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 Newsletter - December 15, 2013

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  1. Matthew 10 

    This chapter includes the sending out of the disciples. It also has one or two tricky passages which are utilized by groups like the preterists. [32 minutes]

    Paul Henebury

  2. Q223 : Leading Captivity Captive 

    Who or what did Jesus lead captive when He gave gifts to men (Eph. 4:8)?

    Tony Garland

  3. The Origin of Murder (Matthew 5:21-26) 

    Murder originates in the heart. [42 minutes]

    Greg Summers

  4. Book Recommendation: Jonathan Edwards: A Life (by George Marsden) 

    This excellent biography of Jonathan Edwards was published in 2003, was selected as a finalist in the National Book Critics Circle Award, and won the Bancroft Prize. Marsden considers the life of Edwards in greater depth than Iain Murrey's similar work and is perhaps more even-handed in paying more attention to the internal struggles which Edward had. Marsden writes from a Christian perspective, "My interest in Edwards arises from my admiration for aspects of his theology. As one committed to a Christian faith in a tradition that is a branch of the same Augustinian and Reformed tree, I find some of Edwards' emphases awe-inspiring. Other aspects seem to me to be brilliant analysis based on false premises. Much else falls in between. Some of his views seem dated. Others are valuable just because they come from another era and challenge assumptions that are today too easily taken for granted. Overall, since I have learned from many of his insights, my attitude toward Edwards' theology is more sympathetic than not" [p. 6]. Marsden's historical expertise allows him to successfully set forth Edwards within the context of his place place and time, "One of my hopes is that this book may help bridge the gap between the Edwards of the students of American culture and the Edwards of the theologians. Historians of American culture, thought, and literature are primarily concerned to understand Edwards in relation to his time or perhaps to understand his influence in relation to subsequent times. Theologians are concerned to appropriate aspects of Edwards' thought for their own times. As a biographer attempting to understand Edwards first as an eighteenth-century figure, I have been working most directly as a cultural historian. Yet I have been doing this always with an eye on the theological question, taking his thought seriously as part of the larger Christian tradition" [p. 502].

    Tony Garland

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