In this WWW: What’s the point of marriage? — three books on marriage; ten sure signs we’ve lost our minds; word studies; Dr Tim McGrew on the reliability of the gospels; why the afterlife bores us; reading; Christians in business; preparing for suffering; and conference media from Ligonier and Desiring God.
- A review-article in The Briefing asks, “What’s the point of marriage?” and in answering provides mini-reviews of three excellent books on marriage: John Piper’s This Momentary Marriage, Tim Keller’s The Meaning of Marriage, and Christopher Ash’s Married for God.
- Trevin Wax at The Gospel Coalition highlights ten sure signs we’ve lost our minds — ten stark inconsistencies held in contemporary discourse. “1. We worry about the shallowness and superficiality of online relationships, so we go to FaceBook and Twitter to register our concerns…”
- MDiv student Nick McDonald warns of seven ways to do a bad word study, and follows up with seven ways to do a good word study. HT: Trevin Wax
- Dr Tim McGrew, Professor of Philosophy at Western Michigan University, presented five lectures on the reliability of the gospels. McGrew is a scholar’s scholar and a clear and engaging speaker, and this is a series of lectures well worth watching. There are more resources by McGrew at Apologetics315. HT: Carson Weitnauer
- Russel Moore asks why the afterlife bores us. “Imagine a couple referring to their marriage as their ‘after-love.’…”
- Kevin DeYoung at TGC provides encouragement and reasons why pastors should read over their heads (the same could be applied to seminarians and all Christians), and then goes on to supply some suggestions in a beginner’s guide to reading over your head. And also on the subject of reading in the life of the church, 9Marks pointed to seven ways to create a reading culture in your church. (The video with Mark Dever is worth listening to.)
- There have been a number of excellent articles on Christians in the marketplace. Jeremy Walker at reformation21 posted suggested reading for Christians in business. On the 9Marks blog, Lukas Naugle posted seven things pastors should teach those in the marketplace. And here are five ways to find joy in a job you don’t love, from Joseph Rhea at the TGC blog.
- Jonathan Parnell of DesiringGod reflects on how Christians prepare for suffering, taking Paul’s own considerable suffering as a starting point, and considering it in light of Philippians 3:7-8. “This means that if we treasure Jesus, then every aspect of suffering in our lives is losing something we have already declared as loss.”
- There have been a number of big conferences lately, for which media are now available to stream or download. The theme of the 2013 Desiring God Conference for Pastors, addressed by Mark Dever, Kent Hughes, Tope Koleoso, Jason Meyer, Darrin Patrick, John Piper, Tony Reinke, and Mack Stiles, was “Brothers, We Are Still Not Professionals: Reclaiming the Centrality of the Supernatural in Ministry“. At the Ligonier 2013 National Conference, Alistair Begg, Sinclair Ferguson, Steven Lawson, R.C. Sproul Jr, R.C. Sproul, Cal Thomas, and Ravi Zacharias considered the theme “No Compromise: Standing for the Truth of God’s Word“.