Last fall Christian apologist Dr. James White debated the Muslim Ayoob Karim on the topic, “Is Jesus God?” This took place in South Africa.
Here’s the video of the debate:
Establish the need: People often have romanticize vision of marriage that’s picture perfect for Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. People airbrush the most obvious reality of our life: sin. Have you thought about sins and marriage?
Purpose: Explore how theology shapes marriage and here in our first series we shall consider how does the Bible’s doctrine of sin help us have a more godly marriage, by first looking at the Biblical teaching on sin and then explore some implications.
I realize Christmas is a long ways off but let me explain why I’m posting this now. As a pastor I buy many Christian books for people as gifts for Christmas. We spend more during the month of December than any month of the year. Pastors don’t necessarily have a high salary. But someone with a pastoral heart would want their congregation to grow spiritually using all available means including introducing good spiritual readings to the lives entrusted to their care. It’s good to foster personal devotions of a church member outside of Sunday service. But it doesn’t help that there’s also a lot of bad selections in “Christian books” that’s not theologically solid. So how does one find good solid Christian books on the cheap for the many people in your lives? While I have pastors in mind with this post I think this is helpful for all of God’s people as well. Here’s what I do:
So you want to be a Pastor or be full time in the ministry? I think a “must read” for those who are wondering if they are called to the ministry is from chapter two of Spurgeon’s book, Lectures to My Students. I’ve recommended serveral different guys this chapter in the last month or so. It has come to my attention that this chapter has also been adapted into a short kindle booklet which is nice if one wants a short document on their kindle library rather than the entire volume of Lectures to My Students. This is a convicting message by Spurgeon and it spoke powerfully to me before I entered the ministry and now currently in ministry. I also enjoyed Spurgeon’s exposition on the bad reasons why people entered ministry. Readers shouldn’t miss his story of the self-professing “best applicant” that tried to entered Spurgeon’s Pastor’s college and Spurgeon’s account of the interview.
Yesterday my blog’s top search was “true son of heaven david marshall.” That night David Marshall commented on my book review of his book titled True Son of Heaven. I read that book some time ago and I was critical of its content. Marshall has said many things in his comments that I am going to slowly digest through. I’m not perfect and can err in my assessment. Again this is going to be a process but thus far I still think the gist of my review is correct. In this post I want to focus only on his opening paragraph of his first comment:
I find your critique of my book petty and off-the-mark. You complain about typos, but your review itself is chock full of grammatical errors. You claim True Son of Heaven “does not even fulfill the expectation of an undergraduate essay.” Yet in fact, I expanded my argument in this book into a doctoral dissertation, which passed review easily. (As, indeed, did the thesis papers in my MA program, critiqued by eminent scholars who know the topics I was writing on well.)
Let me share with you what was in my original review that he was responding to:
The first problem is rather minor but everything else that follows concerns with the content of the book. This book has bad editing. The book has three sections but the numbering of the section is off; for instance, part one is labeled as part two, and part two is labeled as part three, etc. In the first chapter the endnotes are missing. I think the editors were asleep on the wheel and honestly I think if they did a better job scrutinizing the content of the book, I think the book wouldn’t have been published in the first place because I think it does not even fulfill the expectation of an undergraduate essay.
Again in this post I only want to focus on his first opening paragraph and not have any red-herring. Lord willing in future posts I want to revisit my review and examine his comments against the review more carefully. I want to move from the obvious to the more weightier matter over time.
Here’s my response: