Tuesday, April 15, 2008

No time for reading . . . and less for blogging!

To my handful of "avid" readers: I'm busy. Don't expect much productivity for a few weeks yet. In the remaining six hours a week when I'm not teaching, tutoring, planning to teach, grading, fretting about teaching, or going crazy about my students, I get to do three things, (1) talk with my lovely girlfriend over the phone, (2) search for a pastor for Franklin Street Community, or (3) read, read, read for Intro to Pastoral and Theological Studies.

What am I reading? I'm sure Ted cares, if few others. But here's what now occupies my time instead of blogging or journaling or photography or drawing or other pursuits of mine:

Peter Lillback, ed., The Practical Calvinist -- This collection of essays is a helpful and diverse introduction to various issues in the Reformed and Presbyterian heritage. I actually found this book, as a whole, to be really informative and enjoyable to read.

Dennis Johnson, Him We Proclaim -- Johnson issues a call to re-adopt the apostles' own interpretation and application of the Old Testament in preaching to congregations with both believers and nonbelievers. Johnson emphasizes a typological, but sensible, interpretation of the OT that should serve to call all people to faith, to retrain minds, and to edify believers in lives of holiness. I'm learning a lot of new things while being confirmed in what I've already been coming to see in Scripture over the past few years.

John Frame, The Doctrine of the Knowledge of God -- In this book Dr. Frame addresses the question of how we know truth about God and our relationship to him. It is basically a book about epistemology (the study of truth and knowing), with a nod toward presuppositional apologetics (i.e., Scripture's validity and authority above all other ways of knowing).

John Calvin, Commentary on the Psalms -- Bible + Holy Spirit (+ Calvin) = Christ-centered, covenantal exposition of the Psalms.

In addition to having written a ten-page reflection on The Practical Calvinist, I'll also be composing a ten-page sermon or exposition of a psalm based on Johnson, Calvin, and Frame. (Any suggestions for a psalm?) So, consider the blogosphere down one blogger for the next six weeks.

P.S. You need good, energizing music. Mute Math makes good, energizing music. Problem solved. Now if only I had an iPod . . . C'mon economic stimulus check!


Halfmom, AKA, Susan said...

I think you should buy an iPod! Certainly the 21st birthday gift of one here has proven well worth the investment - plus, I get the left over CDs once they're loaded!

I will look forward to your sermon - but I noticed that I didn't receive a copy of your paper to read!

Halfmom, AKA, Susan said...

OK - I actually went to the UTube site and listened to "typical" - and I thought it was pretty good - SCARY!

Andrew said...

Huh? I e-mailed both you and Olivia a copy of my first paper.

Halfmom, AKA, Susan said...

Somehow the email didn't get to me - but I know she got hers because she as reading the paper!

Ted M. Gossard said...

Good Andrew, Your blog arose!

I need to get over here more often, but the books look good. I have the one by Frame, a good writer. I lean more towards presuppositional apologetics as well, though in that position one does not rule out the (can't remember the word used) apologetic that accounts for historical evidence, such as for Jesus' resurrection.

I'm sure I'd benefit from all those books.

And a lovely picture.

Andrew said...


It's called "evidentialist" apologetics.

Ted M. Gossard said...

Yes. I actually see a combination of both in Scripture, since after all, ours is a historical faith. But built on what is evident to humankind from God through natural revelation. One part of our witness that Paul uses.

Of course you know this, but just sharing my thought and position on it, or simple take on it.