Easter Afternoon

Well, we had a wonderful Resurrection celebration!  Thanks to all the musicians, readers, singers, and of course all of you who joined us.  The two book references I made are here for your further consideration:

The Reason for God by Timothy Keller, especially the chapter on the resurrection.

The Resurrection of the Son of God by N. T. Wright.  As I said in the message, Wright’s ideas on some matters (most famously the meaning of justification) are controversial, but this book has amazing resources on the subject of resurrection.

Four Easters into my ministry here, and I still getting used to Easter being a lower than normal Sunday since so many of our students are gone, and so many others travel over the break.  But it was very encouraging to see so many with us, and to hear such enthusiastic singing throughout the morning.  Of course, we had lots of reason to be enthusiastic!

Published in: on April 12, 2009 at 3:48 pm  Comments (3)  

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  1. Hello,

    I am always curious as to the reason some pastors recommend books that do not have sound doctrine in some cases, or doctrine that can be misunderstood by newer or weaker Christians. As you mentioned one book about questionable views and then particularly on justification. Why is this not more harmful than good?

    Thanks so much for your reply.


    • Interesting name! Actually, I was summarizing what I said in the message, and it was that Dr. Wright has ideas expressed elsewhere that I do not agree with. This particular book does not contain those ideas. There are authors whose particular study in some areas is very helpful, but who would not be good to consult in other areas. For example, John Wesley has some writings that are very helpful, and I recommend those; but he also wrote promoting the doctrine of Christian perfection, and arguing that Christians could lose their salvation. I cannot recommend these kinds of writings. We are to exercise discernment, and as a pastor I cannot lead my people to a lowest common denominator of only talking about or recommending for study materials that do not require discernment. We must test all things, and hold fast to the good. Those are my thoughts. Thanks for your comment.

  2. Thank you for the explanation. It was helpful.

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