The study of man, his nature, and his role as the imago dei.
Last week we delved into the philosophical/intellectual issues related to the problem of evil. This week we turn our attention to the reality that those arguments, as helpful as they may be, are little comfort when one is in the midst of trial.
This week we consider suffering in the life of a believer through the eyes of Job.Read More
In light of what we discussed regarding the power, knowledge, and goodness of God, how are we to deal with the reality of evil in our lives and the world?
This week we delved into the logical problem of evil in light of what we know to be true of our God.Read More
My friends and enablers of my biblio-addiction over at Concordia Publishing House have a fantastic deal going right now. Luther’s classic The Freedom of the Christian Man is available in a new translation at CPH titled Christian Freedom: Faith Working Through Love. I received this a few months back and greatly enjoyed the read. This new translation comes with a reading plan, helpful notes and commentary, and an expanded section on ceremonies not previously available in other translations.
Luther will challenge your thinking as you consider modern conceptions of freedom and liberty and what Luther & Melanchthon put forth in their writing here. A snippet: “And so these two sayings are true: ‘Good works do not make a good man, but a good man does good works. Bad works do not make a bad man, but a bad man does bad works.’ Thus it is always necessary that the substance itself or the person be good prior to any good works, and that good works follow and come forth from a good person.” This quote followed a delightful discussion on how it is a man is made good. Let me give you a hint: It wasn’t by works or any effort on the part of the sinful man. Positively Augustinian, I tell you. Indeed, downright Pauline. Better yet, downright Jesus (Matthew 7)!
You can grab this now for only $6.99 ($5.99 if you buy 10 or more) by clicking here and using the code “LFM” any time from now to August 1st. This little book is worth having in your library. It is one you will return to again and again over the years. (HT Paul McCain)Read More