Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Around the web
Here are some links to posts and articles, of varying lengths, that I hope will stimulate your thinking:
D. A. Carson's Themelios editorial on polemical theology
David Strain offers some great diagnostic questions about spiritual health
Are you a five point Calvinist? Are you familiar with the historic references to, and articulation of, those points by Calvinists? Ken Stewart's article "The Points of Calvinism: Retrospect and Prospect" (Scottish Bulletin of Evangelical Theology, 2008) will make you think.
Ever read J. I. Packer's What did the cross achieve? The logic of penal substitution? You must set aside time to do this.
Tearfund and Livability (formerly the Shaftesbury Society) have formed a partnership called Community Mission. They say that they "believe in faith in action and that a commitment to integral mission is at the heart of the gospel." Have a read of their documents What is the Gospel? and What does salvation mean for your local community? They leave you with the distinct impression that we do not really need a Saviour who is both God and man, nor is it clear as to exactly why we need his atoning work. Instead we have the Victorian liberal Jesus, the great example and exhorter, and a downplaying of the centrality of the atonement.