As I mentioned before, 2017 is celebrated across Protestantism as the 500 year anniversary of the Reformation and Martin Luther's nailing of the 95 theses on the church door in Wittenberg. Browsing the shelves of the Christian book section at my local thrift book store, I came across a biography of Luther that had been recommended in a lecture I listened to. So, guess what, I bought it.
Have you ever found that although you follow Jesus and have been washed in His blood and cleansed by His Spirit (1. Cor 6:11), you still do what you do not want to do (Rom 7:21), that is, you still sin in so many ways (Jam 3:2)? If you've ever wrestled with the beast of sin in your heart and lost, you will find this book extremely helpful and full of teaching and gospel.
“And he said to him, 'Every man at the beginning sets out the good wine, and when the guests have well drunk, then the inferior. You have kept the good until now!' This beginning of signs Jesus did in Cana of Galiliee, and manifested his glory; and his disciples believed in him.” - John 2:10-11 (NKJV)
In the last post in this series, we will consider the book of Revelation, the only prophetic book in the New Testament. More precisely, Revelation is what is called apocalyptic, that is, unveiling, in nature. But how can you read it?
When I hear the word "wisdom" I either think of old books or old people. I think of theoretical musings unrelated to everyday life. The good news is, nothing could be further from biblical wisdom. Wisdom in the Bible is for everyone and for every day. It's practical and applicational.
The Psalms are the hymnbook of Jesus. These are the songs he sang, these are the experiences that patterned his own life, ministry, death, resurrection, and reign. They provide rich insight into the soul of the Son of God.
It was quite a paradigm shift when the penny dropped and I understood that all of the Bible contains the Gospel of Jesus Christ - all of the Bible. As David Murray, author of Jesus On Every Page (reviewed here) puts it, I found that there are 39 more gospel accounts I had ignored before. The … Continue reading The Old Testament According to The Book of Hebrews
2017 marks the 500 year anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. What better year is there to read some of Martin Luther's writings? While I've read many a quote from Luther in other books, I'd never actually read any of his own books or treatises until now. So I started with his Treatise on Good Works, … Continue reading My library: Martin Luther’s Treatise on Good Works
"Christ was made like unto us, that He might be tempted; and we are tempted that we may be made like unto Christ." I read John Owen's Sin & Temptation and couldn't recommend it any more highly.
Moving on from narratives and law, we will now consider the prophetic books of the Old Testament. This broad category covers the books Isaiah through Malachi. Typically, one distinguishes between 4 major prophets (Isaiah - Daniel) and 12 minor prophets (Hosea - Malachi). Major and minor addresses the size of the book rather than its … Continue reading How to read well: The Prophets