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Don Carson on Mystery and Certainty

In quotes, theology on December 19, 2008 at 8:21 pm

“Christianity that is nothing but certainties quickly  becomes haughty and arrogant, rigid and unbending.  Worse, it leaves the Christian open to the most excruciating doubt when the vicissitudes of life finally knock out the supporting pillars.  The God of such Christianity is just not big enough to be trusted when you are up to your neck in the muck of pain and defeat.  Conversely, Christianity that is nothing but mystery leaves nothing to proclaim, and makes faith indistinguishable from blind credulity” (How Long, O Lord? 26).

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Calvin College Student Activities Office made one the best decisions ever.

In music, recommendations, remarkable discoveries on December 16, 2008 at 5:22 pm

After a relatively uneventful (in my opinion) season of concerts, Calvin College SAO have finally stepped it up.  I was hoping that they would blow my mind with the lineup for the Festival of Faith and Music and although they haven’t announced all of the concerts yet, having The Hold Steady play makes the whole year feel better.  Not only are they one of the best bands in America right now, their album Stay Positive is a serious contender for my favorite album of the year.

A Moment of Silence.

In Uncategorized on December 7, 2008 at 11:33 pm

Why? Because the Wilco/Neil Young concert in Detroit is probably ending and I was not there.

Helpful Books on Open Theism

In recommendations, reviews, theology on December 6, 2008 at 10:28 pm

As some of you may know, I have been working on a pretty extensive research paper on Open Theism for my Doctrine of God class.  There are many great books out there, but I’ve found three relatively different books to be incredibly helpful.

  1. God’s Lesser Glory – Bruce A. Ware:  A thorough argument against the denial of God’s exhaustive foreknowledge.
  2. What Does God Know and When Does He Know It? – Millard J. Erickson:  Erickson affirms the traditional view, but this is probably the most fair treatment of both sides of the debate.
  3. What Does God Foreknow? – Steven C. Roy:  A comprehensive biblical survey of pretty much every section of Scripture related to the debate.  Roy displays the glorious sovereignty of God over the future shining brightly through Scripture.

Kathleen Edwards – Asking For Flowers

In music, recommendations, remarkable discoveries, reviews on December 5, 2008 at 7:35 pm

Kathleen Edwards is an artist that I’ve heard about for a long time, but never actually took the time to check out.  A few days ago, I bought her most recent album, Asking For Flowers.  It’s one of the most simply poignant albums I’ve heard in a long, long time.  Check it out.  I thought I had figured out my Top 10 albums of 2008, but now I’m going to have to do some rethinking…