Last night I was reviewing the latest blog post over at Ligonier Ministries and it was so good that I felt might be useful to repost here. Keith Mathison is three parts into a series on what he’s titled ‘An Introduction to Orthodox Christology’. It’s a look at the entire Bible – in parts – and how we understand different part of the OT (and I assume the NT in future blog posts) to be speaking of Christ. As you might know, the ending “ology” means “the study of”. So “Christology” is naturally “the study of all things pertaining to Christ.”
The post I read last night was focused on 2 Samuel and some of the Psalms and was really enjoyable. It’s a little on the heavy side for those who might not regularly read scholarly work, but I think you’ll find it fascinating if you’ve never examined some of these things before, and I urge you to at least give it a skimming!
Post 1: Why Christology is Important
Post 2: The Pentateuch
Post 3: The Historical Books and Psalms
Soli Deo Gloria!
Last night I had the privilege of giving a brief testimony of how God has used Dr. R.C. Sproul and Ligonier Ministries in my life. Below is the video from the dinner – I hope you enjoy, and are edified by the content. It was an extremely encouraging evening. Katie and I went together and are in the midst of attending the Ligonier National Conference here in Orlando as I type this. For more information about Ligonier you can visit them here. I can’t say enough about this fantastic ministry. They really do a lot to train people and bridge that gap between sunday school and seminary.
Not everyone may know this, but today is Reformation Day. So instead of celebrating a pagan holiday that has basically no redeeming value whatsoever, here is an alternative. Reformation Day is the celebration of the day (Oct. 31, 1517) Martin Luther nailed his 95 thesis to the church door in Wittenburg. This action led to the Protestant Reformation, and the spread of the gospel in places that had long since been in darkness.
In celebration of this great day, my good friends at Ligonier Ministries are offering a free download of their 10 message teaching series called ‘Luther and the Reformation’. This is a great series, and will help you learn not only about the Reformation, but about the man who was instrumental in bringing it about – and the God who worked through him to do so!
Also – the Gospel Coalition have posted ‘9 things you should know about Halloween and Reformation Day’. Check it out!
This past weekend I was down in Orlando at the Ligonier Ministries National Conference and had the opportunity to hear from a number of great speakers. Perhaps the message that left the biggest impression on me was the one Ravi Zacharias gave on the Resurrection.
I wanted to give you the opportunity to listen to the message and pass it along to others who might benefit (skeptics, doubters, and fellow Christians). Below is the message:
He is Risen Indeed
The Apostle Paul tells us that if Jesus is not risen from the dead, our faith is in vain. Yet, many professing Christians deny the physical resurrection of Christ. In this message, Dr. Ravi Zacharias will give a defense of the bodily resurrection of Jesus against modernist skeptics inside and outside the church and against postmoderns who don’t think it matters. He will explain that if Jesus is risen, nothing else matters, and that if Jesus is not risen, nothing else matters.
CLICK HERE TO SEE THE MESSAGE
A few weeks ago while I was at the Ligonier National Conference, it was suggested that several of us start reading and discussing Steven Lawson’s Pillars of Grace. So I have put together a summer reading and discussion program for whoever wants to be involved. Parris Payden will be launching our discussion site (likely to just be a Facebook page) here in the coming weeks. In the meantime, take a look Pillars of Grace Syllabus, and investigate more about the book here.
WHEN: The “class” begins the first week of June and goes through the end of August.
RSVP: Please let PJ know if you’re interested in joining the group for this study and we’ll get you signed up and pass along more information: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Amazon summary is this:
The doctrines of grace are often known as the five points of Calvinism, but they were not the invention of John Calvin or his reforming cohorts of the sixteenth century. Rather, they are biblical doctrines, as Dr. Steven J. Lawson demonstrated in his book Foundations of Grace (2006). Now, in Pillars of Grace, Dr. Lawson shows that the doctrines of grace have been understood and taught sometimes in embryonic form, sometimes with great clarity throughout church history. From the time of the early church fathers to the years of the Reformers, there have been key men in the church, pillars as it were, who stood on the foundation of Scripture and upheld the truth of God’s sovereign role in salvation.
In Pillars of Grace, Dr. Lawson walks readers through the ups and downs of church history, profiling these voices for the truth. The inescapable conclusion is that the doctrines of grace are no innovation, but the consistent witness of some of the greatest men of the church.