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The Need to Read Real Men PDF Print E-mail
Written by Brad Green   
Monday, 24 March 2014 12:15

Having been at this a while (I am 48), I am increasingly convinced that one truly needs to find some real men, and learn from them.  They are a dying breed.  My dad is a real man.  And if you want to be a real man, seek them out.  Here is a piece by someone who is not afraid to speak his mind, Clyde Wilson: "Liberalism and its Discontents."



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Jeffrey Niehaus on War, Covenant, Hearts PDF Print E-mail
Written by Brad Green   
Monday, 10 February 2014 09:38

Just a quick note here, quoting from Jeffrey J. Niehaus' essay, "The Warrior and His God: The Covenant Foundation of History and Geography," in A.R. Millard, J.K. Hoffmeier, and David W. Baker, Faith, Tradition, and History: Old Testament Historiography in Its Near Eastern Context.

Niehaus teaches Old Testament at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, and I found the conclusion to his essay fascinating.

To quote (p. 312):

"It becomes obvious that certain war practices and theological assertions were common to Assyria and Israel--and indeed I suggest, throughout the ancient Near East.  In both cases the king or leader marched at the command of his god.  He always proceeded with the help of his god, because (supposedly) a trusting relationship existed between them.  One way in which a god might, and often did, help his elect king in battle was to interfere with the 'heart' or the psyche of the enemy, so as to work his defeat."

In the New Testament Paul uses military imagery to depict the spiritual warfare with which Christians are to engage.  Instead of following the spirit of the age, and "de-militarizing" the language of the New Testament (and indeed of the Old Testament too), why not simply trust that such language might be there for a reason?  God is indeed involved in "battle"--and Christians are to put on various bits of "armor" (Ephesians 6) to enable them to resist the evil one, and to advance God's purposes.  We engage in battle too--but always through being in Christ.  As Christians we proclaim the gospel, trusting and praying that the gospel itself is the power of God to "interfere" with the hearts of listeners.  We are engaged in sharing the gospel in order to "defeat" the non-Christian--but it is a defeat which inextricably is followed by the "victory"/resurrection of the new person, whose heart has been changed by the power of the gospel.



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Last Updated ( Wednesday, 19 March 2014 04:20 )
 
Using Tyndale House Library from a Distance! PDF Print E-mail
Written by Brad Green   
Monday, 03 February 2014 05:30

Friends:

The library at Tyndale House (Cambridge) is accessible to you at a distance.  Tyndale House is one of the finest biblical studies libraries in the world.  You can access their resources through their scanning service (which is not costly).

Here are two You Tube links to help you get started:

Link 1

Link 2

Enjoy!



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Augustine Course this Spring at Union University PDF Print E-mail
Written by Brad Green   
Friday, 01 November 2013 14:18

I will be teaching a course this spring: "Great Texts and Theologians I".  The emphasis of the course will be on Augustine.  I will actually be teaching it long-distance, while our family is in Cambrige, England.

It should be a lot of good reading.  We will read mainly Augustine himself, and wrestle with the life and thought of the Doctor of Grace.  If you are interested, please contact me.

The main texts will likely be:

William Harmless, Augustine in His Own Words

Matthew Levering, The Theology of Augustine

Please let me know if you have any questions!



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Last Updated ( Friday, 01 November 2013 14:21 )
 
Joseph Sobran on Reading Old Books PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 23 October 2013 12:09

Joseph Sobran was a superb writer.  Here is a short essay by him on the reading of Old Books.



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