The Week-est Link, February 29, 2008: Biblical Training Galore

1. If you have not ever checked out the site called “Biblical Training”, you must. It has a treasure trove of theological resources, including full-length classes taught by a number of eminent scholars. For example, you could take a class on systematic theology from my father-in-law, Bruce Ware. Here’s the thing: it’s all free! And more than that, you won’t have to take one of Dr. Ware’s excruciating quizzes like I did. (I’m not sure which is better between the two.) In all seriousness, this is an incredible way to attain excellent theological training from your home without paying a cent. Check out the site, and pass along the word.

2. Did you know that actor Brad Pitt was raised a Southern Baptist? I personally was not aware of this. This is about the most celebrity gossip I’ll ever dig into on this blog, but I did find this article interesting. Pitt’s comments reveal a heart that is sadly turned against the idea of God as sovereign and worthy of His sovereignty. Anyway, the article provides an interesting factoid and a reason to pray for the actor and for the health and vibrant witness of Southern Baptist churches.

3. Another very helpful and challenging piece by theologian Russ Moore, this one on a “theology that bleeds”. Dr. Moore evinces an Edwardsean ability to marry rich theology with expressive, moving language, and I think that this piece shows both of those traits and motivates its readers to become more passionate about the gospel. His focus on evangelism as the heart of theology is commendable and challenging, and I would encourage you to read the short piece.

4. An interesting conversation between 9Markers Jonathan Leeman and Greg Gilbert on social restoration and its relation to the ministry of the local church. They present the subject by means of an Instant Messenger-like conversation, which makes this thought-provoking piece fun and easy to read.

5. Have you heard of Fernando Ortega? If not, you should have. He makes rich music and uses it to express beauty and powerful theological truth. You could order just about any one of his cds and find it spiritually nourishing and musically enjoyable.

Have a great weekend, everyone.

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2 responses to “The Week-est Link, February 29, 2008: Biblical Training Galore

  1. david santos

    Thanks for your posting and have a good weekend.

  2. Anonymous

    I would second Owen’s recommendation of the biblical training website. I would especially encourage you to check out the late Ron Nash’s courses on apologetics, the history of philosophy, and ethics. He’s a very good and entertaining lecturer. He covers a lot of rich material and is very good at connecting historical material to contemporary debates in ethics or theology (i.e. how Aristotle can help us understand the incarnation). The occasional error or oversimplification is more than offset by his engaging style and enthusiasm for baseball and ancient philosophy.

    –JWA

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