Just one book I wanted to highlight for y’all today which is A Life Observed: A Spiritual Biography of C.S. Lewis by Devin Brown ($1.99).
This is a superb piece of investigative journalism—and extremely compelling:
On a humid afternoon this past November, I pulled off Interstate 75 into a stretch of Florida pine forest tangled with runaway vines. My GPS was homing in on the house of a man I thought might hold the master key to one of the strangest scholarly mysteries in recent decades: a 1,300-year-old scrap of papyrus that bore the phrase “Jesus said to them, My wife.” The fragment, written in the ancient language of Coptic, had set off shock waves when an eminent Harvard historian of early Christianity, Karen L. King, presented it in September 2012 at a conference in Rome.
Karen King, the scholar who put forward the papyrus as authentic, has responded to the article, now saying she’s fairly certain it’s a forgery.
So what does this teach us about manuscript evidence? It reminds us of what I reminded the Institute students–external evidence for the trustworthiness of the Bible can be taken away in a second. Carbon dating can be overturned, linguistic studies can be revamped, and in turn manuscripts could be deemed younger or less impressive than we thought. Yes, even our own copies of Old and New Testament manuscripts in Hebrew and Greek.
What if that happens? Do we stop trusting the Bible because the ancient manuscripts we have might be a century older than we thought? Of course not.
This is a helpful and understandable write-up on the recent dust-up among conservative pastors and scholars about subordination in the Trinity.
…it’s an important word – one that the prophets of old and the apostles of new called out to would be followers of the God of Israel and His Son Jesus. It’s important, then, for us to know what the word means. Because whether we want to admit it or not, when we are trying to follow Jesus, we will find ourselves repenting over and over again. I’d propose, then, that we have at least three common misunderstandings about it means to repent.
Good encouragement from Mark Altrogge:
It’s hard to keep praying when no answers seem to be coming. It’s like going out to your mailbox every day, looking for a check your expecting, yet every day the mailbox is empty. Job had given up any expectation of better days. Jacob had given up any expectation of ever seeing Joseph again. Yet after many days – months – years – God answered their prayers. Again and again in Scripture, God encourages us to keep asking, seeking and knocking, for he hears every single prayer, and he is a rewarder of those who seek him. He tells us that those who sow in tears will eventually reap with shouts of joy (PS 126.5)
But even as ideas about fatherhood evolve, certain conclusions about how fathers can pass on their faith remain stable. Studies on family life and religion highlight the value of emotional vulnerability, modeling religious behaviors and taking seriously the idea that kids partially learn who God is through their dad’s actions.
This is an important talk by Andrew Wilson:
Father’s Day gives us stepchildren a peek into a fantasy: happier lives, deeper relationships, warmer memories, cherished photographs lining the walls of social media. Families still together, faithful dads, strong dads, healthy dads, dads who didn’t leave, dads who loved their wives enough to keep their families together. We may not have those things. We may have bitterness. Or jealousy. Or loneliness.
On Father’s Day, our fantasies can be overcome by the reminders of our step-ness: sermons on the importance of fathers, a mandatory lunch with our dad (or step-dad), a squall of tagged father-child photos, memories of a father’s untimely death, all telling us that we’re cut in half.