In this WWW: Five theses on anti-intellectualism; “The Anti-Beatitudes, as taught by Satan”; fundamentals for a new reformation; “single, satisfied, and sent: mission for the not-yet-married”; cautions before engaging in controversy; the gospel and Biblical theology in poetry; and more conference media.
- In this epigrammatic post Justin Taylor provides five theses on anti-intellectualism, along with some book suggestions. “The scandal of the evangelical mind is that there is not much of an evangelical mind.” — Mark Noll.
- In “The Anti-Beatitudes, as taught by Satan“, Stephen Altrogge turns Jesus’ Beatitudes (Matthew 5) on their head. Reminiscent of C.S. Lewis’s Screwtape, this is a helpful way of understanding, by their inversion, what the Beatitudes mean and how they play out in life. “Blessed are those who cause strife, create division, relish controversy, and pit one man against another, for they shall be called sons of Satan.” HT: Trevin Wax.
- Steven Lawson highlights three fundamental commitments needed for a new reformation. “If such a spiritual awakening is to come, there must be a new generation of heralds, men like Martin Luther, who are bold and biblical in their pulpit proclamation. They must have a high view of Scripture, a high view of God, and a high view of the pulpit.”
- In “Single, Satisfied, and Sent” on the DesiringGod blog, Marshall Segal writes to the “not-yet-married” about the temptations and the privileges of the season of singleness. “For the not-yet-married, our (temporary) singleness is a gift… A season of singleness is not merely the minor leagues of marriage. It has the potential to be a unique period of undivided devotion to Christ and undistracted ministry to others.”
- “How do we contend for the one, true faith while striving for peace and unity in the church?” asks Burk Parsons. Drawing from the wisdom of John Newton, he offers ten questions to consider before engaging in controversy. On a similar note, Tim Challies wrote on responding to controversy online in “The blogs, the battles and the gospel“.
- i recently came across a poem, God Answers by John Piper, in which he recounts the gospel with hard-hitting economy. And James Hamilton wrote a poem, As Deserts Are with Sands, in which he encapsulates the big story of the Bible, for a recent conference at which he presented five talks on “Finding your place in God’s story“.
- Media from further recent conferences is now available. The Gospel at Work conference features excellent keynotes on a Biblical Theology of Work, Work as Worship, Work as Discipleship, Work as Calling, and Work as Faithfulness. (The March-April 9Marks Journal, just published, is also deeply relevant: “Pastoring Christians for the Workplace“.) Shepherds’ Conference, 9Marks at Southern (on expository preaching), truthXchange 2013 Think Tank (on “The Coming Pagan ‘Utopia’: Christian Witness in Tough Times”), and the Next 2012 Conference and Pastors’ 2012 Conference from Sovereign Grace Ministries are now also available.