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God-Like Marital Love

This video of Ian and Larissa Murphy ministered grace to my heart. I’d encourage you to watch it. If you’re married, watch it with your spouse.

John Piper shares some helpful reflections on the Desiring God blog.

Read more about Ian and Larissa’s journey at PrayForIan.com.

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What Is the Gospel?

Here’s a helpful new video from Knox Theological Seminary featuring Tullian Tchividjian and Warren Gage on how they’ve come to understand what the gospel is and how it relates to the everyday experience of Christians.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9S3YFcTaNjQ

HT: Kendell Stellfox

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Rob Bell on Hell

Justin Taylor and Denny Burk point out a new video from Rob Bell about his forthcoming book, Love Wins: A Book About Heaven, Hell, and the Fate of Every Person Who Ever Lived.

Here’s the publisher’s description:

Bell addresses one of the most controversial issues of faith—the afterlife—arguing that a loving God would never sentence human souls to eternal suffering. With searing insight, Bell puts hell on trial, and his message is decidedly optimistic—eternal life doesn’t start when we die; it starts right now. And ultimately, Love Wins.

Hear it in Bell’s own words:

Scary stuff.

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Bonhoeffer Buzz

Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, SpyDietrich Bonhoeffer has been the subject of some interesting discussion recently. If you missed it, here’s a quick overview.

  1. It started with the publication of Eric Metaxas’s “groundbreaking biography” Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy (Amazon | WTS Books).
  2. Its publication has been largely met with rave reviews, awards, and lots of secular press.
  3. Bonhoeffer scholars Richard Weikart and Clifford Green called Metaxas’s reading of Bonhoeffer into question.
  4. Blogger Tim Challies highlighted these critiques in a recent post.
  5. Church historian Carl Trueman weighed in with some wise insight.

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6 Killer Tips to Strengthen Your Marriage

My wife and I enjoyed this video (embedded below). I must admit I’ve been guilty of more than one of these on more than one occasion.

For more marriage advice, check out “The Don’t Song.” If you’re in need of some laughs, see even more from Igniter Media’s Johnny and Chachi.

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Michael Horton’s New Systematic Theology

Michael Horton’s long-awaited systematic theology, The Christian Faith: A Systematic Theology for Pilgrims on the Way (Amazon | WTS Books), is due out very soon. Zondervan’s website says it’s “coming January 2011.” Amazon says “January 25, 2011.” WTS Books says “February 2011.”

Systematic theologies are one of my favorite categories of books, so I’m really looking forward to picking this one up and adding it to my library.

The Christian Faith

Details

The Christian Faith runs 1,052 pages (which is the last numbered page according to Zondervan’s “Browse Inside” feature).1 It has a list price of $49.99, but the Westminster Bookstore has will be selling it for $30.99, and Amazon has it available for pre-order for $31.17 (or $30.99 for Kindle).

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Footnotes

  1. WTS Books incorrectly lists 960 pages, and Zondervan and Amazon say 1056, perhaps including ads or blank pages at the end.
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Free Episode of Planet Earth in HD

Planet EarthIf you’ve never gotten around to watching BBC’s Planet Earth yet, now’s your chance to check it out for free—and in HD—and find out what you’ve been missing. Amazon Video On Demand currently has Planet Earth: Season 1, Episode 1: “From Pole to Pole” (49:16) available as a free download—both the standard and HD versions. And it’s the good one, the one narrated by David Attenborough (not the one narrated by Sigourney Weaver).

I’d encourage you to watch it. It contains some amazing footage that will often lead you to worship our great and glorious Creator God, whose “eternal power and divine nature” are clearly seen “in the things that have been made” (Ro 1:20; cf. Ps 19:1–6).

For more on Planet Earth, see Andy Naselli’s two posts: “Planet Earth: A Theological Documentary” and “Piper on Planet Earth.”

Also, be on the lookout for Life, a forthcoming BBC production, also narrated by David Attenborough.

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Greg Bahnsen Lectures and Debates on YouTube

Greg BahnsenOn Saturday night I discovered the Greg Bahnsen channel on YouTube, which has five video lectures (in 32 parts) and two audio debates (in 20 parts). Greg Bahnsen delivered the video lectures in 19911 as a five-part series, Basic Training for Defending the Faith (Amazon | Monergism), to soon-to-be college students. I spent a little while listening to bits and pieces of them, and they look terrific. The audio debates are the classic against Gordon Stein and the lesser-known against George Smith. I’ve heard them both before—the former more than half-a-dozen times. If you haven’t yet listened to them, I’d encourage you to do so, especially the one against Stein.

Here’s the complete list of everything that’s available:

Video Lectures: Basic Training for Defending the Faith (Five Parts | 4:49:29)

Part One—The Myth of Neutrality (5 Parts | 48:52)

  1. Greg Bahnsen—The Myth of Neutrality (Part 1 of 5) | 9:40
  2. Greg Bahnsen—The Myth of Neutrality (Part 2 of 5) | 9:55
  3. Greg Bahnsen—The Myth of Neutrality (Part 3 of 5) | 9:51
  4. Greg Bahnsen—The Myth of Neutrality (Part 4 of 5) | 9:59
  5. Greg Bahnsen—The Myth of Neutrality (Part 5 of 5) | 9:27

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Footnotes

  1. I’m inferring this number from his reference to Terminator 2 coming out “this summer.”
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The Story of Zac Smith

I encourage you to invest four-and-a-half minutes of your day watching this powerful and moving video about Zac Smith’s cancer, faith, and God.

The Story of Zac Smith from NewSpring Media on Vimeo.

Here are his concluding comments: “This I do know. If God chooses to heal me, then God is God, and God is good. If God chooses not to heal me and allows me to die, God is still God, and God is still good. To God be the glory.”

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Peter Hitchens: The Rage Against God

The Rage Against GodPeter Hitchens (blog), brother of the well-known atheist Christopher Hitchens (website), talks about his faith and his forthcoming book The Rage Against God: How Atheism Led Me to Faith (to be published by Zondervan and due out on May 1) in these two videos.

They’re an interesting watch. The first is only 2:08. If you don’t have 8:38 to spare for the second, I’d recommend starting at 4:10.

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