Schreiner approaches the reformer’s doctrine of justification from several perspectives. The book breaks down into three main sections. The first section contains six chapters, and includes a study of justification during different eras of the church. In doing so, he addresses one of the common objections to the Reformation understanding of justification, namely that the reformers deviated from the way previous generations had understood the doctrine.
“Jesus the God-Man” is a comparative study of different themes in the Gospel accounts, with each chapter addressing a different theme, written by accomplished authors and scholars, Darrel Bock and Benjamin Simpson.
The bride leaves her abode and begins her journey down to the little chapel by the lake. As she walks, presently she notices that two animals have joined her procession; a donkey to her left, and an elephant on her right. The bride feels uncomfortable to be in such close proximity to the animals, but maintains her focus and continues on.
Lately, it seems like nothing falls into place. Nothing comes easily to me. I wrestle. I strive. I fight. And . . . nothing. There’s a little voice within that enjoys pointing out that if God were really in control of the whole universe, then it would be easy for him to change my circumstances. It would take him no effort whatsoever to make a tweak here and there and poof! my life would be fixed. That voice takes my good theology—a high view of God’s meticulous rule—and comes to poor conclusions that God is withholding something good from me.
The prophetic indictments against the people of God for their failure to follow his commands to care for the poor and marginalized are always chilling for me to read. This week I was struck by the simple command given through the prophet Amos, “Hate evil, and love good…”