I sit here in the computer lab checking e-mail and will soon go over my sermon this coming Sunday on Hebrews 5:11-6:8. The title of the sermon is “Why Settle?” In school, we settle for grades just good enough to get us through. In church, we tend to be willing to lead areas and serve on committees — just so long as the bare minimum is required. And in the Scriptures, God issues stern cautions and warnings for those Christians who want to come to Christ — but only if they can do so with minimal commitment. Whereas the late 60’s may have been, as the song goes, “the Age of Aquarius,” we are living now in the Age of Mediocrity. We settle for far too little in too many areas of life.
One man who did not settle for too little was our guest professor today, Dr. Thomas Schreiner. Schreiner serves as the James Buchanan Harrison Professor of New Testament Studies and the Associate Dean for Scripture and Interpretation here at Southern (a title so long, he carries two business cards because one business card cannot contain it all). He came in today to show us how to trace Paul’s various arguments in his epistles. He is working on a commentary on Paul’s Epistle to the Galatians and has a wonderful new work coming out in 2008 on New Testament theology.
Schreiner today inspired me. He is a scholar who is brilliant, but has a passion for the pure undiluted Word of God. His books are very accessible, especially his book on Paul: The Apostle for God’s Glory (IVP, 2006, $15.25 at WTS — click title link). He gave us some very helpful tools in truly understanding the flow of Paul’s thinking. He helped us be able to mine out some wonderful nuggets of gold from the Word.
Here are some books I would like to recommend to you by Dr. Schreiner:
- Believer’s Baptism: Sign of the New Covenant in Christ (Hardcover)
by Thomas R. Schreiner and Shawn D. Wright (Editors)
- Race Set Before Us: A Biblical Theology of Perseverance & Assurance
- Romans (BECNT)
Later tonight, I shall blog on how this week will help me in the ministry at Boone’s Creek. I’m hoping to answer the “so what?” question concerning my time here at Southern. Let’s just say I have been quite refreshed, inspired, and convicted.