Reflection & Book Review on “Misreading Scripture with Western Eyes”

Reflection & Book Review on “Misreading Scripture with Western Eyes”

[Editor’s Note: D. J. Baber is a student in the MAGL program at Western Seminary. As a field-tested missionary, he provides much insight into the claims and propositions of the book, Misreading Scripture with Western Eyes, by Brandon O’brien and Randy Richards.]   “…the most powerful cultural values are those that go without being said”, write Richards and O’Brien’s in their book “Misreading Scripture through Western Eyes”.[i]  The authors labor diligently, not so much to bridge the cultural gap so that the…

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News: Lausanne and Operation World Agree to Partnership

News: Lausanne and Operation World Agree to Partnership

Good news for missions mobilization and prayer for the nations: The Lausanne Movement and Operation World have made a formal announcement today. Lausanne begins the statement saying, “The Lausanne Movement and Operation World announced today that they are entering into a unique partnership to mobilise prayer for the nations and world evangelisation.” For the full article, see Lausanne’s announcement here.

Jonathan Edwards on Revival, series p. 3

Jonathan Edwards on Revival, series p. 3

Why is it impossible for self-love to be the foundation of genuine Evangelical spirituality? 4a.  For Edwards there is no room for self-love in the believer as foundational.  John 4:19 says, “We love him, because he first loved us.”  God is the mover the first initiator to regenerate a man and therefore once a man sees the awesomeness, majesty, beauty, and holiness of God he should be captivated by it apart from its personal benefits.  To see God as He…

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Jonathan Edwards on Revival, series p. 2

Jonathan Edwards on Revival, series p. 2

What constitutes a “spiritual” person in the perspective of the New Testament? 3a.  A spiritual person has the Spirit of God in him. The spiritual person means sanctified and gracious.  This does not mean perfectionism, but it does mean the spiritual person is in a notable process of sanctification and grace.  Christians are called “spiritual,” because they are born of the Spirit and because of the indwelling and holy influences of the Spirit of God in them, writes Edwards.  The…

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Jonathan Edwards on Revival, series p.1

Jonathan Edwards on Revival, series p.1

What happened under Edwards’ ministry at Northampton during the winter of 1734–1735? 2a. A stirring of interest in the Lord began in the young people in 1734 and an outpouring of the Spirit began to “turn the hearts of fathers to their children and the hearts of children to their fathers,” (Mal. 4:6) The interest of the young people spread to their parents and God began to illuminate their hearts to the truth of the gospel and dead orthodoxy started to…

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