Blog Posts on Life of the Mind
How Should We Think About Self-Worth?
What is self-worth? And whatever it is, do you have the right kind?
Back in 1976, during his college teaching ministry, John Piper was interviewed about the then burgeoning talk of self-esteem. Responding to nine questions, he gives a biblical…Continue Reading
Seminary: Life or Death?
Seminary is dangerous. Yes, the fragrance is to life for many. But for others — far too many others — the aroma is to death.
Names changed to protect the guilty, Don Carson tells the story of an “Ernest Christian”…Continue Reading
"Bring the Books With" — A New Recommended List
As you head back to school, or out to visit a friend or family member—or perhaps as you leave the National Conference in Minneapolis—take a cue from the apostle Paul and bring some good books with (which is a quintessentially…Continue Reading
We Don't Want to Live at Second Hand
Correct Thinking About Jesus' Commands Is Not Obedience to Them
In the Introduction to Pastor John's 1979 monograph, Love Your Enemies, he confesses his concern about the hard work of academic reading. He writes:
Every scholarly work on the New Testament is preponderantly an intellectual exercise. The work of…
Jesus, Help Us Think
Throughout the history of ideas there have been sprouts of thought that claim the mind to have a naturally transcendent capacity, dwarfing the commonality of our other faculties, never leading us astray.
This is not so, though its persuasion is…Continue Reading
Three Cheers for Not Hiding God in Scholarship
David Lyle Jeffrey and Gregory Maillet just published Christianity and Literature: Philosophical Foundations and Critical Practice (IVP, 2011). The series preface (by Francis Beckwith and J. P. Moreland) contains this heartening exhortation to Christian scholars to stop hiding their belief…Continue Reading