Curated links for your weekend reading:
In any given year, the top three theology stories of 2020 would each claim #1.
Over the past couple of weeks the blogs and sites I read have been humming with list after list of the top books of 2020. With that in mind, and based on perhaps 20 or 25 such lists, I analyzed them and narrowed it down to just a few books that received a lot of attention.
Here are a few suggestions I offer in The Wisdom Pyramid for how to choose which books to prioritize.
This is why these seven letters are the answer key or application guide for the rest of the book. The challenges these churches faced were historically specific, but also universal. They function as mirrors — like all great stories do — for our own experiences and challenges.
While we can’t know for certain that this is where December 25 came from—and we certainly can’t be dogmatic about the historicity of the date—there is much better ancient evidence to suggest that our date for Christmas is tied to Christ’s death and conception than tied to the pagan celebrations of Saturnalia and Sol Invictus.
To argue that we may disobey an authority on the basis that “the magistrate does not fulfil these duties, or steps beyond them” is neither exegetically warranted nor within the realm of historical evangelical interpretation.
I can’t think of a better goal than becoming someone who loves God’s Word, exults in Christ, develops the spiritual muscles of prayer and fellowship with the saints, and becomes increasingly bored with the trivialities of our age.