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 Featured Scripture

“With God are wisdom and power; counsel and understanding are his. ‘The fear of the LORD–that is wisdom, and to turn away from evil is understanding.’”

Job 12:13; 28:28 (NET)

 

 

Featured Book  




True Reason: Confronting the Rationality of New Atheism

by Tom Gilson and Carson Weitneuer

        
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Book Review

     True Reason: Confronting the Rationality of New Atheism 

              Reviewed by Pastor Michael Hontz

 

  

NEW CCBS BOOK

      Hebrews: Developing Confidence for Reading the Letter

            by George H. Guthrie and Herbert W. Bateman IV  

       









 

 

Hebrews: Developing Confidence for Reading the Letter, is part of the Let’s Know the Bible series intended to build confidence in reading the Bible one book at a time. Bateman and Guthrie first examine the new covenant. Then Guthrie provides three ways to transform your reading of Hebrews. The book ends with a collection of short essays on building confidence for reading the Bible. The book is designed to be used with corresponding free videos clearly identified within the book and available for viewing under "Conferences."

                  Available to buy now on Amazon 

 

 


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Cyber-Center for Biblical Studies. 

Herbert W. Bateman IV

 

 


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The
Cyber-Center for Biblical Studies
 
is an internet resource center that promotes the reading, studying, teaching, and preaching of the Bible.

 


  

A Pastor’s Perspective  

“Wisdom with Limits”
by Timothy D. Sprankle
 

“What are some key areas where you want to grow?” I asked.

Wesley sat across the table from me. He had recently returned home seven months early from a year-long discipleship program. “I want to grow in wisdom,” he confessed. 

Wesley cited other virtues, but wisdom topped the list for good reason. Unfinished commitments dotted his past. Countless opportunities marked his future. The young man wanted to make the best of what lie ahead: marriage, college degree, family, and career. Wisdom, he realized, is the moral compass needed to navigate our lives to better horizons.

But human wisdom is limited. Wes knew this: engrained in his memory was a biblical promise penned by James. “Ask God for wisdom, like you mean, if you lack it, and he will supply it” (1:5, para.).

Wes wanted more than pastoral advice or career coaching; he craved divine wisdom.

While James’ adopts the syntax and symbols of Hebrew wisdom literature, the apostle Paul also dapples in wisdom. His letter to believers in Rome helps us understand wisdom from a biblical perspective.

First, God is the source of true wisdom. He is the only wise God (Rom. 16:27). In him, wisdom and knowledge are boundless, guiding his eternal plan to reach all peoples through Jesus’s redemptive work (11:33-36).

Second, God’s wisdom informs our moral decisions. Wise people obey God, trusting his parameters for moral good (16:19). Fools dismiss God and begin their descent into idolatry, self-centeredness, and moral decay (1:18-32, esp. v. 22). Thus, people loosely fit into one of two camps: fools and wise ones. Fortunately, the apostle Paul preached God’s offer of salvation to both (1:14).

Third, human wisdom has limits. We may study the Bible thoroughly, talk to God earnestly, constantly seek advice from others, deeply research our topic, and thoughtfully weigh our decisions (e.g., pros-and-cons lists), but absolute certainty still escapes us. In fact, the more we rely on personal methods of discernment, the more we may be guilty of overestimating human wisdom. 

“Never be wise in your own sight,” Paul wrote (12:13). The admonition follows a series of brief imperatives for unity to a divided Roman church, apparently wrestling with self-righteousness and a system of religious tiering based upon spiritual gifts and personal liberties (ch. 12-14). The command is for a community in crisis; God views wisdom as a communal good. 

When pursued merely for personal gain, wisdom is myopic. When sought solely to build self-confidence, wisdom is near-sighted. When developed for the good of others, wisdom is divine.

I am grateful Wesley invited me to discover wisdom with him. We discover her most in good company. Yes, we may learn wisdom from the sages to navigate a better life for ourselves. But such wisdom has limits. For the best life, we pursue God together: he is the source of wisdom. We follow his moral guidance and accept our limitations. If Wesley continues this pursuit with other believers, his marriage, college degree, family, and career will follow a better path.

Timothy D. Sprankle

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"A Pastor's Perspective" is a CCBS ministry directed by Timothy D. Sprankle, Senior Pastor of Leesburg Grace Brethren Church. He solicits, collects, and edits all submissions before posting. He earned his B.A. (2001) and M.Div. degrees from Grace Theological Seminary (2004). 

 

Previously posted blogs are also available: "A Pastor's Perspective."

 

Special Post

A Special Post for the Nerdy Language Majors Facebook members: "The Minority Report. A Different Assessment for Interpreting Jude" by H.W. Bateman IV (2017). The article is an overview and introduction to Herbert W. Bateman's commentary on Jude published in the Evangelical Exegetical Commenary series with Lexham Press (digital version, 2015; hardcopy version, 2017).

 

 

Understanding the Gospels: A Guide for Preaching and Teaching (2017)

Interpreting the General Letters: An Exegetical Guide (2013)Four Views on the Warning Passages in Hebrews (2007)

Evangelical Exegetical Commentary on Jude (2015, 2017)

Jesus the Messiah:
Tracing the Promises, Expectations, and Coming of Israel's King (2012)