1. “Gandalf, Job, and the Indignant Love of God” by Derek Rishmawy
Reflecting on God’s response to Job, Derek discusses how even God’s anger is loving towards His children. He parallels the account with a scene from The Fellowship of the Ring, giving readers further insight into the indignant love of God.
2. “Reading Notes: Theological Epistemology” by Kevin Vanhoozer
The nerd in me loved reading about reading int his post from Zondervan Academic. Here, Kevin Vanhoozer reviews the best literature on the subject of theological epistemology, pointing to quality works and their various contributions to the subject. He highlights older works (Augustine and Calvin) and newer works (one not even published yet).
3. “5 Shifts in Church Planting in the Last 10 Years” by Trevin Wax
With the revision and re-release of Ed Stetzer’s Planting Missional Churches, Trevin explores how its revisions reveal 5 major shifts in church planting over the last 10 years. The original publication was immensely helpful and insightful to me, and I am intrigued to read the revisions to this new edition. Church planting has been embraced by Evangelicalism, and in that regard I am excited. I am hopeful that Stetzer’s work will continue to inform young church planters in what matters and what makes a difference.
4. “Women Teaching Men – How Far is too Far?” by Mary Kassian
I believe that there are right, appropriate, and helpful contexts in which men should learn from women. I have argued that in several posts here at this blog. Mary Kassian, writing at Desiring God, makes a similar argument. She acknowledges that we cannot come up with a clear and clean set of rules and boundaries on this, yet there is a hard-line that we must not cross. I am not convinced that 1 Tim. 2:12 is about the corporate church setting (rather I think it has reference to home-life), yet still I do think she is right to state that the boundary line is “am I acting as an elder/pastor” (she uses the term “church-fathers” to avoid confusion). Her guidelines here are helpful, I might quibble a bit, but I appreciate this piece immensely.
5. “John Webster, 1955-2016: “There is Nothing that the Gospel Does Not Explicate” by Fred Sanders
A short hagiography for the respected and brilliant theologian John Webster, who passed away this week. I look forward to delving more deeply into Webster having been more indirectly impacted than directly.
6. “Anger – Passive Aggressive” by Denise Hardy
My dear friend and colleague Denise Hardy continues her series on anger by exploring the frequently overlooked passive-aggressive form. We tend to think of anger in purely aggressive and even physically demonstrative ways, so this is a valuable post on its other forms.