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.

Propitiation: Only One Reason?

Propitiation, then, means that Christ has satisfied the holy wrath of God through His payment for sin. There was only one reason for Him to do this: He loves us.

The Search for Significance, by Robert S. McGee

Was there only one reason why Christ was put forward to be the propitiation for  our sins? If there is more than one reason, which one does the apostle Paul give?

“God put [Christ Jesus] forward as a propitiation by his blood, to be received by faith. This was to show God’s righteousness, because in his divine forbearance he had passed over former sins. It was to show his righteousness at the present time, so that he might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.” (Romans 3.25-26)

Yes, the Father deeply loves those for whom he sent his one and only Son to die. And, yes, Jesus deeply loves those for whom he became their propitiation. However, God also passionately loves his own righteousness so much that he displayed it in Christ’s being a propitiation on the cross, in a way that magnifies himself as just and the justifier of those who love Jesus.

GOD loves you in the way that shows he loves himself. Any other love is idolatry.