What I Read Online – 09/17/2013 (p.m.)

18 Sep
    • Together as the diverse, multi-generational body of Christ, we worshiped God, sat under the preaching of his Word, prayed, shared communion, and enjoyed fellowship. As a result, students weren’t left wondering about the church’s purpose; they were experiencing it according to Acts 2:42-47. They learned the church exists chiefly to glorify God, not to please them
    • Simply put, we do teens a disservice when we segregate them from the life of the church. When we build youth ministries that don’t fold students into the life of the congregation, the unintended consequence is a future of empty pews
    • This book is theologically informed and pastorally wise. It helpfully distinguishes and defines definitive and progressive sanctification, and it shrewdly shows how to approach Christian living without being reductionistic.
    • This brings us back to Keener’s concern to explain the word “exegetical” in the title of the work so that the commentary is used in the way in which it was intended.  Other books might help pastors and Bible teachers with the overall biblical-theological framework of Acts, and other commentaries such as those by Bock (BECNT), Peterson (Pillar), or Schnabel (ZECNT) will help more with the flow of argument in individual passages with an eye to the theological claims and historical context of Acts.  This commentary is best treated as more of an encyclopedia of information about almost any topic that is raised in Acts and related to the ancient world than an exegetical commentary.  For scholars of Acts, Keener’s encyclopedia is indispensable!


      Alan J. Thompson, Lecturer in New Testament, Sydney Missionary & Bible College

    • It is not enough to preach ‘as though a man should teach in a school’.  ‘We must moreover be quickened up with good and vehement exhortations;  we must be rebuked as if a man should search a wound’.  Peter Adam himself gives some excellent tips on how to put the latter into practice;  not least:  spend at least as much prep-time thinking and praying through how to apply your exposition profoundly the body of people you’ll be speaking to, as you do working on the text.  Not, of course, an excuse to reduce my text-work time!  Very tough to do, as we all know  –  and as all really valuable things are. 
    • First of all, Christ has supplied us with his Spirit to carry forward the “work of spiritual recovery and redemption among men, which He Himself, when on earth, had only begun” (82).


      Second, Christ has left us the Church, with its work of Word and sacrament, to be “another instrument in the hand of Christ for carrying forward and accomplishing His purpose of grace on earth” (82).


      In short, the work of Christ on earth was one of recovery and redemption, and to continue this work after his ascension into heaven, Christ left behind the Spirit and the Church.

    • Does this mean Christians should be indifferent to suffering in the world? Or pursue irrelevance in their neighborhoods and in their workplaces? No and no. But I dare assert that Bannerman’s doctrine of the church makes more eminent sense to me, and seems more plainly biblical, than contemporary notions whereby the church is called upon to be something it cannot be and do something it cannot do
    • Family time is essential. Doing homework and practicing don’t have to draw away from positive family relationships and time together. Try practicing with your child. Ask them (in a positive, inviting way) to play what they’re learning for you or to perform for the family. And when it’s time to hit the books, try sitting down to study with your child by helping them with their assignments or simply sitting next to them while you do your own reading, study, or work. Being present is a simple way to be supportive.

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