Archive for December, 2008

Edwards on Self-Love

I read a dynamite JETS article a few weeks ago; it was written by Bruce Davidson and entitled “The Four Faces of Self-love in the Theology of Jonathan Edwards” JETS (2008). 

Here’s a brief summary in the form of quotations and paraphrase: 

Divine Self-Love

Edwards writes,

All God’s love may be resolved into his love to himself and delight in himself, as asserted in my Discourse on the Trinity. His love to the creature is only his inclination to glorify himself and communicate him[self], and his delight in himself glorified and in himself communicated. Read the rest of this entry »



Worldliness, the book

I didn’t know what to expect from CJ Mahaney and his Sovereign Grace groupies in their new book Worldliness. Honestly, it’s just a hard subject to write on, no matter your perspective. To some, worldliness is wearing something other than homemade clothing or mixed fabrics, while others believe they aren’t worldly because they don’t attend R-rated movies, wear bikini swimming suits at public beaches, or passionately pursue stuff.

I had some disagreements with the book; however, my point in this posting is not to necessarily critique the book, but rather to highlight some parts that I thought were good. After reading it, I was reminded that God still has a whole lot of worldliness to root out of my heart. It’s not that I need to start sporting a comb-over or that my wife needs to burn her pants and flush the make-up. Rather, we both need God to continue to root out our love for this world — a love that can often manifest itself in pursuit of trinkets and careless media exposure —and replace it with otherworldliness, a heart aligned with Jesus. As citizens of heaven, we should live in a manner that is worthy of the gospel – a life that makes the gospel looks as beautiful as it really is.  

Anyway, here’s some blurbs from the book – essentially, the parts I thought were good. Read the rest of this entry »


Rob Bell: Dispensationalists the Real Anti-Christs?

In his latest book, God Wants to Save Christians, Rob writes:

Imagine how dangerous it would be if there were Christians who skipped over the first-century meaning of John’s letter and focused only on whatever it might be saying about future events, years and years away. There is always the chance that in missing the point, they may in the process be participating in and supporting and funding the various kinds of systems that the letter warns against participating in, supporting, and funding. That wouldn’t be what Jesus had in mind. That would be anti-Jesus. That would be anti-Christ. Were the people in John’s church reading his letter for the first time, with Roman soldiers right outside their door, thinking, “This is going to be really helpful for people two thousand years from now who don’t want to get left behind”? It’s a letter written to a real group of people, in a real place, at a real time, enduring excruciatingly difficult times. Christians were being killed by the empire because they would not participate. John comforts them, challenges them, warns them, teaches them, inspires them—don’t take the mark of the beast.

So dispensationalists are the ones that are especially susceptible to become anti-Jesus? How about historic pre-millennialists? I suppose they are well on their way to becoming anti-christ too?