Inerrancy and Infallibility: What’s the Difference?

Over the last few weeks, Dave Jenkins and I have been looking at the big question of inerrancy. What does it mean? Where did the idea come from? What does it mean if we lose it? Today, I want to quickly look at a nagging issue that comes up again and again in conversations and debates surrounding the inerrancy of Scripture and that is the issue of infallibility.

Understanding Inerrancy: A Quick Recap

As was stated in the first post in this series, inerrancy means that the Bible is entirely truthful and reliable in all that it affirms in the original manuscripts. At the risk of oversimplifying, inerrancy means that the Bible is free from error. Because God is truthful (cf. Titus 1:2 among others), and the testimony of Scripture is that it itself is “God-breathed” (what theologians have referred to as “verbal plenary inspiration”)1 we can trust that what He has said, through authors inspired by the Holy Spirit, is true.

So that, at it’s most basic level, is the idea behind inerrancy. But what about infallibility?

Understanding Infallibility

Infallibility is closely related to inerrancy, yet distinct. In fact, infallibility is a much stronger term than inerrancy in many respects. To say that the Bible is infallible is not simply to say that it is free from error, but that it is incapable of erring. The Chicago Statement on Biblical Inerrancy is extremely helpful on this point:

We affirm that Scripture, having been given by divine inspiration, is infallible, so that, far from misleading us, it is true and reliable in all the matters it addresses. We deny that it is possible for the Bible to be at the same time infallible and errant in its assertions. Infallibility and inerrancy may be distinguished, but not separated.2

So, can something or someone be fallible yet still inerrant? Theoretically, yes. Here’s what I mean: It is possible for a person who is capable of erring (making a mistake) to not err. He or she is fallible, yet made no error. But what about the reverse? Is it possible for someone to be infallible, yet err?

Not at all. If infallibility means being incapable of error, then it is not possible in any way, shape or form.

This again draws us back to the source of Scripture, that being God. If God is indeed perfect, always true, always doing exactly what He promises and always doing what is right, then it is impossible for Him to err. He is not only free from error, but incapable of committing it. Thus, if Scripture is truly inspired of God, if it is truly all that it claims to be, then it too is incapable of committing error. It is infallible and inerrant. 

Infallibility addresses possibility—inerrancy addresses fact. They are distinct, but they are inseparable.

Seek Holiness in Christ, Not in Your Experiences of Him

Flee often to Christ in the sacraments. Faith in Him is a powerful motivator for holiness, since faith and the love of sin do not mix. Be careful, however, not to seek holiness in your experiences of Christ, but rather in Christ Himself. William Gurnall admonishes: “When thou trustest in Christ within thee, instead of Christ without thee, thou settest Christ against Christ. The bride does well to esteem her husband’s picture, but it were ridiculous if she should love it better than himself, much more if she should go to it rather than to him to supply her wants. Yet thou actest thus when thou art more fond of Christ’s image in thy soul than of him who painted it there.”

Joel R. Beeke, Living for God’s Glory: An Introduction to Calvinism (Kindle Edition)

A Scriptural Formula For Holy Living

In his book Living for God’s Glory, Joel Beeke offers several diagnostic questions based on 1 Corinthians that provide, as he calls it, a biblical formula for holy living before God and man:

1. Does this glorify God? (1 Cor. 10:31)

2. Is this consistent with the lordship of Christ? (1 Cor. 7:23)

3. Is this consistent with biblical examples? (1 Cor. 11:1)

4. Is this lawful and beneficial for me-spiritually, mentally, and physically? (1 Cor. 6:9-12)

5. Does this help others positively and not hurt others unnecessarily? (1 Cor. 10:33; 8:13)

6. Does this bring me under any enslaving power? (1 Cor. 6:12)

These are wise questions to consider—ones that force us to look beyond ourselves and toward how our actions might affect other people and our witness to God—whenever we find ourselves hesitating over a course of action.

Book Review: Getting Back in the Race by Joel R. Beeke

We’ve all heard the term “backsliding” before, but what does it really mean? And just as importantly is there a cure? These questions are at the heart of Dr. Joel Beeke’s new book, Getting Back in the Race: The Cure for Backsliding. In this concise work, Beeke gives readers a biblical understanding of the problem of backsliding and introducing the remedy that Scripture offers.

