Einstein and Faith

TIME magazine has a fascinating excerpt from a new biography of Albert Einstein. This particular piece describes Einstein’s religious views, which were more akin to Spinoza’s than one might expect.

“For some people, miracles serve as evidence of God’s existence. For Einstein it was the absence of miracles that reflected divine providence. The fact that the world was comprehensible, that it followed laws, was worthy of awe.”

According to the author, Einstein was a determinist with no place for a personal god. His religion bore a greater resemblance to Deism than it did to Judaism or Christianity, though he had a detached appreciation for elements from both of the latter.

This one is a good read, and I recommend your checking it out:

“Einstein and Faith” – by Walter Isaacson (TIME)

Eliot

Readers of this blog know that I love the humorous videos produced by the Igniter Media Group (e.g., “Get in Here Ministries” and “Teamwork”). But the material they produce is not all humorous. Some of it is very serious indeed.

One of their newest productions is a true story about a little boy named Eliot. I took a special interest in this particular video because my wife and I had followed this boy’s story last fall and had been praying for him and his family. Their testimony paints a vivid picture of the preciousness of every life. This story is so terrible and so good, that I was compelled to share it with you.

“99 Balloons” – by the Igniter Media Group

Come, Lord Jesus. We need you to come very soon.

Doonesbury Lampoons Romney

Does Presidential hopeful Mitt Romney have the courage of his convictions? The comic strip Doonesbury doesn’t think so. As I have written before on this blog, he has a long way to go before he convinces pro-life voters that he is really pro-life. Right now, he appears to both liberals and conservatives as a rank opportunist whose “convictions” are shaped by whatever will get him the most votes in his next election. Thus far, his is hardly an inspiring candidacy. Continue Reading →

John Piper’s Message to the Pastors

John Piper preached in the chapel of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary last week, and he addressed a crowed auditorium of future pastors and church leaders. As usual, the messages were powerful. The video above contains excerpts that give a glimpse into one of the sermons, but you really need to listen to both sermons in full. Here they are.

“We Work with You for Your Joy” – John Piper (March 27, 2007)

“The Gospel of Christ” – John Piper (March 29, 2007)

The Historical Jesus Equals the Jesus of the Bible (part 2)

Yesterday I wrote that I had begun reading two books that address the so-called “Quest for the Historical Jesus.” The first book I discussed was John Piper’s What Jesus Demands from the World. The second book is Richard Bauckham’s Jesus and the Eyewitnesses: The Gospels as Eyewitness Testimony. This book is written on a totally different level than Piper’s book. It is written by a world class scholar, and it is written for scholars. The main argument of Bauckham’s book is an important one as it confronts one of the key assumptions of Jesus Questers.

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The Historical Jesus Equals the Jesus of the Bible (part 1)

Over the last four-hundred years or so, critical scholars of the New Testament have been on a quest to apply the methods of historical research to the canonical Gospels in order to discern what the historical Jesus was really like. The assumption underlying much of this work over the years is the idea that the Gospels do not give us an accurate portrait of Jesus, so we have to go behind the scripture to find out who Jesus really was.

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McKissic and Southwestern Trustees Make Amends

Sam Hodges of the Dallas Morning News reports that Dwight McKissic and the trustees of Southwestern Seminary have made amends. This is welcome news since the scuttlebutt had been that the trustees were going to ask the Southern Baptist Convention to remove him from the board. I hope this peace sticks. Here’s the statement that Southwestern just released from the trustees:

The officers of the trustees of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary have met with trustee Rev. Dwight McKissic and have jointly agreed to put past issues behind us. We look forward to working together for many years to impact SWBTS and the world for Christ.

T. Van McClain, Ph.D.
Chairman, Board of Trustees for SWBTS

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