From Dr. Richard Trucks of Third Presbyterian Church in Birmingham, here is a message based on James 3:1-12, titled “Taming the Tongue.” This is certainly an area of life with which most of us struggle from time to time, and Dr. Trucks has some very good thoughts on “Taming the Tongue.”
From the Rev. Vaughan Roberts of St. Ebbe’s Church in the United Kingdom, here is a thoughtful audio message based on Revelation 14, titled “The Harvest” that you can hear. This is the ninth in a series on “I Saw Heaven Open”, on some passages in Revelation, and this is a very good series of messages.
Speaking at Laity Lodge in Texas, Dr. J.I. Packer gave a series of messages on 1 Timothy that are (as you would expect) quite good. Below is the audio of the second session – see what you think.
Here is an interview by Nancy Guthrie where she talks with Dr. George Guthrie about how to teach 2 Corinthians. Dr. Guthrie is Professor of Bible at Union University in Jackson, Tennessee. According to the notes for the interview,
Guthrie provides clarity on the “triumphal procession,” our transformation “from one degree of glory to another,” as well as how to teach on financial giving in a way that captures the beauty of the passage. Guthrie has participated in numerous Bible translation projects and wrote Read the Bible for Life: Your Guide to Understanding and Living God’s Word as well as the volume on 2 Corinthians in the Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament series.
I think this could be quite helpful for anyone seeking to teach 2 Corinthians.
I thought I’d mention an interesting apologetics blog I came across today: Modern Day Hysteria, by James Kunz. He has only started this project in the last few months but I like what I see so far. You can see what he says about his work below – please check it out.
Every now and then someone will ask about The Books of Homilies and whether there is a modern version of that work. As it happens Michael Lilly left a comment on the blog and advised that there is a text that came out in January of this year – “The Books of Homilies: a Critical Edition” by Prof. Gerald Bray. It is a bit pricey in hardcover but I can assure you that anything by Prof. Bray is worth reading, if you are looking for material on this topic.
Thanks to Michael for mentioning this.
Here are some sobering thoughts on the situation in Venezuela from Stefan Molyneux. One has to ask: what does this crisis in Venezuela mean for other countries, and could it happen elsewhere?
Continuing with his series on the Book of Acts, here is another message from Phillip Jensen, titled “Acts Comes to an End”. It is based on Acts 28:11-31, and is the last of these messages in the series on Acts. As it happens, I could not find this one in video, but here is an audio of the message.
I’ve noticed something of a cultural shift in the way we evangelicals talk about the human condition: more and more, we are ‘broken’, rather than ‘sinners’—people who act out of our ‘brokenness’, not our ‘sin’, rebellion’, ‘disobedience’ or ‘rejection’ of God. And I’m not convinced this shift is all good.
And I would have to agree that this is not all good. Referring to ourselves as “broken” rather than “sinners” or “rebels against God” has seemed to me to be trying to avoid seeing us as how an all-holy, all-righteous God must see us. But Claire Smith has done a far better job of explaining the pitfalls in this language – and she lists no fewer than ten such possible pitfalls in Broken bad. This is an essay well worth pondering. (Hat tip: Anglican Church League)