What is Backsliding?

Christians must anticipate a life that is a continual cycle of sin and repentance. This, sadly, is what we must expect, even as we are gradually transformed more and more into the image of Christ. But backsliding is something outside the ordinary cycle of sin and repentance, and despite what you may have heard in a bad sermon, not every sin we commit is evidence of backsliding.

So what is backsliding, then? Backsliding, Beeke explains, is “a season of increasing sin and decreasing obedience in those who profess to be Christians. . . . [it] means to depart from the Word and the ways of the Lord” (pp. 16-17). Simply, it’s an ongoing, habitual pattern of sin and rebellion—one that, the longer in which we persist, the more our claim to be a Christian is necessarily called into question for “repentance is the essence of true Christianity (Acts 2:38; 20:21; 26:18,20)” (p. 16).

Beeke’s distinction between individual acts of sin and a habitual pattern is important. If every sin we ever committed were evidence of backsliding, we’d be left without a hint or hope of confidence that our salvation has surely been accomplished—and that the Holy Spirit is indeed at work within us (cf. Eph. 3:20). But this hopeless view is not what the Scriptures offer, despite the seriousness of backsliding.

And make no mistake, backsliding is a serious matter.

Why is Backsliding a Serious Matter?

“The worst thing about backsliding is that it casts discredit on the name of the God who has given us so much grace,” Beeke says.

How it should wound God’s people daily: “I am a backslider against him who gave himself up to death for six long, torturous hours hung upon a cross while mockers stood before him, saying, ‘Come down if thou be the Christ.” The life of a backslider is an insult to Christ’s love displayed for us at the cross. (p. 36)

This is a profound indictment. To call oneself a Christian, yet live in habitual, ongoing, unrepentant sin… the very thought should drive every one of us to our knees, pleading with Christ that we not fall prey to our natural inclination to wander. And as I read, I did find myself asking that I not fall prey, even as I began to recognize some of the warning signs that, if left unchecked would almost certainly lead to backsliding (see p. 22).

Having recently come through a season that is perhaps the closest I’ve every come to burnout, I could certainly recognize a sense of inner corruption and a level of comfort with the world (particularly in terms of language) that I’d not experienced since my earliest days as a Christian. Swearing might not seem to be a big thing for many, but I used to have quite a potty-mouth (seriously, I could have probably made your average hip-hop artist blush). So to hear my wife tell me (even as recently as a few days ago) tell me that I’ve been swearing a lot lately has caused me to take notice and seek the Lord’s assistance in restoring joy to my soul.

What is the Cure?

So what is the cure for backsliding? How can a believer who has stumbled severely get back into the race? Beeke reminds us that it is but by the grace of God that we can recover as we pursue true repentance, the true use of the means of grace (prayer and the Word), and a true reaffirmation of our faith. But all of these are things we can only pursue when we’ve received the grace of God—when we recognize that we are truly and utterly dependent on Him in all things, even in our restoration. “Until God is your only hope, God will not be your only hope,” as another author puts it so well.

And this is what makes this book so important for its readers—it is a book firmly rooted in the grace of God. We cannot escape our need for grace. It’s grace that brings us to Christ and grace that keeps us with Him until the end. It’s grace that allows us to obey and grace that calls us back when we rebel. It’s grace that allows us to run the race and grace that allows us to get back up when we stumble and fall.

Getting Back in the Race: The Cure for Backsliding is a beautifully written book, one that is saturated by the Word of God. As an author, one of Beeke’s greatest gifts is his reliance upon the Scriptures, for rarely a paragraph goes by without some direct reference or allusion it it. Like a skillful surgeon, he uses the Word to cut to the heart of the problem of backsliding and to the promise of restoration. For those who have experienced backsliding or those who recognize the threat in their own lives, I trust this book will be a great gift.

Title: Getting Back in the Race: The Cure for Backsliding
Author: Joel R. Beeke
Publisher: Cruciform Press (2011)

5 Biblical Names We Won’t Be Using For Our Next Child

A few weeks back, I shared that Emily and I are expecting our third child. Last Thursday (November 24), we learned a couple of new details: one, the baby is due March 19th (the day after our oldest’s birthday!) and two, the baby is a boy!

