A classic well worth reading. Much of the deep divisions between Luther and the Roman Catholic church can be seen in Luther's exposition of Galatians.A classic well worth reading. Much of the deep divisions between Luther and the Roman Catholic church can be seen in Luther's exposition of Galatians. I learned much from this commentary and only disagree with Luther on a few points.
One of the things that stood out to me was Luther's rejection of the idea that only the ceremonial law has passed away and that the moral law as given by God to Moses still stands. Luther points out that the christian is freed from the Law with no exceptions. He does this in the context of refuting the idea that by doing good works you can merit salvation. Paul is clear that we are freed from even the moral law. After all, the only the law can do is make us aware of sin. Instead of rule following, our salvation depends on Christ who fulfilled the Law perfectly.
This of course does not mean that a true christian will live in conflict with the law. A christian will still do the things the Law commands and more than that too but not out of an obligation to follow rules in an attempt to be "good enough" for God. Instead, a christian lives in harmony with the Law and with the even more demanding commands given by Jesus because he is a new creation living in the power of God through the Holy Spirit. So while the same things may be done the reasons for doing them are vastly different. ...more
Longman's commentary is a great resource in studying the unusual book of Ecclesiastes. He includes the views of others along with his own to provide tLongman's commentary is a great resource in studying the unusual book of Ecclesiastes. He includes the views of others along with his own to provide the reader with a rich understanding of the text. Detailed explanation is given for the English word he chooses when rendering the Hebrew. In studying Ecclesiastes I also used Michael Eaton's commentary from the Tyndale Old Testament Commentaries series. I found that when Longman and Eaton differed it was Longman's view and argument that were more persuasive. This would be the first resource I would use when studying Ecclesiastes.
This review is of the Logos electronic version of the book. ...more
I agree with the review from Scott that this is essentially Piper's Greatest Hits. The title of the book is merely taken from the first chapter and isI agree with the review from Scott that this is essentially Piper's Greatest Hits. The title of the book is merely taken from the first chapter and is slightly misleading. The entire book does not talk about the professionalism trap. Rather the book is Piper reaching out to pastors and passing on the wisdom he has gained through a lifetime of labor.
I found the following chapters particular interesting:
Chapter 5: "Brothers, Beware of the Debtor's Ethic" Chapter 6: "Brothers, Tell Them Not to Serve God" Chapter 12: "Brothers, Bitzer Was a Banker" - Discusses the importance of using the original languages. Chapter 26: "Brothers, Sever the Root of Racism" - Piper talks about the recentness of racism evidenced by the 1920 Duluth Lynchings and James Byrd. He says: "Most of the Christians in the majority white culture never even think about the issue. That is not a sign of peace but of obliviousness". ...more
Goodreads says that 3 stars menas "I liked it" and that is how I did indeed feel about this book. I enjoyed reading it but I don't consider it a must-Goodreads says that 3 stars menas "I liked it" and that is how I did indeed feel about this book. I enjoyed reading it but I don't consider it a must-read in general for others.
This collection of sermons and speeches by Mr. Müller reveals his heart for God, his desire that people trust in God, and his pleading with everyone who came within the sound of his voice to make sure they have been saved from the wages of their sin. We also see how he spoke to assemblies of the orphans in his charge. Above all he appealed to them to ensure that they put their trust in Christ.
An illustration of this is during one of his sermons to the orphans tilted "The Conversion of the Jailor". He talks about how it is all well and good to learn things such as arithmetic, history, geography, and so on.
All this is right and proper to enable you to fill respectable positions in life,—all very well for this life; but the most momentous matter is this, that your soul is safe. There is not a single child here, there is not a single person in this large city who may not have salvation if they seek it in God’s way, which is through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.
He constantly entreated those who heard him to examine themselves and not go one more day without surrendering to Christ. They way he described what is required to be saved is I think interesting and quite different than the appeals made by the Church today:
Now put your trust in the Lord Jesus Christ; now pass sentence on yourselves, and condemn yourselves before God, and own you deserve punishment; but at the same time trust in the merits of the Lord Jesus Christ, and this very moment you will be forgiven, this very moment you will be changed in heart, this very moment you will be brought on the road to heaven.
