Friday, February 08, 2008

Mini-wrap

A lot of today's links were first highlighted by uber-blogger Justin Taylor.

IVP is offering free daily devotional readings for Lent from their catalogue of books. Lent is traditionally the period of 40 days leading up to Easter on the church calendar and is often taken by many Christians to be a time of reflection and sometimes, fasting.

You can download free Tim Keller sermons reflecting on the nature of some common objections to Christianity. Keller is one of the most insightful Christian leaders out there today. His book The Reason for God, is going to be out soon, with a Penguin imprint publishing it, I believe.

N.T Wright in Time Magazine on common Christian misconceptions about heaven. This is one of Wright's biggest bugbears. :) As usual, he's very lucid. I agree (enthusiastically!) with him mostly, but there are one or two things which I'm not completely sure about. The trouble is, I don't know what it is exactly that makes me slightly uneasy.

Also useful for a point of comparison is You Were Made for Earth: Trevin Wax's interview with Michael Wittmer. Wittmer is the author of one of my favourite Bible overview/worldview books, Heaven is a Place on Earth.

There's a lot of good stuff in today's CT. There's a fascinating cover story on the ancient-future movement, a good interview with Carson and Beale on their Commentary of NT use of the OT, and a thoughtful piece by Tim Stafford comparing today's culture to Samaria. Plus CT's 2007 films of the year.

That's it for the moment. Feeling a little lethargic.

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Blogger pearlie said...

Thanks for the link - the NT Wright one is a very interesting read. I have not read any of his books before but I know there have been much talk about his perspective and all. Reading his views about heaven, I am generally OK with it - I am with him that heaven is not a clouds thing :)

I am not sure about "Paul writes that it will be conscious, but compared with being bodily alive, it will be like being asleep." The Gospels do give a peek into life after death that is quite active - Moses and Elijah, Lazarus and Abraham.

His mention of Luke 23 is very interesting - I never thought of it more than salvation, that Jesus at the hour of death gives him salvation that very moment. Wright's interpretation is very literate, I am not sure if I can agree.

I am also not too sure about the last 2 questions - he did not quite say much there, so I can't pin it down.

What were your concerns? Anyway, from glancing your previous posts before, I gather you are an NT Wright fan? :)

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Blogger BK said...

I try my best to be generous to Wright. :) He's a fine writer.

I'm not sold on the New Perspective on Paul, but since I've barely read any literature on the subject I didn't feel like I could make any comment on that.

I'm really glad that he refutes pseudo-Gnostic ideas about heaven. I don't have any opinions on the intermediate state (soul sleep or not?), so again, I'm can't really say that I follow or don't follow Wright here. I'm really not sure what it is that makes me go "Hmmm....", but there's something...

Anyway, Scot McKnight's blog, Jesus Creed has been posting chapter by chapter reviews of his latest book, Surprised by Hope so you can presumably dig deeper there.

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