Monday Miscellanies: A 52-week Journey with Jonathan Edwards

Jonathan Edwards is considered by many to be the greatest thinker the United States has ever produced. Not the greatest theologian or pastor or philosopher. The greatest thinker. He produced a massive number of works and preached twenty-five years worth of sermons. One of his works is titled Miscellanies, which covers a wide range of topics. The Miscellanies are akin to blog posts, 18th century style. What I hope to do each Monday of 2013 here on the blog is repost one of Edwards’ “blog posts” from his Miscellanies. He covers a massive amount of territory, so I’ll only scratch … Continue reading Monday Miscellanies: A 52-week Journey with Jonathan Edwards

Colin Smith on “The Adjustment Bureau”

I saw The Adjustment Bureau starring Matt Damon a couple months ago with my wife. We both liked it, but we both realized it made God look unpleasant, rigid, and frustrated by the way man responded to the “plan” he has for us.  Over at The Gospel Coalition blog, Colin Smith writes a tremendous analysis of the film. Here’s the crutch: The Adjustment Bureau suggests that you need to make choices that will deliver you from a dark and sinister God. But the real story is about how you need the sovereign God to deliver you from the dark and sinister power … Continue reading Colin Smith on “The Adjustment Bureau”

The Reason for God (Chapter 1)

I recently finished Tim Keller’s The Reason for God and over the next several weeks, I’ll be reviewing and summarizing each chapter. I know this book is a few years old, so these posts are more intended to help me remember what I read. Most of these posts will simply be direct quotes from the book. If it is my paraphrase, it will marked by an asterisk (*) after the page number.

At the same time, I hope these chapter reviews will 1) benefit Christians to help them form intellectual arguments for their faith and 2) challenge non-Christians to think more deeply about the nature and reality of God, his word, and the world. So let’s get into chapter 1.

Chapter 1: There Can’t Be Just One True Religion

During my nearly two decades in New York City, I’ve had numerous opportunities to ask people, “What is your biggest problem with Christianity?”…One of the most frequent answers I have heard over the years can be summed up in one word: exclusivity. (p. 3)

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Truth is Truth is Truth

From the urban philosopher Lecrae: Man, see some folks say, “All truth is relative, it just depends on what you believe.” You know, “Hey man, ain’t no way to know for sure who God is or what’s really true.” But that means you believe your own statement: that there’s no way to know what’s really true. You’re saying that that statement is true. You’re killing yourself. If what’s true for you is true for you, and what’s true for me is true for me, what if my truth says your’s is a lie? Is it still true? Come on man! … Continue reading Truth is Truth is Truth