Blog Posts on Life of the Mind
Learning from Myself Forty Years Later: Thoughts on the Republication of My Doctoral Dissertation
15 Tips on Blogging from John Newton
John Newton, the slave-trade ship captain turned pastor and hymn-writer, wasn't exactly a blogger. Many of his writings, however, fit in the category of we today would call blogging. He wrote mostly letters — small, topically oriented and experience-based pieces…Continue Reading
12 Short Books Worth Reading
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