With each of our children to this point, we’ve had an… interesting time trying to agree upon a name. With Abigail, we spent weeks going back and forth before deciding on her name (looking at both name meaning and, if they appear in Scripture, who the biblical example is). With Hannah, we were inspired by John 1:16, “For from his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace.”

But with this one, we’re not really sure what to go with. We’ve started batting around ideas (none of which we’ll be making public until his birth—we’ve got to keep something a surprise, yeah?), but have mostly agreed upon what we don’t like. No nouns, verbs or adjectives; nothing ethnically inappropriate; and nothing that’s guaranteed to get him beaten up daily at school.

One of the places we’ve naturally looked to to find ideas for names is the Bible, something not uncommon for Christian parents. While there are some pretty awesome names within its pages, there are quite a few that are just a terrible idea to ever name your child. Here are the top five that we’ve found so far that we won’t be using for our next child:

1. Mahlon. One of Naomi’s sons (see Ruth 1:2). His name means “Sick”—probably not a good idea to saddle a kid with that one. Speaking of Naomi’s kids…

2. Chilion. Naomi’s other son (Ruth 1:2). His name is equally cheery—it means “wasting away” or, even more simply, “dying.” One thing’s for sure with those names: The therapy bills will be through the roof.

3. Diklah. It may mean “palm grove,” but it sure doesn’t sound like “palm grove.”

4. Phinehas. Aaron’s grandson might have a “mouth of brass,” but phonetically this name sounds a bit too close to having a shiny rear-end.

5. Shearjashub. The symbolic name of Isaiah’s son (cf. Isa. 7:3) means “a remnant shall return.” It also means homeschooling is the only option for this kid.

So those are a few of the names we’ve found that we won’t be naming our next baby. If you’ve got any suggestions on what we might want to consider, let me know!

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The devil’s playbook

Ray Ortlund suggests four ways that the devil seeks to defeat Christians. Here’s number three:

A spirit of accusation. In Revelation 12:10 the devil is exposed as “the accuser.” Another of his designs is to pierce our hearts with accusing thoughts about our sins – or even sins we haven’t necessarily committed, but we fear we have, or others say we have. He spreads a mist of vague anxiety within ourselves and dark suspicion of others. How to defeat this defeat? Run to the cross for all our sins, and refuse to counter-accuse against our accusers. A calm explanation might help at the interpersonal level. But if the negative emotions are really intense, the only thing to do is not make the feeding-frenzy worse. Wait on God to vindicate you.

Read the whole thing.

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In Case You Missed It

Here are a few of this week’s notable posts:

Book Review: Earthen Vessels by Matthew Lee Anderson

Christmas Shopping for the Bible Guy (and Gal)!

Three Things You Can Do When You’re Reading a Bad Book

The Gift Before the Demand—my sermon notes from November 20th’s message at Tree of Life Church in Smithville, Ontario.

Richard Sibbes: “Nothing So Little as Grace at First

Peter Jensen: “The Bible is a Strange Book

Dave Jenkins on Inerrancy, the Church and the Cults

Nothing So Little as Grace at First

There are several ages in Christians, some babes, some young men. Faith may be as `a grain of mustard seed’ (Matt. 17:20). Nothing so little as grace at first, and nothing more glorious afterward. Things of greatest perfection are longest in coming to their growth. Man, the most perfect creature, comes to perfection by little and little; worthless things, as mushrooms and the like, like Jonah’s gourd, soon spring up, and soon vanish. A new creature is the most excellent creature in all the world, therefore it grows up by degrees. We see in nature that a mighty oak rises from an acorn. It is with a Christian as it was with Christ, who sprang out of the dead stock of Jesse, out of David’s family (Isa. 53:2), when it was at the lowest, but he grew up higher than the heavens. It is not with the trees of righteousness as it was with the trees of paradise, which were created all perfect at the first. The seeds of all the creatures in the present goodly frame of the world were hid in the chaos, in that confused mass at the first, out of which God commanded all creatures to arise. In the small seeds of plants lie hidden both bulk and branches, bud and fruit. In a few principles lie hidden all comfortable conclusions of holy truth. All these glorious fireworks of zeal and holiness in the saints had their beginning from a few sparks.

