Saturday, 6 June 2009
Eric Liddell, born 1902 to Scottish missionary parents with London Missionary Society in China, Scottish athlete, missionary, returned to England for studies from 1908-1924, served in China 1925-45, died 1945. Won the 400m gold and 200m bronze in 1924 Paris Olympics.
Saturday, 8 December 2007
Darrell L. Bock (b. 1954) is a New Testament scholar and research professor of New Testament Studies at Dallas Theological Seminary in Dallas, TX. He has a B.A. from the University of Texas at Austin (1975), a Th.M. from Dallas Theological Seminary (1979), and a Ph.D. from the University of Aberdeen (1983). Bock has also done postdoctoral study at Tübingen University in Tübingen, Germany where he was a Humboldt Scholar. He is an expert on Luke-Acts. Bock is the Professor for Spiritual Development and Culture for the Center for Christian Leadership.
His works include the monograph “Blasphemy and Exaltation” in the collection Judaism and the Final Examination of Jesus, and volumes on Luke in both the Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament and the IVP New Testament Commentary Series. Bock is a past president of the Evangelical Theological Society (2000-2001). He is the editor at large for Christianity Today, and has published articles in Los Angeles Times and the Dallas Morning News. He serves as an elder at Trinity Fellowship Church.
Online sermons & writings
Series Title: Historical Backgrounds to the Gospels and Life of Jesus
Do Gender-Sensitive Translations Distort Scripture? Not Necessarily
The Kingdom of God in New Testament Theology: The Battle, The Christ, The Spirit-Bearer, and Returning Son of Man
When the Media Became a Nuisance
Roots Matter (Christianity Today)
Progressive Dispensationalism (PD)
Wednesday, 8 August 2007
A High View of Scripture
As already indicated, it is difficult to assign D. A. Carson a distinct place in the field of evangelical theology. He himself has great admiration and respect for the fathers of the evangelical movement in the United States, Kenneth Kantzer and Carl Henry. Indeed, he had the privilege of interviewing these two men for the video series Know Your Roots in 1991. His own scholarly career has been characterized by a significant degree of independence from other scholars’ views, a bedrock commitment to the authority of Scripture, and use of all the resources available to the modern scholar to interpret it. Carson considers a high view of the Scripture’s integrity a nonnegotiable for his own work.
At the same time, Carson is not a fundamentalist in the sense of interpreting Scripture fideistically and literalistically. He uses intelligent, detailed biblical study as the basis for theological construction and application. This general procedure was already visible in his dissertation on God’s sovereignty and human responsibility. It has been refined over the years and was further elaborated upon in his lecture on biblical theology at the 1993 meeting of the Institute for Biblical Research.
While Carson is committed to biblical theology, he does not therefore eschew systematic theology. Moreover, he is highly concerned about the contextualization of the Christian faith in the pluralistic Western world of today as well as in cross-cultural contexts.
Commitment and Ministry to the Church
For all his erudition, D. A. Carson insists that scholarship and personal faith must not be kept separate. Rather, a deep personal evangelical faith should undergird a person’s effort to search the Scriptures as diligently and penetratingly as possible. Especially commendable is Carson’s strong commitment to serve the needs of the evangelical church today. Indeed, Carson is a symbol for many that competent biblical scholarship and evangelical orthodoxy can go together. Pastors and other committed Christians can turn to his commentaries and biblical studies for help when interpreting difficult passages or confronting controversial issues.
Focus on the Gospel
What is not always understood but is nonetheless crucial for a true appraisal is that Carson, for all his scholarly writings, is first of all a minister of the gospel, not an academician. He is a gospel-centered man, not a theoretician. It appears that academia has not mastered him—he has mastered academia. Why then is Carson so deeply involved in scholarship? Doubtless he recognizes his God-given gifts and desires to be faithful to his calling. Also, Carson believes that people are built up by faithful exposition of the Scriptures and the defense of gospel. Well aware that too often liberals have held sway in the defining moments of discussion, he recognizes that the task of the evangelical is not exhausted by the assertion of truth but that it is also imperative to refute error.
Perhaps one of Carson’s greatest strengths is his ability to appreciate the merits of opposing views and to incorporate the best of both into a balanced mediating position. For example, on the issue of charismata, Carson is not a cessationist, arguing that 1 Corinthians 13 appears to preclude such a position. On the issue of divine sovereignty and human responsibility, Carson holds to “compatibilism”; on the issue of Christian assurance, Carson seeks to balance carefully the believer’s security with the biblical injunctions for perseverance in the Christian faith.
Don (D. A.) Carson (b. 1946) – Reformed evangelical at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. His theology is similar to that of Wayne Grudem except on charismatic issues, where his view may be described as “open but cautious.” Carson’s tendency is to strive for balance and amicability in disputes but is uncompromising on the essentials of the faith. He is a complementarian but supports gender-neutral Bible translations. Carson also helped produce the NLT. He has written books on free will and predestination from a generally compatibilist and Calvinist perspective.
Calvary Baptist Church – Ottawa
Faith Baptist Church – Drummondville
Montclair Church – Hull
Richmond Baptist Church – Toronto
Biography of D. A. Carson (Kostenberger)
D. A. Carson (Wikipedia)
D. A. Carson (Theopedia)
D. A. Carson Biography (Sola por Gracia)
Donald A. Carson, PhD (TEDS Faculty)
Reflections on Salvation and Justification in the NT
“Silent in the Churches”: On the Role of Women in 1 Cor 14:33b-36
Why is the Doctrine of Penal Substitution Again Coming Under Attack?
Saturday, 23 September 2006
Asia’s Pop Music Princess, Sun Ho, Prepares to Conquer America
by Allison Kugel, Senior Editor (PR, 23 Sep 06)
Sun, whose full name is Ho Yeow Sun or Sun Ho as they call her in some countries, began her career as a counselor and social worker of sorts and was discovered in her native Singapore while singing to clients as a form of therapy. She was offered a recording contract on the spot and has since taken the entire region by storm with a multi platinum recording career that has swept across Asia. Sun has become not only a music superstar in her part of the world, but a fashion icon as well whose every look is mimicked by millions of fans. This led to four clothing boutiques in Singapore and the exclusive rights to distribute the Los Angeles based clothing label, Ed Hardy, for which she is also their Asian spokesperson. Adding an unusual twist to her career, Sun keeps up with her counseling responsibilities, counseling people who are in need and referred to her from wherever she happens to be traveling.
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