Have you ever listened to National Public Radio’s weekly news program, “Wait, Wait … Don’t Tell Me?” I have developed a Christmas edition of this program for students of the Bible. See how many of these questions you can answer. Then share this quiz with your family and friends. You may want to add some questions of your own. But don’t make them too difficult! This should be an enjoyable learning experience.
I generally am about a year behind on “the best books of the year” except for the ones in my field of interest. This is mainly because I cheat. I wait to hear from others what books are most worth my time. I love all the December “best of” lists because they help me to create a reading list for next year.
What is essential for a great preaching? Some say creativity, others story-telling, others cite the use of powerful metaphors, and still others point to the ability of a preacher to connect a passage to one or two practical applications. While such things are not inherently bad, it is my conviction that more important than any of these is one’s underlying approach to preaching. And, of the various approaches to preaching, I am convinced of the supremacy of expository preaching.
It’s not that the people of God should have avoided or withdrawn from politics. If anything, we should step into the public square and be a more compelling voice. But maybe the next time we should aim to be better equipped to be sent into the thick of it. Followers of Jesus have a mission to engage the world with grace and truth. It seems like we lost a fair measure of both.
Writing as evangelicals, the authors of “Theology and the Mirror of Scripture” work to answer the question “What is evangelical theology today?” not primarily socially or historically, but rather theologically, in the form of a manifesto.