Jonathan Edwards on The Two Books

The book of Scripture is the interpreter of the book of nature two ways, viz., by declaring to us those spiritual mysteries that are indeed signified and typified in the constitution of the natural world; and secondly, in actually making application of the signs and types in the book of nature as representations of those spiritual mysteries in many instances.

As quoted in Jonathan Edwards and the Bible.


Systematic Biblical Counseling: A Recommendation of CCEF

At Christian Counseling & Educational Foundation (CCEF), their mission aims to Restore Christ to Counseling and Counseling to the Church. Here are four ways their ministry accomplishes this mission: (1) Counseling; (2) Classroom Training; (3) Distance Education; (4) Publications; (5) Conferences.

You can peer into the classroom here as Molly Friesen reminisces about 10 Top Things I Think About My Classes at CCEF.

My only experiences thus far with CCEF have been reading books and listening to messages by their own faculty members. Here are a few books I’ve read, or ones I’m currently reading:
1) Seeing With New Eyes by David Powlison
2) Speaking Truth In Love by David Powlison
3) How People Change by Timothy S. Lane and Paul David Tripp
4) When People are Big and God is Small by Edward T. Welch
5) Addictions–A Banquet in the Grave by Edward T. Welch

I just finished a seminal “Christian Counseling” class at the seminary in which I’m currently pursuing a Masters in Theology. Paradoxically, it was one of the most valuable classes I’ve taken so far, simply because it was one with which I’ve disagreed most vehemently. CCEF’s resources (as partially listed above) were the bedrock on which I planted my feet, as I stood face to face with a view of Christian Counseling that seriously lacked a robust grasp of the Redeemer Triune God, the Scriptures that critique the thoughts and motivations of our hearts, and an Anthropology that says we live and move and have our being in a God-contextual world.

After graduating with a ThM, I hope to attend classes at CCEF through their Distance Education Program. Until then, I plan to delightfully commend their ministry and work to you! Thank you, CCEF! And, thank you, my sovereign and ever-present God, for revealing more of yourself in Christ and by your Spirit to me, through your servants at CCEF. Precious Lord, now that I know just a tiny bit more of you, your word, and your world, I have found just tad bit more of myself. To you alone belongs the glory, forever and ever! Amen.

The Requisites and Rewards of Penetrating Greek Thought

Mental effort and perseverance are no doubt required in order to penetrate the riches of Greek thought, but any effort that is expended in the attempt to understand and appreciate the philosophy of those two men of genius, Plato and Aristotle, is amply rewarded: it can no more be wasted than the effort we expend to appreciate at its full value the music of Beethoven or Mozart or the beauty of the cathedral at Chartres Greek drama, Greek architecture, Greek sculpture, are imperishable memorials of the Greek genius and culture, of the glory of Hellas; but that glory would be incomplete without Greek philosophy and we cannot appreciate fully the culture of the Greeks unless we know something of Greek philosophy.

Frederick Copleston, S.J., The History of Philosophy — Volume I: Greece and Rome

How Should We Then Read?

I believe that prayer is the measure of the man, spiritually, in a way that nothing else is, so that how we pray is as important a question as we can ever face.

After reading and thinking over J.I. Packer’s bold sentence on prayer in the book, My Path of Prayer, the following sentence came to mind that may make an equally jolting appeal:

I believe that reading is the measure of the man, spiritually (and, intellectually) in a way that nearly nothing else is, so that how we read is as important a question as we can ever face.