Richard Sibbes, The Bruised Reed (Kindle Edition)

The Gift Before the Demand

On November 20, 2011, I had the opportunity to preach at Tree of Life Church in Smithville, Ontario. The message was preached from Matthew 5:1-12. The audio is forthcoming—I hope you find my sermon notes below helpful.

When you’re reading your Bible, have you ever just stopped and wondered what it would have been like to be at the event being described? What would it have been like to see the Red Sea part? What would it have been like to see the sun stand still so the Israelites could defeat their enemies?

And what would it have been like to see Jesus preach the Sermon on the Mount?

This message, which begins in Matthew chapter five and continues through to the end of chapter seven, is without a doubt the most comprehensive collection of Jesus’ teaching that we have.

And it’s absolutely devastating, isn’t it? This teaching wrecked its hearers in Jesus’ day and continues to do so in our own. It flipped their world upside down as Jesus described what life in the kingdom of God is like. Why? Because the sermon’s powerful ethical teaching offers us a clear understanding of what is expected of God’s people—perfection.

In your love, in your actions, in all you say, think and do, “you therefore must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect,” Jesus says in Matt. 5:48.

Be perfect.

Can you imagine being part of that crowd and hearing Jesus say that God’s standard is perfection? How do you measure up?

You can’t. Read the whole thing and if you’re anything like me, you’ll be left in a little ball on the floor thinking, man, I suck! But here’s the good news: Jesus didn’t start with the demands of citizenship. He started with grace! And that’s what I want you to see today—Jesus, before He ever makes demands, gives grace.

Something we need to consider as we read the Sermon on the Mount—and particularly the Beatitudes, which we’ll look today—and the content of the sermon almost give the impression that perhaps he was standing with his hand outstretched as he preached with passion and thousands marveled as he taught.

But that’s not what we read in verse one. While some of Jesus’ listeners were present merely out of curiosity, he delivered this sermon to and for the benefit of his disciples. He was not talking to neutral observers, people on the fence. He was talking to the committed. Verse one tells us that, “Seeing the crowds, he went up on the mountain, and when he sat down, his disciples came to him.” So this is not a massive open-air preaching type event—this is not Paul at the Areopagus, it’s more like a fireside chat. “And,” the text says, “He opened His mouth and taught them, saying”,

“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

“Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.

“Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.

“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.

“Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.

“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.

“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.

“Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

“Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.” (Matthew 5:1-12 ESV)

So, what does Jesus tell His disciples in the Beatitudes? [Read more...]

The Bible is a Strange Book

The Bible is a strange book, and with every decade that passes, its strangeness becomes more apparent. it is virtually the sole survivor, in the western world at least, of the books of antiquity. Caesar, Plato and Augustine are still in print and read by any. But they have no audience even remotely comparable with the Bible. Its sayings and stories have entered the culture as no other book has. But biblical illiteracy is apparent, and where the Bible is read its message is not always understood. It is as if we have been asked to host a visitor from another culture, where the possibilities for misunderstanding are high. Such a visitor poses a threat to our own way of doing things by showing us alternatives we may never have thought of. Equally, we may judge the stranger by the mores of our own society and find him lacking for all the wrong reasons.

The human disciplines in whose name we question the integrity of the Bible do not have the last word. In many ways the Bible has always been an outsider, challenging its own contemporary culture as it challenges ours. The opening chapters of Genesis fitted no more comfortably with ancient cosmogonies than with our own; the Bible’s willingness to provide the human narrative from its origin to its destiny and to judge the meaning of it all in terms of good and evil always threatens the evaluation of those who do not have such a lofty viewpoint. But strange thous the Bible is, it is also perennial and profoundly human. The ancient wisdom of the Proverbs, the cries of the Psalms and the stories of the ‘former prophets’ speak recognizably to human experience to this day. Much of the church’s present-day unease with the Bible is all the wrong reasons, a tragic capitulation to worldliness. Like the cross, the Scripture is a paradox of God’s self-revelation — foolish to the cultured, but wise beyond all measure to those who are being saved.

