Are you a Christian hedonist?

Should you be?  The short answer, according to John Piper, is yes.  In Desiring God: Meditations of a Christian Hedonist, Piper makes his case for why he believes the Bible teaches that we should all be Christian hedonists.  This is a book that I can highly recommend.  It was originally written about 25 years ago (1986)  and a revised edition has been released this year.  The book will be helpful for Christians of any maturity level but I think it will be most helpful for younger or newer believers.  It will drive them to Scriptures to see whether Piper’s claims and explanations are true.  It will also serve to get rid of some of the stereotypes placed on Christians.

Piper lives by the motto “God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in Him”.  Starting with this he lays out the biblical case that all Christians should be Christian hedonists.  Christian hedonism is defined as a philosophy of life in which Christians seek to maximize their joy with the understanding that the only true way to accomplish this is to seek it in Christ.  As our joy in Christ grows He receives more glory.

This book is saturated with Scripture.  Piper backs up everything he says by proving it from the word of God.  He also quotes other sources extensively such as Jonathan Edwards, C.S. Lewis, an many, many more.  He deals with many areas Christians can exercise their Christian hedonism such as worship, love, Scripture, prayer, money, marriage, missions, and sufferings.  Christian hedonism should touch every aspect of the believers life and draw him/her closer to God.

Do yourself a favor and read this book……

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Multnomah Publishers as part of their Blogging for Books review program. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

2 Peter 3:9 – Who does “all” refer to?

2 Peter 3:9   The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.

Does 2 Peter 3:9 mean that God wants everyone to be saved?  Does all mean all all the time?  Can all ever mean something else?  Does this verse disprove the Doctrine of Election?  Lets see……..

This brief article, written by John Samson, seeks to explain this verse in context.  His explanation of this verse is the way I understand it too.  His conclusion is:

Rather than denying election, the verse, understood in its biblical context, is one of the strongest verses in favor of it.

Please take a moment to read the article to see how he comes to this conclusion.  Let me know what you think.

Moore’s Response to Reformed Red Flags

Jared Moore has responded to the document that was recently being distributed among West Tennessee churches in order to help them determine if their pastor is a “dirty Calvinist”.  It contained 16 things that churches should look for.  Moore responds to each of the 16 things with some much needed sanity.

There does not have to be a division in the SBC over this issue.  It is my hope that at some point those who are so vocal about their opposition to Reformed Theology in the SBC will realize this.

God-Centered Salvation and Man-Centered Salvation Explained Briefly

Here is a brief article by Alan Kurschner explaining God-centered salvation vs. man-centered salvation.  These two concepts of salvation are diametrically opposed to each other.  I think the article makes this clear even though it is short.  Take a minute to read the article and then examine what you believe about salvation.

Which category does your belief fall into?  Is your belief consistent with what is taught in the Bible?  If not, are you motivated to do some more study and possibly change your belief?  Share your thoughts in the comments here.

Some Thoughts on Being a Bible Literalist

In this post, Chris Rosebrough has some suggestions for you if you are ever “accused” of being a Bible literalist.  I personally would consider it a compliment to be accused of this but it is most often meant as a way of labeling someone in a negative way.  Rosebrough says

In short, you should strive to have no opinion of scripture that contradicts or conflicts with Jesus’ view of scripture. When you adopt that position you’ll be in good company. That was exactly the same view of scripture that Jesus’ disciples who later became the Apostles took.

Rosebrough touches on the different genres in Scripture and how each should be read.  He also makes the vital point that when we read the Bible we have to seek the authors original meaning.  Read the article and let me know if you agree or disagree with what Rosebrough says.  For the record, I completely agree with him on this subject.

By the way, if you have never listened to his podcast called Fighting For the Faith let me suggest that you do.  It is very good and you will learn a lot.  I don’t agree with every point he makes but I feel very comfortable suggesting his podcast to others.

I Have Been Interviewed

I have been interviewed by my friend Brett concerning my use of Prof. Horner’s Bible Reading System.  You can read part 1 here and part 2 here.  I have been using the system for a little over 100 days now.  If you are interested, go and read the interview and let me know what you think.

Warning: Don’t watch this interview if you don’t want to hear the true Gospel

Book Giveaway

They are having a book giveaway over at The Lighthearted Calvinist.  The book is a commentary on Revelation.  If you are interested, click here and submit an entry.

Prof. Grant Horner’s Bible Reading System

I recently came across Prof. Grant Horner’s Bible Reading System in this post by Nathan over at Cal.vini.St.  Basically, this system divides the Bible into 10 lists and you read one chapter from each list each day.  Dr. Horner says “The goal of this system is simple, and twofold: To know scripture, and to love and obey God more!

I often become convicted of the fact that I don’t read my Bible enough.  I am reading it almost on a daily basis (most of the time) but often it is not just to read it.  I am usually preparing for a class that I am teaching.  There is an abundance of Bible reading systems available and I have tried some of them before.  I have never stuck with one for very long because I get bored with the system and want some variety.  Also, sometimes I get distracted with reading other books and spend all (or most)  my available reading time on them.  Please don’t misunderstand me, I don’t think it is wrong to read other books as long as you are not reading something inappropriate.

So, I have decided give Prof. Grant Horner’s Bible Reading System a try.  I just completed Day 5.  I can so that so far it has gone well.  I can recommend that you give it a try.  Dr. Horner also has a Facebook page where you can also check out the system and read comments by people who are using the system.

If you give it a try, let me know how it works for you.

Open Discussion: Seeking Knowledge of God vs. Worshipping the Unknown and Unknowable

In another post the comments have taken a turn into an interesting discussion that has nothing to do with the original post.  I am starting this post in order to continue that discussion.  I am not going to move those comments to this post because I don’t know an easy way to do it and I am not going to do each one individually.  You can go to that post to see how the discussion progressed to this point.

I hope you enjoy the discussion and if you have something to add, feel free to do so.

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