What I Read Online – 01/03/2013 (a.m.)

03 Jan
    • One final comment. The astute observer will notice that four of the below ten books are published by our friends at Matthias Media.  In a way, that’s simple coincidence (i.e., this is not some underhanded infomercial for a particular publishing company).  I don’t work for Matthias Media, have no formal ties to Matthias Media, and have never been paid to read or recommend their books.  However, in another way, this is not purely coincidental in that I’ve come to realize that pretty much everything Matthias Media publishes is of very high quality and well worth reading.  Over the years, I think I’ve read probably 20 (or more) of their titles and have never been disappointed.  And I’ve developed this sort of instinct that when I’m looking for something worthwhile to read, I think, “Hum…I wonder if Matthias Media has anything on the topic?”
    • Every Friday afternoon  Charles Spurgeon would head down to the Pastors’ College – of all the  institutions in which he was involved, the one that was perhaps dearest  to his great heart – and attempt to put an edge and a point on the  blades that had been tempered in the fires of the college forges all the  week long. This is not the place to discuss the peculiar features and  particular excellences of Spurgeon’s plan for pastoral training, but it  shows Spurgeon’s sensitivity to the needs of his students that those  Friday afternoons found him at his most deliberately engaging and his  most transparently personal as he sought to put a little fire in their  bellies before the Lord’s day.
    • Particularly significant is the centrality to his case of God’s being as Trinity.  Yes, I know that some of the Beautiful People will no doubt read the following comment and then immediately accuse me of being a middle-aged white racist, but here goes anyway: the Trinity really is a vitally important doctrine.  Indeed, Trinitarianism is absolutely central to all Christian doctrine and life.  The more one thinks about the inner being of God, the more it is clear that overflowing, dynamic, active, impassioned life is fundamental to God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, an argument made as eloquently by Lister in this book as it was by Peter Leithart in his recent volume on Athanasius.  The dynamism of the inner life of the Trinity makes the univocal predication of static categories to God inappropriate and misleading. This is a point which cannot be overstated in the current climate of a slack orthodoxy which is all too frequently justified on the basis of a truncated history of theology and all too casually sanctified by the mantric repetition of the current cant, ‘gospel centred.’
    • In a very real sense, Lister did not change my mind on anything of any importance.  What he did do was sharpen my theological categories and make me think more carefully about how to integrate divine transcendence and impassibility with the evidently impassioned God of the biblical narratives.

Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here.

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