His great purpose in life was to show mankind that God is the same today as he was in years past. That God means what he says and that He is reliable:
And so my heart was at rest. I was satisfied with God. And all this springs, as I have often before said, from taking God at His word, believing what He says.
This is a very interesting book even though it has a poor title. It addresses the dangerous ideas of "easy believism" and "fire insurance" where you cThis is a very interesting book even though it has a poor title. It addresses the dangerous ideas of "easy believism" and "fire insurance" where you can pray a prayer and think you will end up in heaven even though your life shows no evidence of change. It does not matter that you walked the aisle when the pastor extended the invitation, checked the box on the response card, prayed a prayer, or whatever else the Church does today. What matters is if you repented from your sin, trusted Christ to rescue you from the eternal consequences of your sin, and show evidence of the internal transformation Christ has done in you through a change in the way you live your life (Colossians 1:9-10).
Two quotes from the book that illustrate this:
"Praying the sinner's prayer" has become something like a Protestant ritual we have people go through to gain entry to heaven. As "gospel shorthand," it presents salvation as a transaction one conducts with Jesus and then moves on from rather than the beginning of a posture we take toward the finished work of Christ and maintain for the rest of our lives.
I want to be clear that what saves a sinner is a posture of repentance and faith toward Christ, and that alone. Any "sinner's prayer" is only good insofar as it expresses that posture."
An amazing story of a man whom God blessed with the gift of faith. This paragraph from page 321 nicely summarizes the purpose of the book as well as MAn amazing story of a man whom God blessed with the gift of faith. This paragraph from page 321 nicely summarizes the purpose of the book as well as Mr. Müller's life:
"If Mr. Müller had any great mission, it was not to found a worldwide institution of any sort, however useful scattering Bibles and books and tracts, or housing and feeding thousands of orphans, or setting up Christian schools and aiding missionary workers. His main mission was to teach men that it is safe to trust God's Word, to rest implicitly upon whatever he hath said, and obey explicitly whatever he has bidden; that prayer offered in faith, trusting his promise and the intercession of his dear Son, is never offered in vain; and that the life lived by faith is a walk with God, just outside the very gates of heaven."
He set out to prove to men that God is the same yesterday, today, and forever and that He can be relied on today to answer prayer and provide for His work. Mr. Müller provided a living example of trust in God and God's continual provision. In his life we see countless examples of how God is indeed rarely early but never late in answering prayer. We see how in practical ways God made known what it was He wanted Mr. Müller to do.
Read this book and see God at work. It will enlarge your view of God, change the way you pray, and change the way you make decisions in life. ...more
Chesterton's wit and clear thinking as he analyses the philosophical ideas of his day in comparison with Christianity was a joy to read. I particularlChesterton's wit and clear thinking as he analyses the philosophical ideas of his day in comparison with Christianity was a joy to read. I particularly was intrigued by his point that Christianity explains even unexpected truths accurately. "It's plan suits the secret irregularities, and expects the unexpected." If something can predict the expected it is of no special value. But a single system that can explain both the expected and the odd unexpected things with perfect accuracy is something quite special.
Before this book I knew very little of preterism. It has opened my eyes to a different approach to various scriptures that in many ways makes more senBefore this book I knew very little of preterism. It has opened my eyes to a different approach to various scriptures that in many ways makes more sense that the futurist views I had before.
The timing of the events in Daniel 9 are particularly intriguing. The case Mr. DeMar lays out for the 490 years of Daniel's seventy heptads seems more logical that other explanations I have heard.
While I am not yet fully convinced that all the passages Mr. DeMar discusses have already been fulfilled I will continue study in this area.
My least favorite part of the book was the beginning where the constant attacks on LaHaye and the Left Behind series became wearisome. It is understandable though considering the time the book came out and the intense interest in Left Behind then. Ideally he would spend less time telling me LaHaye is wrong and more time telling me what he believes the correct understanding is. If a friend hadn't loaned me the book to read it is likely that the book's opposition to the theology of Left Behind would have peaked my interest enough to read it though so I can't be too critical in this complaint. ...more
This was my first TOTC commentary. I consider the commentary very good for the first half of Daniel but wanted more about the second prophetic half ofThis was my first TOTC commentary. I consider the commentary very good for the first half of Daniel but wanted more about the second prophetic half of Daniel which is considerably more complex. ...more