Just some stuff I found on the web lately.
At the top of my list, for obvious reasons, is Ben Witherington’s fine post on “The Death of the Bookstore.” The whole post is very good but I loved this part:
“Knowledge may be getting cheaper in the Internet and digital age, but it is also being cheapened in the process.
What I mean by that last sentence is, that I have to regularly tell students that you cannot trust a great deal of the stuff that is free on the Internet. Some of it you can, but you have to be able to critically evaluate which is which. And most students are not capable without help of doing so. There is usually a good reason why a book is free on the Internet somewhere: 1) it is out of print; 2) it is so old it is in the public domain anyway; 3) it is crap. What you will not get for free on the Internet in 98% of the cases is cutting edge good critical up to date scholarship on some subject.”
Michael Horton reviews the very popular devotional Jesus Calling by Sarah Young. In part he writes,
“In terms of method, then, Jesus Calling is a “something more” book. At the very least, I believe that it encourages believers to see God’s Word as hum-drum and to ascend into the heavens or descend to the depths to discover a word that will make Jesus more present in our daily lives. According to the Reformation stream of evangelicalism, God speaks to us in his Word (the arrow pointing down from God to us) and we speak to him in prayer (the arrow directed up to God). However, Jesus Calling confuses the direction of these arrows, blurring the distinction between God’s speech and our response.”
Justin Taylor offers a nice chart of a Chronology of Augustine’s Confession.
Jeff from the Scripture Zealot has a interesting quote from John Gill. His post is entitled “Studying Will Wear You Out.” Here’s part of it:
“and much study is a weariness of the flesh; the study of languages, and of each of the arts and sciences, and of various subjects in philosophy and divinity, particularly in writing books on any of these subjects; which study is as fatiguing to the body, and brings as much weariness on it, as any manual and mechanic operation; it dries up the moisture of the body, consumes the spirits, and gradually and insensibly impairs health, and brings on weakness, as well as weariness.”
My friend Paul Adams asks, “Did Christianity Procure It’s Practice of Water Baptism from Judaism?”