The CCEL Times 8.6 (June 3, 2013)
In This Issue:
From the Director
Many people visit the CCEL to find resources on a topic, such as the Trinity. However, currently this is not easy to do. We're going to try to make it easier over the next couple of years with topical pages that include a definition, pointers to key literature on the topic, related topics, and the like. Over the next couple of years I'm sure we'll learn a lot about how to make these pages useful. If you have suggestions, please send them along.
The first topic is the Trinity. This doctrine has been the source of much controversy over the centuries, and many of the seminal treatises are here at the CCEL. See more at our draft literature guide on The Trinity.
What Happens When People Believe Jesus is Lord of All?
Duane Kelderman looks at the issue of 'Christ being the Lord of all' in light of a powerful experience he had on a trip to visit pastors in Uganda and Kenya. According to Kelderman, "In the middle of a war-torn, disease-wearied, economically-depressed land, these pastors embraced a fuller understanding of the Lordship of Christ and dared to dream about the difference it could make to their people and nations." This article draws a contrast between challenges facing churches in Africa and churches here in the states, but the article also examines how any church can become stronger through the common belief that Christ is Lord of all.
What We're Reading
Person of Christ: The Miracle of History
“The object of this book is simply to show, in a popular style, that the Person of Christ is the great central miracle of history, and the strongest evidence of Christianity,” Schaff writes in the preface to The Person of Christ. During the 19th century, however, it had become fashionable in Western universities and seminaries to demythologize not only the supernatural accounts in the Bible, but the very divinity of Christ as well. Arguing against the positions of such liberal theologians as Ernest Renan, Schaff explains how Christ would, as miraculous and supernatural, perform miracles in accordance with his nature. A desperate willingness to explain away anything that defies modern, empirical sensibilities, Schaff writes, leads to a skepticism that “legitimately ends at last in the nihilism of despair.” The issues Schaff addresses remain some of the most hotly debated issues within contemporary Christianity.
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"Jesus Shall Reign Where'er the Sun" by Isaac Watts (1674-1748)
Isaac Watts was quite the revolutionary. While his contemporaries stuck within the boundaries of hymnody and Scripture paraphrasing, Watts jumped outside of the box and used the Bible as a launching point for his hymn texts – the foundation upon which he placed his own thoughts. While we might think this to be fairly normal, it was a radical move back in Watts’ day.
Featured Audio Book
The Sovereignty of God by A.W. Pink (1886-1952)
Rene LaCroix, a friend of CCEL, recently recorded a reading of Arthur W. Pink's The Sovereignty of God, which is now available at CCEL. Pink was one of the early 20th century's foremost defenders of Calvinism and the Puritan values from previous centuries. The Sovereignty of God features Pink's exposition and defense of Calvinist doctrine, from the ultimate sovereignty of God to the relationship between God's sovereignty and human free will. Knowing how Christians often misunderstand or react against the Calvinist perspective on God's sovereignty, Pink takes extra care to outline the proper response to and attitude towards it. He draws wisdom from the works of St. Augustine, St. Thomas Aquinas, Calvin, and Jonathan Edwards, giving his words a foundation in the history of Christian thought. However, Pink stresses that God's Word retains final authority in matters of doctrine, and he encourages his readers first to turn to the Scripture as a measure for the veracity of any secondary sources. More than anything else, The Sovereignty of God is a celebration of the truth and power of God and his Word.
The reader of this audiobook, Rene LaCroix, recently published a book entitled Let There Be: A Poetic Journey Through the Book of Genesis. LaCroix retells the stories of Genesis, from the creation of the world to the life of Abraham and his descendants.
Listen to The Sovereignty of God at CCEL.
Lift Up Your Hearts: Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs published by Faith Alive
Lift Up Your Hearts outlines the whole redemption history arc in two ways. The first section follows the biblical narrative from creation to new creation, including Christ’s life and the Christian year. The second section follows the order of worship, from God calling us to worship through God blessing and sending us out.
Read more about Lift Up Your Hearts: Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs