Even though I was raised in a Romanian Baptist family without any access to the church fathers or the reformers (it was under communism when Christian literature was very scarce), I was attracted toward them from the very beginning. While many of the church fathers are usually associated with the Orthodox Church which was understood as being (mostly) dead in Romania when I grew up as a Baptist, there is no doubt in my mind that many of the writings of the church fathers are still very useful for the church. After all, the Holy Spirit has a history, and to read the Bible with the church fathers, the Reformers, and the Puritans is like having a bible study across the centuries.
This is a brief note to point out a few great articles by Tim Keller on theological engagement.
The first one is entitled Gospel Polemics.
The second one gives Three Rules for Polemics.
And the last one gives some very good guidelines from the the 17th century Scottish divine George Gillespie on how to Be Winsome and Persuasive .
I find all that I read very useful for any kind (not only theological) of debates and discussions.
By God’s grace I am planning to preach from the Psalter (selected psalms) for the next few months (years?).
In connection with this I opened a new blog: Preaching the Psalms where I plan to post my notes and (hopefully) audio sermons.
These days I am preaching at Wangsung English Ministry . Feel free to visit us! 🙂
Please visit my blog and leave your comments and suggestions. If you have some links to great messages on the Psalter, please let me know. I especially like the sermons of Dick Lucas (St Helen’s) at this point.
I hope and pray that my notes will be useful to English speaking workers who do not have access to the resources I have.
Open Doors has just posted the World Watch List. Much prayer is needed especially for North Korea, Iran, etc.
You can see the World Watch List here .
Here is some more information from the Open Doors website:
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