Recommended Resources: D.A. Carson on the Parables of Jesus

The parables of Christ have been hotly debated since the 1st century, with questions like what’s the difference between a parable and an allegory? In this video D.A. Carson sheds a great deal of light on this controversial topic! Most Christians today seem to be ignorant of the fact that there is a hot debate on how to define what a parable might even be. This video helped me grapple with the debate, which tends to foster liberal ideas, yet Carson was able to maintain his evangelical sensibilities. Carson uses the question “why did Jesus speak in parables?” to tailor his definition of what a parable is. This is a long video but persevere it is worth your time! Leave comments, I would love to start a discussion on this topic.

Recommended Resources are posts devoted to videos, blogs, articles, and sermons that have helped me think through some more difficult topics. This segment of the blog is to develop fodder for thoughtfulness in deeper content issues.

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Book Review: The God Who Became Human

Today, Credo Magazine published my review of Graham Cole’s book The God Who Became Human: A Biblical Theology of the Incarnation on their blog. Dr. Graham Cole is the Anglican Professor of Divinity at Beeson Divinity school. This book utilizes both a systematic and exegetical skill set. The reason that is so important is because Cole tries to find balance in understanding the incarnation. Although an academic piece, Cole writes in a way that keeps the book very hands on and accessible.

This book would be a great book to read through before the Christmas season hits. I read this book around that time last year and found it to really deepen my appreciation of Christmas and ultimately the Gospel. Any pastor or serious student of the Bible ought to have this book on their shelf.

Credo Magazine is an online magazine founded by Matthew Barrett. It is a ministry devoted to producing content to equip pastors and lay people. They are always seeking to put the best content and resources out for their readers. I have found this ministry to be helpful for my thinking in many areas. I am thankful for the work they are doing and the perspective they bring to the many other magazines and blogs out there. Credomag definitely stands out in a unique way.

 

Recommended Resources: Miles Van Pelt’s Advice to Students

I am of the persuasion that the Biblical languages and education are imperative to continue to grow in the knowledge of the Lord. Dr. Miles Van Pelt has some helpful insight into how to keep up with the biblical languages once you have learned them. The study of Biblical languages is not a membership card to pure exegesis. They are a tool and give great insight into the world the Biblical authors were living in. We should cherish God’s word in the original languages, as well as our translations. Allow Dr. Van Pelt to encourage your desire for a deep and diligent understanding of God’s word.

Recommended Resources are posts devoted to videos, blogs, articles, and sermons that have helped me think through some more difficult topics. This segment of the blog is to develop fodder for thoughtfulness in deeper content issues.