On Books with D. A. Carson

In this interview, Mark Dever asks D. A. Carson for a tour of both how he writes and what he’s written.


On Young People and the Emerging Church

“Young people will give their lives for an exclamation point, but they will not give their lives for a question mark, not for very long anyway.  Once the protest runs out and the emerging church has its own blogdom, and conferences, and church networks, and book deals, there will be no exclamation point, and all that’s left will be ethical intentions and passionate appeals for kingdom living.  This will not sustain a movement – the protest will for a while, but once that’s gone there will be no great vision of God, no urgent proclamation of salvation, no eternal judgment or reward at stake, just a call to live rightly and love one another.  That message will sell on Oprah, Larry King, and at the Oscars, but it won’t sustain and propel a gospel-driven church, because it isn’t the gospel.”

Kevin DeYoung, in Why We’re Not Emergent: By Two Guys Who Should Be

What do you think?

C.J. Mahaney On Parenting

“As I understand it, parenting is about preparation.  Preparation for our children’s future and preparation for the fast-approaching final day of judgment.  If you are a father or mother, let me ask you: How’s the preparation going?  What is your plan for preparing your child?  What are the content and goals of your preparation?  What kind of legacy will you be leaving for your son or daughter?  Have you given this much though?  You should.”

“All parenting is ultimately a preparation for that day when your child will stand before the judgment seat of Christ and give an account.”


from Humility: True Greatness

The Second Coming is Like Lightning and Vultures

caseOne of my goals for 2009 is to study the main eschatological views, to better understand them and to determine what I “really believe” about the end times.  Currently, I’m reading A Case for Amillennialism: Understanding the End Times, by Kim Riddlebarger.  I’m not suggesting that John Piper is an amillenialist, but this post, from the Desiring God web site, reminds me of one of the key arguments against the rapture that most people are familiar with, i.e., a sudden, secret, “snatching away” of God’s people from earth, with those who do not belong to Him being “left behind” (hey – there’s a catchy title).

Dr. Albert Mohler’s Review of “The Shack”

In case you missed it, this is a review from Dr. Albert Mohler’s radio show of “The Shack”, by William Young.

Review of “The Shack”