I’ve decided to start two new blogging habits.
C.S. famously said, “We delight to praise what we enjoy because the praise not merely expresses but completes the enjoyment; it is its appointed consummation.” I like to read; and I get assigned a lot of reading with seminary. And as I read, sometimes I come across an amazing statement, argument, insight, challenge, etc. Sometimes I enjoy these quotations so much that I feel the need to tell others. As C.S. Lewis says, I want to praise this quote so that enjoyment reaches its consummation. At the same time, this information is often worth sharing. And, coincidentally enough, some of you (like myself) like to be on the receiving end of such information. Therefore, I decided to start a somewhat weekly (i.e., on those weeks I am able) blog post series just sharing solid quotes from things I’ve read over the past week or weeks. I will also be asking you to share some of your own quotes that you’ve found.
As my second blogging habit, I’d like to do a similar thing but with regard to media I come across throughout my week, or at least since the last time I was able to share these on the blog. I’ll call this collection “Recommended Media.”
So today, I’ll be starting with the latter. Normally I plan on recommending mainly current media, i.e.., from the previous week and such; but today I’ll start off with some oldies as well as some general resources.
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iTunes U – First, I’d like to recommend to you this incredible resource available through Apple called iTunes U (the “U” stands for “university”). As the Apple website says, “The iTunes U app gives you access to complete courses from leading universities and other schools — plus the world’s largest digital catalog of free education content — right on your iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch.” It’s also available for the computer through iTunes. Why am I recommending this? Well, it just so happens that some top notch seminaries (Westminster, Biola, Dallas Theological Seminary, Covenant Theological Seminary) have classes available through iTunes U. Oh, and did I mention it’s all FREE?
Biblical Training: World Class Educational Resources for Discipleship – Biblical Training (also available in an app) is a site that has a ton of free lectures on theology, biblical studies, Greek, Hebrew, church history, the Christian life, etc. available for FREE. The lectures are taught by a variety of some of the best conservative evangelical scholars around. This is an incredible resource.
Fifteen Myths about Bible Translation and Five More Myths about Bible Translations and the Transmission of the Text by Daniel Wallace – “There’s always something lost in translation. But how much is lost?” Here Dan Wallace examines common myths about Bible translations. I imagine many will find this quite helpful.
An Evening of Eschatology – In this little shindig, John Piper hosts an “evening of eschatology,” that is, a conversation about the “end times.” He hosts Sam Storms, Jim Hamilton, and the ever so funny Doug Wilson, all of whom hold different positions about certain key issues in eschatology. Their conversation is entertaining and informative.
John Piper on Limited Atonement via YouTube – I’m putting another John Piper resource in here. This one is a video of what I’m assuming is an excerpt from a sermon of John Piper explaining the nuances of so-called limited atonement. I appreciate his careful explanation.
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Disclaimer: By recommending this media, I do not necessarily endorse any or all of its material, content, or authors.
Participate: If you’ve recently found some good media not listed here, please feel free to share it (with a link) in the comment section below.