What shall I say! And how shall I describe this Birth to you? For this wonder fills me with astonishment. The Ancient of Days has become an infant. He Who sits upon the sublime and heavenly Throne, now lies in a manger. And He Who cannot be touched, Who is simple, without complexity, and incorporeal, now lies subject to the hands of men. He Who has broken the bonds of sinners, is now bound by an infant’s bands. But He has decreed that ignominy shall become honor, infamy be clothed with glory, and total humiliation the measure of His Goodness.
Over the years, I’ve gotten a handful of questions on the emerging church and / or emergent. Although I have not read this in total, I think this blog series (with charts!) may be helpful to some. [Please note that you may also download a PDF of the entire series.]
One of the most influential and pivotal books I have ever (yes, ever) read was Bryan Chapell’s Christ-Centered Preaching. This along with some of the writings of Tim Keller (Pastor at Redeemer Pres in NYC), Jerry Bridges, and C. J. Mahaney (to name just a few) awoke me to the centrality of the Gospel in all aspects of life.
Perhaps one of the most eye-opening realizations throughout all of this is that
the gospel is not just for non-Christians, but also for Christians. This means the gospel is not just the A-B-C’s but the A to Z of the Christian life. It is not accurate to think ‘the gospel’ is what saves non-Christians, and then, what matures Christians is trying hard to live according to Biblical principles. It is more accurate to say that we are saved by believing the gospel, and then we are transformed in every part of our mind, heart, and life by believing the gospel more and more deeply as our life goes on. [Keller]
How encouraging, then, to hear Piper reinforce this in the clip below:
The eating motif is the character who does not speak or act on his own, but yet is found at every major turning point of the divine drama. Creation, fall, redemption, and consummation all involve the eating motif.
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Disclosure: This was a paper I did for IG500 Biblical Theology and Interpretation. In this class we read the Bible as a one unified book by tracing various themes through it such as creation, kingship, sonship, sacrifice.
[2/18/2010 – Related article]
This thoughtful post, which starts off:
The 37th President of the United States died yesterday. Gerald Ford was 93 years old. In hearing the news I was immediately struck by the beauty of King Jesus. You may raise an eyebrow and wonder aloud as to how and why.
reminded me of my recent post on King Jesus. How important it is to see earthly leaders in the proper perspective! Their fleeting reigns are only a shadow of the reality of the eternal reign of the True King.
Remember the refrain in the book of Judges?
Five times we see this phrase:
In those days Israel had no king; everyone did as he saw fit.
At the end of Judges the reader is supposed to be crying out, “O God, we need a king.” Of course, the kings that do come next aren’t all that better than the judges.
King David is the best of the bunch, but even he has some substantial fallings.
Now the reader is supposed to be crying out, “O God, we still need a king!”
Perhaps the Magi are on to something when they ask, “Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews?” (Matt 2:2)
Perhaps as the soldiers mocked Jesus they, unbeknownst even to themselves, speak truth as they cry: “Hail, king of the Jews!” (Matt 27:29)
Perhaps this all ties into Rev 11:15 where the loud voices in heaven say, “The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of his Christ, and he will reign for ever and ever.”
Amazing things happen when you read the Bible as one unified Story.
[these thoughts brought to you courtesy of IG500. 🙂 ]
Going through my undergraduate notes I found that the most helpful exercise I did was not simply taking notes, but summarizing that day’s material. Here is my summary from my first seminary class: Biblical Theology and Interpretation (IG500).
Today we dealt with the history and definition of biblical theology, creation, and creation applied throughout the Scriptures.
This gets a bit much for a blog post, so if you want read more, just click on the link below.