Vanhoozer on the Inerrancy of Scripture I was always bummed that I did not get to take a class under the theologian Kevin Vanhoozer during my time at Wheaton. His writings have really encouraged me and help me understand how to think biblically and theologically about the Bible as God’s revelation of Himself. Today, I found a recent article of his about the doctrine of the inerrancy of Scripture. To claim that you believe that the Bible is ‘inerrant’ is to argue that you bel
Recently, my friend Dan Alcantara and I challenged each other to write a song that could be used in corporate worship setting. I love writing songs and think this will be a great challenge. It has really got me thinking about the components of a good worship song. In my own opinion, I believe a truly good worship song is biblical, beautiful, and beneficial. To be biblical, the song must derive its content and imagery from God’s revelation, which the Bible. This doesn’t mean th
This week I’m preaching on Phil 2:3-4. The passage has really got me thinking about the notion of selfishness and selfish ambitions. We live in a culture which drinks up the belief that pursuing self interest at any cost will result in our greatest happiness and most vibrant liberty. The most hienous evil is when another hinders our freedom to do whatever we want and imposes their views (moral, political, ideological) upon us. This freedom is seductive: What could be better than living
Over the next few months I’ll be working through these books. I’m really looking forward to learning from these godly thinkers and hopefully growing in my pastoral knowledge. What books would you suggest for those preparing to enter into full-time vocational ministry?
I love putting Scripture to music. Over the years I have put different passages of the Bible to music (you can hear some of my songs here and here). I find that putting Scripture to music is very edifying and encouraging to my own soul. A couple years back I spent a summer studying Titus and decided to put a few of my favorite passages from the book to music. At the time, I was learning how to do some of the finger style patterns used by Elliott Smith, who is one of my favorite songwriters.
Why learn a catechism? What is the point of memorizing a bunch of questions and answers? Aren’t there better ways to spend our time, effort, and energy? Here’s 9 reasons why you should learn the New City Catechism (NCC). 1. It will teach you the basics of Christianity. What do you believe and why do you believe it? NCC will help you understand the fundamentals of the Christian faith (God, the Trinity, sin, salvation, prayer); you will also learn the 10 commandments, the LordR
As mentioned in an earlier post, my community group has been going through and learning the New City Catechism (NCC) together. The catechism is an excellent resource for small group study. To help others utilize NCC, my friend Brian Malcom and I have recently begun creating discussion questions for each of the questions. Here’s what we have for NCC 1-4: Q1 Discussion Questions – – – – – – – – – – – – – –
The church I attend (Redeemer Fellowship) does a great job of emphasizing the importance of small group gatherings. We call these gatherings community groups (CG), and the function of each CG is to provide a place to gather for community, fellowship, prayer, and service. The focus is on the gospel and the groups are biblically driven. Since the fall of 2010, I have had the privilege of leading a community group (CG). This year I put forward three hopes and three challenges for our group as str