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Free Book Friday: D.A. Carson’s Memoirs of an Ordinary Pastor: The Life and Reflections of Tom Carson

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D.A. Carson’s Memoirs of an Ordinary Pastor in a PDF!

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Where God Becomes Favorable

The cross is the place, the event, the sacrifice, by which God becomes favorable or propitious towards us poor sinners. – D.A. Carson, Basics for Believers

on the Language of Propitiation

Thus, when we use the language of propitiation, we are not to think that the Son, full of love, offered himself and thereby placated (i.e., rendered propitious) the Father, full of wrath. The picture is more complex. It is that the Father, full of righteous wrath against us, nevertheless loved us so much that he sent his Son. Perfectly mirroring his Father’s words and deeds, the Son stood over against us in wrath – it is not for nothing that the Scriptures portray sinners wanting to hide from the face of him who sits on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb – yet, obedient to his Father’s commission, offered himself on the cross. He did this out of love both for his Father, whom he obeys, and for us, whom he redeems. Thus God is necessarily both the subject and the object of propitiation. He provides the propitiating sacrifice (he is the subject), and he himself is propitiated (he is the object). That is the glory of the cross.- D.A. Carson

A Few Books for your Consideration

 Given that I serve my local body by running our bookstore, I wanted to point out a few titles that we use a ton at my local church, Grace Bible. I have them listed below by theme. I pray that these are a help to you.

Valley of Vision– this a collection of puritan prayers. I use this book personally in my quit times to help move my thinking towards the lord and the cross before I read my bible. 

A Call to Spiritual Reformation by D.A. Carson– Looks at the prayers of Paul. I have watched this book change the pray lives of men around me.

 Living the Christian Life:
Pursuit of Holiness by Jerry Bridges– This is a classic on running the race set before us through the power of the cross.

Sex is not the Prolbem, Lust is by Joshua Harris- This is a book I reread about every 9 months. it is deeply practical by richly biblical. A rare combination. 

Respectable Sins by Jerry Bridges– This book targets sins we may not think are sins. I have found this book to be a very humbling read. 

Sharing your faith: 
The Gospel and Personal Evangelism by Mark Dever– This is the best book on sharing your faith I have ever read. 

To strengthen your Faith: 
Christian Beliefs by Wanye Grudem– This is a systematic theology in miniature. I used it in my daily reading and read it over the course of a month. 

Classics of the Faith: 
Resolutions And Advice to Young Converts by Jonathan Edwards– This is the best introduction to Edwards I know of. This small, put meaty book is a great starting point for anyone interested in Edwards but afraid of his writing style. 

Reading for Those with Little Time: 
Life is a Vapor by John Piper– Short readings. Meaty, heart changing stuff.

D.A. Has Got Me Thinking

The below quote by D.A. Carson from For the Love of God, Volume 1 has me thinking;

We must recognize that confessing evangelicals who nominally eschew tradition sometimes embrace traditions that effectively domesticate the Word of God. These may be traditional interpretations of Scripture, or traditional ecclesiastical practices, or traditional forms of conduct that are “allowed” in our circles but that are a long way from holy Scripture. In every case, fidelity to Christ mandates reformation by the Word of God.

What Carson has me thinking of is what traditions do I and my Church and my slice of the Christian pie hold up to scriptural status, as if these things were handed down by God himself? more to the point, what traditions are we,am I holding to that are just dead wrong and opposed by God.

D.A. Carson’s For the Love of God Free Daily

The Gospel Coalition has turned D.A. Carson’s Book,”For the Love of God: A Daily Companion for Discovering the Riches of God’s Word, Volume 1”  into a daily devotional blog to help you with you daily Bible reading if you are using the M’Cheyne daily reading plan. Click here to take a look.


Matt’s Favorite Reads of 2009

Several weeks ago Russ, as the faithful administrator of this blog, sent us an email asking for our favorite extra-Biblical reads of 2009.  I thought about it but never sent him a response.  Then I noticed the rest of the guys posting stuff and figured that I should at the very least send him something even if it’s not at all what he requested.  I spent 2009 avoiding extra-Biblical reading, so this question doesn’t apply.  I typically read a book a week, but this year I aimed for reading through the Bible a couple times (1.5 to be honest) and listening to a lot of sermons.  Here is what ministered to me the most.
Reading through the Bible quickly.  My aim was to read through the Bible in 90 days…I ended up doing it in about 115.  I HIGHLY recommend this.  See my post about it here. I also have a link to a 90 day plan.  Here is a different plan that I didn’t use, but my wife just started it.
D.A. Carson’s Sermons on Evangelism in the 21st century.  These sermons changed the way I interact with non-believers.  They change the way I look at culture and the Gospel.  They changed everything for me.  I recommended these to my brother-in-law who is a youth pastor and he changed his teaching schedule for the next year as a response.  I cannot recommend these three sermons enough.
CJ Mahaney on Gospel Centered Parenting.  Once again, these sermons opened my eyes to a completely new interactive experience with others.  I was just looking for some parent helping from Mr. Mahaney, instead I learned how to bring the Gospel into my everyday life.  If you have no children, go listen to these sermons and think of them as evangelism sermons with anyone that you interact with regularly.  If you have children, stop reading this post and go listen…
Matt Chandler Preached a Series on the Church this year that I really enjoyed.  He didn’t tell me anything new, but he explained many things more clearly and there are a few illustrations in this series that I will plagiarize for the rest of my life.
Finally, the sermon of the year, goes to Smedly Yates (one of the teaching elders at my church Grace Bible Church, Tempe).  He preached a series on missions and when he talked about how missions should be ecclesiological…well listen.
Praise God for faithful men who dedicate their lives to preaching and teaching.  Our job is to use their hard work to grow in our love for and dedication to the Father.  Let’s go be great servants and show those we interact with, the Father.
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