My friend Matthew Lee Anderson started his latest book after I started mine and it has released well before mine. Way to go, Matt! Matt is the lead writer at the very helpful blog Mere Orthodoxy. It is an absolute joy to read his writing; as I’ve said before, I think he is one of […]
3 Things to Remember When Critiquing Someone's Theology
Justin Taylor: Critique — done well — is a gift to the one being criticized. We should welcome the opportunity to have our thinking corrected and clarified. We see through a glass dimly, and God has gifted the church with teachers who often see things more clearly than we do at present. In God’s providence […]
You Cannot be Teachable Unless You Are Critical
Excellent. From Justin Taylor, quoting Adler’s How to Read a Book (p. 140): Teachability is often confused with subservience. A person is wrongly thought to be teachable if he is passive and pliable. On the contrary, teachability is an extremely active virtue. No one is really teachable who does not freely exercise his power of […]
Is Asking Questions of the Biblical Text Respectful?
Yesterday I posted a passage from John Piper’s book Think: The Life of the Mind and the Love of God on the importance of asking questions of the biblical text in order to grow in our understanding (this is true in the rest of life as well!). For example, simply asking the question “why is […]