I always carry a notebook with me to scribble reminders, ideas, quotes, and brief accounts of various events. Consider it my version of a social network without the social component. I also bookmark a lot of online articles I find interesting and useful for future reference. This page is where I share some of those notes and links.
- “What God demands of his image-bearers, what he has always demanded, is righteousness—but in this sinful race what he accepts, crediting it as righteousness, is faith, faith that acknowledges our dependence upon God and takes God at his word.” (For the Love of God (Vol. 1): A Daily Companion for Discovering the Riches of God’s Word)
- “For Joshua, the lesson was quite clear: the majority is not always right. In fact, it is very often wrong. The men God uses have always stood against the flow—Luther, John Knox, John Fox, William Wilberforce, William Booth, William Carey, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, and more. How we need to remember this. Ours is a day when truth is determined by consensus, when justice is struck by a 5-4 vote, when ‘everybody is doing it’ has become the pervasive rationale for behavior, when Thomas Jefferson’s fear of the tyranny of the majority is a reality. Spiritual leaders do not necessarily go along with the majority opinion.” (Disciplines of a Godly Man)
- “The widely stated notion ‘all sin is alike to God’ is not grounded in Scripture.” (Is All Sin the Same to God and Therefore Punished the Same in Hell?)
- “The great Christian heresies vary wildly in their theological substance, but almost all have in common a desire to resolve Christianity’s contradictions, untie its knotty paradoxes, and produce a cleaner and more coherent faith.” —Ross Douthat, Bad Religion
- Winston: The typewriter simulator for macOS. This app is kind of fun.
- Alisa Childers has persuaded me to re-read Augustine’s Confessions: How a Fifth-Century Church Father Saved My Faith
- In-depth reviews of the relatively new Christian Standard Bible are hard to find. This one is the most thorough I’ve read: “A Review of the Christian Standard Bible” by Mark L. Strauss. Spoiler alert: He likes it, saying it “represents a nice balance between formal and functional equivalence.”
- While I understand the arguments for “essentially literal” translations of the Bible—I’ve read more than a few books in defense of the KJV, NASB, ESV, etc.—Mark Strauss makes several excellent points in his paper, “Why the English Standard Version (ESV) Should not become the Standard English Version”. “The ultimate goal of Bible translation,” he writes, “is to clearly and accurately communicate the meaning of God’s inspired and authoritative Word.” Agreed.
- “As strange as it sounds, we can’t afford to waste the opportunities a funeral provides.” (Should We Trade in Funerals for “Celebrations of Life”?)
- The price of the latest Kindle Paperwhite just dropped $40. It’s only $85 for what I’m sure will be a limited time.
- “Only God can make you happy.” —Sam Waldron, preaching at Grace Fellowship Church
- Now reading: Stein on Writing: A Master Editor Shares His Craft, Techniques, and Strategies by Sol Stein
- An Evaluation of the Work of Charles Surrett on the New King James Version (As Mark Ward points out, a lot of judgment calls are required when translating the Bible. A comparison between the KJV and NKJV is not winner-take-all.)
- “The Bible does not teach perfect preservation. Even if it did, it doesn’t tell us how to locate the perfectly preserved text among all the variants out there.” (An Evaluation of the Work of Charles Surrett on Preservation)
- A Good Funeral is a Blessing to the Soul
- Free audiobook through the month of January: Competing Spectacles: Treasuring Christ in the Media Age by Tony Reinke
- Long articles about textual criticism probably don’t interest or even benefit many people, but I enjoy reading the history of my Bible. This post on 1 John 5:7-8 goes deeper than most on the controversial matter of the Comma Johanneum: The Greek Manuscripts of the Comma Johanneum (1 John 5:7–8)