Peter Jensen, The Revelation of God, pp. 203-204

Book Review: Earthen Vessels by Matthew Lee Anderson

An idea that gets thrown around a lot these days is being “incarnational.” We’re desperately trying to figure out how we are to live out our faith in the here and now—but we might have missed a step, suggests Matthew Lee Anderson. Before we can really figure out how to live our our faith, we need to understand why our bodies matter to our faith. That’s his goal in Earthen Vessels: Why Our Bodies Matter to Our Faith, where he seeks to help readers develop a theology of the body.

Anderson’s book is roughly divided into two parts—the first gives readers the theological framework for thinking about the body (chapters 1-4) and the second (chapters 5-11) deal heavily with a working doctrine of the body’s implications. When seeking to develop a theology of the body, Anderson (perhaps surprisingly) turns to a broader stream of thought, one that includes John Paul II’s work on the subject. This is helpful for readers as it drives the point home that we’ve done a pretty lousy job of addressing the topic directly. It’s not that evangelicals have been ambivalent or hostile toward the body per se, bu there is a sense in which “evangelical attempts at understanding the body’s role in our spiritual lives seems to have been dominantly reactive rather than proactive” (p. 41).

But why is it that we need to discuss this topic at all? Because how we think about the body directly affects how we live in the body. Or, as Anderson puts it, “What the body is shapes what the body does” (p. 53). So our view of the body directly impacts what we do with it. If we think of the body as a prison or a machine, we’re less likely to properly steward and enjoy it as God intended. But if we see the body in the way that Scripture describes it, which is that who we are (our inner life) is inextricable from what we are (embodied beings), then it changes everything. “What our bodies do, we do,” explains Anderson. “What we do to other animated bodies, we do to other persons” (p. 60). Because we are social creatures whose authority over creation has been divinely appointed, we can’t be reduced to the naked individual, choosing only the relationships we deem to have value, anymore than we can use our authority to “exploit creation for our own (broken) ends” (p. 78).

As Anderson digs deeper into the implications of our view of the body, he leaves few controversial subjects untouched. He looks at tattoos (chapter 6), he does so by asking what is a tattoo? Because the ancient practice of tattooing is incredibly distinct from our modern version (ours is primarily about aesthetic self-expression, where the ancient world’s was primarily about ownership, and thus a point of shame), we must be careful to examine both the Scriptures and our motivations for getting tattoos. Is it a means of self-expression or attempt at self-construction? Anderson’s handling of this subject is one of the highlights of this book. [Read more...]

Inerrancy, the Church and the Cults

Today’s post continuing our series on the doctrine of inerrancy is by Dave Jenkins, Director of Servants of Grace.

The doctrine of inerrancy means that the Bible is entirely truthful and reliable in all that it affirms in its original manuscripts. The Bible does not affirm anything that is contrary to fact. As Aaron pointed out last week, the Bible’s authority is derived from the character and authority of God. A tree has a root structure that supports the base and the weight of the tree. Inerrancy is the root structure and base upon which the doctrine of Scripture is built. God has given special revelation of Himself, and inspired His servants to record it. Believers want assurance that the Bible is a dependable source of revelation from and about God. The doctrine of inerrancy gives believers the assurance that God’s Word is without error, and entirely reliable in all that it teaches.

Inerrancy, the Church and Cults

There is evidence that when a theologian, school or a movement begins by regarding biblical inerrancy as unimportant or optional, and abandons this doctrine that such a move is frequently joined by other doctrines such as the deity of Christ or the Trinity. Church history is the laboratory in which theology tests its ideas. From church history one learns that moving away from the doctrine of inerrancy is to move away from the complete trustworthiness of Scripture. This move away from the doctrine of inerrancy is a serious step not only because of what it does to one’s doctrine of Scripture, but because of what happens to other doctrines as well.

Some may object at this point that I am overstating my case about inerrancy. Inerrancy is a test for orthodoxy, but it is not a test for salvation. One can deny inerrancy and be saved, but he/she is being inconsistent in his/her beliefs. All salvific truths are found in the Bible, but how can one trust those salvific truths without inerrancy? What if the salvific statements are wrong? To be consistent in her/her beliefs, one should affirm the inerrancy of Scripture. Further, one can be orthodox or evangelical in all other areas and still be unorthodox on inerrancy. For example, the neorthodox theologian Karl Barth affirmed the Virgin birth, the Trinity, the deity of Christ, and Christ’s bodily resurrection, but denied the inerrancy of Scripture.

