cited five good reasons to own a Gospel Synopsis. The fifth reason is:

Read a synopsis in one year by reading one pericope [a gospel unit] every day. By coincidence, the synopsis contains 367 pericopes (That is, all four Gospels combined contain 367 units.).

The edition I recommend for English is the Synopsis of the Four Gospels.

 

Definite Atonement & Antinomianism

Two new resources our readers should be aware of are the following:

From Heaven He Came and Sought Her: Definite Atonement in Historical, Biblical, Theological, and Pastoral Perspective. If you want to know why this book was written watch this video. And here is an interview with one of the editors David Gibson. Ligon Duncan comments on the book in this video.

I get the impression (I’ve encountered some) there are individuals who believe that justification should not lead to our sanctification. I can’t imaging they would put it in those term, but that is certainly what their theology boils down to. So whenever one speaks of doing good works, living they way Christ lived, etc. they say you’re putting them back under the law, and they automatically run to their justification. “Don’t put me under the law, bro!”

Now, perhaps there are ministers of the “gospel” who are simply preaching moralism. This is wrong and we should react to it. But one can not swing in the other direction and believe, that gospel obedience is foreign to the normal life of the Christian. As a matter of fact, in the great commission, the church is given the mandated to teach believers to obey Christ. John tell us that our walk and our talk should coincide with one another. “the one who says he abides in Him ought himself to walk in the same manner as that One (Jesus) walked” (1 Jn. 3:6).

This is why I’m thankful that Mark Jones has written Antinomianism: Reformed Theology’s Unwelcome Guest? You can read the first chapter by clicking here. You can check out two recent interviews with Dr. Jones here and here

Enjoy!

Systematic Theology (New Books)

FYI:

Two new books to note:

John Frame’s new Systematic Theology: An Introduction to Christian Belief, which is %50 off now through the 14th of November. You can read a bit of the book by clicking here.

One more that might be worth taking a look at is Michael Bird’s Evangelical Theology: A Biblical and Systematic Introduction. Read a bit of it by clicking here.

UPDATE: I was informed by a friend that the reader needs to be cautious with Michael Bird on Justification.

Enjoy!