1. “The Faithfulness of God and its Effects on Faithful Living” by Volker Rabens
Rabens has posted his contribution to the new critical analysis of N.T. Wright’s Paul and the Faithfulness of God. I love it when Academicians do this. You can read the entire chapter at this link. I haven’t yet had time to read the essay, but I look forward to it.
2. “16 Reasons Why I Believe in God: Love” by James Hoskins
James has written a brilliant and concise argument for the existence of God on the experience of altruism. He interacts here with the “inclusive fitness theory” and humanistic attempts to explain love apart from God. It’s really a beautiful piece of philosophical work. Check it out.
3. “Overcoming Addiction: The Importance of Serving Others Mercifully” by Mark Shaw
Serving others is a major part of change, especially when I have developed a life-dominating sin that feeds my own selfishness and self-focus. Mark Shaw, director of the Visions of Hope, a residential program for women with life-dominating sins, writes here about how they’ve incorporated service into their recovery program. I always appreciate Dr. Shaw’s work and the ministry he oversees.
4. “When Drugs Weren’t Enough” by Brandon Smith
A beautiful testimonial over at TGC about a life transformed from drugs to Jesus. I love stories like this and know many of my friends will too.
5. “What Should Evangelicals Make of Karl Barth?” by Justin Taylor
Taylor shares an interaction between Tony Reinke and D.A. Carson on Barth. In his new book on Scripture Carson speaks to Barth’s debated views about the Bible, here we get just a taste of it.