Every Wednesday we like to share some recent links that we found informative, insightful, or helpful. These links will often be related to Crossway books, Bibles, or authors—but not always. We hope this list is an interesting break for the middle of your week, encouraging your faith and equipping you for life and ministry.
Rick Warren is correct when he says, in the forward, that this book is unique in its approach. I did my Th. M. thesis in understanding a biblical approach to poverty, and I don’t know of a similar book. The one difficulty of a work like this is the application; what can I possibly do with this truth? I’m not governing a third-world country, nor are any of my friends. Grudem and Asmus are undeterred though. They tell me (on page 305) that I can preach against ill-gotten wealth, bribes, immoral taxes and the like. I can ensure that my church’s STM trips don’t exasperate poverty, and I can do what I can to get the truths of this book into the hands of those who lead aid organizations.
So let’s begin with the most obvious question: What Is Biblical Theology?
I define biblical theology as the attempt to understand and embrace the interpretive perspective of the biblical authors. It’s not systematic theology, which organizes what the Bible teaches by topics (and can be more philosophical, depending on who is doing it). It’s not Theological Interpretation of Scripture, which, it seems to me, is the attempt to read every passage of Scripture from the perspective of one’s Systematic conclusions (in some ways TIS seems to be a move toward Biblical Theology from the Systematic wing).
Last Friday, the estimable Peter Leithart posted a little manifesto in his column space at First Things, declaring “The End of Protestantism.” I didn’t like the piece at all. In fact, for a moment I entertained the theory that somebody had hacked his account and posted a satire. Leithart is after all one of a handful of contemporary theologians who actually writes with a personal style, with a voice that could be imitated. And this piece just seemed too over the top, badly considered, and hastily dashed off to be real Leithart.
In this episode of the Author Talks with Shaun Tabatt Podcast I interview Justin Holcomb about his book On the Grace of God (Crossway, 2013).
Denny Burk, associate professor of Biblical Studies at Boyce College, joins Russell D. Moore, president of ERLC, to talk about life, pleasing God, and his new book What is the Meaning of Sex?.