Inerrancy is not only an issue that is facing the Church, but it is also one that is under attack from cults. The Mormons teach that the Bible is correct only so far as it is correctly translated. It is basically trustworthy according to them. It is the only one of the four standard works (Bible, Book of Mormon, Doctrine and Covenants, and the Pearl of Great Price) and is not considered infallible. Jehovah’s Witnesses believe the Bible is the inerrant Word of God but only in so far as they use their own translation (New World Translation) as the basis of their belief in inerrancy.1

Over and against all of these views is what the Word of God says about itself. The Bible teaches that it is the inspired, inerrant Word of God, most prominently in 2 Timothy 3:16—“All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness.” All Scripture in distinction “from the sacred writings” in 2 Timothy 3:15 means everything which, through the testimony of the Holy Spirit in the church, is recognized by the church as canonical, that is, authoritative. Paul is referring here to the Old Testament, and later “all scripture” at the close of the first century A.D. had been completed. [Read more...]

Three Things You Can Do When You’re Reading a Bad Book

Given the amount of reading I do, I am extremely thankful that I end up reading mostly really good books. There are always a few that leave me with a bit of a “meh” feeling, but by and large there aren’t too many that have made me regret ever having read them.

Still, there are some that are just so awful that I don’t know quite what to do with them. And after I’m done, I find myself in an even more precarious predicament—I don’t want them on my bookshelf, nor do I want to give them away, lest they wind up on someone else’s. So what, then, shall we say, dear brothers and sisters? What can you and I do when we find ourselves reading really bad books? Obviously, burning them is not an option (unless you’re trapped in the wilderness and you need then for kindling, then it’s cool), but there must be something that can be done with them that doesn’t involve giving them away and risking untold irritation to other readers.

In order to help, I’ve come up with three thing you do when you find yourself reading a really bad book:

1. Mark it like you’re a high school English teacher. Nothing is more fun that whipping out a nice red pen (I like these ones) and crossing out whole sections of a book. Plus, it sometimes it helps to put a big fat “F” on the title page when you’re through. It’s cathartic.

2. Run a play-by-play on Good Reads. Your commentary not only allows you to vent your frustrations, but entertain tens of people (depending on your friend’s list) in the process! For a great example, check out Aaron Gardner’s play-by-play on this book.

3. Build a fort. With all the books about people taking trips to heaven and vampires dating werewolves, I could build the most wicked-awesome “princess castle” ever, as Abigail prefers to call them.

Or, y’know, you could just stop reading it. But where’s the fun in that?

Got another idea to add to the list?

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Why Do We Love C.S. Lewis and Hate Rob Bell?

C. Michael Patton offers this insightful article:

First of all, no one hates Rob Bell (or at least they should not). But, speaking for myself, I am very comfortable handing out C.S. Lewis books by the dozens while I don’t keep a stock of Bell books on hand. There is not a book that Lewis wrote that I don’t encourage people to read and grow from. Even A Grief Observed, where Lewis attempts to retain his faith in God, questioning everything, in the middle of the crucible of doubt and pain, is one of my favorite books to give to people who are hurting. But I doubt I would ever recommend one of Bell’s works to establish someone in the faith. In fact, I might only recommend them for people to see “the other side.” Let me put it this way (and I must be very careful here): While I fully embrace and endorse the ministry of C.S. Lewis, I do not endorse or embrace the ministry of Rob Bell.

Read the whole thing. It’s well worth your time.

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In Case You Missed It

Here are a few of this week’s notable posts:

Inerrancy, Inspiration and Authority: A Clearing of the Throat

Inerrancy, Inspiration and the Character of God

5 Ways to Get Attention in the Christian Blogosphere

Awaiting a Savior: Review Round-up 3

D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones:

Richard Sibbes: A Holy Despair in Ourselves is the Ground of True Hope

Christmas Shopping for the Bible Guy (and Gal)!