Published on November 24th, 2013 | by Jaycen Saab
Weekly Roundup: 11-22-2013
Here’s your weekly round-up of writings, reviews, and/or videos from around the Internet this week…
Did Jesus Become a Sinner on the Cross?
The heart of the question centers on Paul’s statement in 2 Corinthians 5:21: ”He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.”
In what sense did Jesus become “sin on our behalf”? Does that phrase mean that Jesus literally became a sinner on the cross?
10 Steps to Preach from Your IPad
About a year ago, or maybe a little more, Paul Martin (the Senior Pastor at Grace Fellowship Church) went away for a couple of weeks and left me to preach. Because I prepare my sermons digitally, I was finding it increasingly silly to convert them into the older medium of paper. They say that “while the cat’s away the mice will play,” so I took this as an opportunity to begin preaching from an iPad instead of a paper manuscript. I have been preaching from that iPad ever since.
How to Build a Theological Library (On a Budget)
A good theological library is something no Christian minister or leader should be without. In fact, I believe all Christians should have some form of theological library, though not all Christians will need a library to rival that of a seminary professor or scholar.
The Ridiculous Grace of Adoption
Have you ever heard of the game Two Truths and a Lie? It’s a game where each person shares three statements about herself, but only two are true. The other people in the group try to guess which statement is the lie.
I’m a pro at this game because I have a secret weapon. The key is having one really outrageous truth that sounds like a lie. My truth is that “my parents were at the circus when I was born,” and since people assume that my parents probably weren’t carnies, they assume that’s my lie.
Inerrant Text ≠ Inerrant Interpretation
I recently ran across a couple of different writers raising questions about the value of affirming inerrancy or infallibility for the Bible, both of which hinged on the link between the text and interpretation. One wondered aloud at the coherence of claiming an infallible text when you’re a finite sinner, whose faculties are limited, likely disordered by sin and self-will, and whose interpretations must therefore be flawed. The other, a little more boldly, claimed the doctrine unnecessary, only serving human arrogance by lending added weight to the claimant’s own fallible pronouncements.