Midweek Roundup - 1/15/14

Each Wednesday we like to share some recent links that we found informative, insightful, or helpful. These are often 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.

1.  David Gibson responds to Andrew Wilson's review of From Heaven He Came and Sought Her

Andrew engages the book on two levels. First, the standard reviewer’s approach of evaluating conclusions drawn and answers given but secondly, and much more interestingly, he asks whether the book is even asking the right questions, so much so that the matter of how we do theology is up for grabs. This is delightful to read as an editor of the volume, for we intended the first chapter in the book to be precisely an essay in theological method and to raise exactly the kind of questions about questions which Andrew is asking. He even wonders if he is offering a “normal review” (although any review which concludes by summarising four sections of the book is still offering an overall perspective), but I certainly think it’s this kind of review which is potentially fruitful whether we reach agreement or not.

2. The Gospel Coalition interviews David Wells about God in the Whirlwind

What are you aiming to do in God in the Whirlwind that you haven't already accomplished in previous books?

Apparently nothing, according to Christianity Today, who got their foot in the door a month before the book was due to appear! God in the Whirlwind, they claim, is just a rehash of older thoughts. Had they been correct, it would've been so much easier to write than it was!   

What I've done in God in the Whirlwind is respond to what some critics have said over the years. They've complained that while I've exposed plenty of problems in society and in the church, I haven't lifted a finger to show the way out. So that's what I've tried to do in this book.

3. Video: Justin Holcomb, Trillia Newbell, and Scotty Smith discuss what it takes to prevent sexual abuse in the church

Caring for victims of sexual abuse is crucial. But what if it didn't need to come to that? What if we were exercising better preventative care in our churches?

In this roundtable video, Trillia Newbell, Scotty Smith, and Justin Holcomb discuss how churches can more intentionally and effectively preempt abuse. ...

Instituting clear policies and procedures is a powerful way of saying We don't put up with this here, adds Holcomb, co-author of Rid of My Disgrace: Hope and Healing for Victims of Sexual Assault (Crossway, 2011). "Far from being anti-grace, policies are actually the enactment of grace for our children."

4. Denny Burk reflects on egalitarianism and the functional authority of Scripture

Sarah Bessey, author of Jesus Feminist, has a lengthy blog post expressing her disagreement with Candace Cameron Bure. Last week, Bure was in the news for defending a complementarian view of gender roles. Bessey argues that Bure’s decision to submit to her husband is both unbiblical and harmful to women. Bessey’s remarks are pretty standard egalitarian fare. There’s nothing really new at all in her critique of complementarianism.

Nevertheless, there was one line in her post that jumped off of the page at me. It stood out not because it is new, but because it is “Exhibit A” of what is wrong with egalitarian exegesis.

5. Video: Kent Hughes talks about liberating ministry from "success syndrome"