Wednesday, 7 September 2011

Christian Hedonism

It seems I was the only Christian involved in ministry in Sydney who did not attend the recently heavily promoted John Piper talks. I have heard from colleagues who did that Piper once again expounded his version of Christian hedonism with which we are familiar from his writings: 'God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in him.' Reactions I have heard range from cautions endorsement to outright rejection of Piper's message as being 'another gospel.' It might be helpful then to draw attention to these more balanced critiques by Paul Helm here and here. I wonder if Piper would be better focussing on the more pervasive Biblical language of 'love' for God which has an affective element as well as a commitment to obedience, but does not focus on my satisfaction.

Tuesday, 12 July 2011

Bill Dumbrell's latest book.

Australian Biblical scholar Bill Dumbrell has just published the latest in his series of New Covenant commentaries on the book of Revelation. See a report on the launch here. This volume grew out of a series of lectures Bill gave at PTC some years ago which I found very stimulating, and of course his lifetime of reflecting on how the Bible fits together.

Tuesday, 17 May 2011

That Dangerous Book

John McClean (now officially a doctor - congratulations John) has written a great piece for the ABC Religion and Ethics website on the King James Bible on its 400th anniversary. The Bible is a dangerous book, he warns. Check it out.

Monday, 24 January 2011

Hebrew Keyboard for Linux

For any who use the Linux operating system, here is a link for a Hebrew keyboard to which the SBL site draws attention.