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It probably seems like Pastor John Piper pops up a lot on this website.  And you know what?  It’s true.  I do point listeners to him often.  Very often, in fact.  But when someone gets a question right, really right, and the idea is communicated clearly and in an interesting way, how can it be ignored?

With that, I recommend to you a profound discussion on the nature and purpose of creational groaning.  In other words, why are there awful deformities in the world?  Why devastating earthquakes?  Horrible diseases?  Tornadoes?  Starvation?  Crippling effects of age?  Decay?  Death?  

The correct answer, of course, is sin.  But why has the transgression of our first parents so affected the physical realm?  What did it do wrong?  Why should it be subjected to decay and death?  Why should it become so disordered?

Why? 

Piper’s answer is, in my estimation, gloriously biblical and insightful.  Exercise your Christian worldview with this message and feast on some meat. 

Difficulty: Intermediate

Must Listen Factor: Must listen.

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Doubt – D.A. Carson

Concerning Thomas we read, “So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord.” But he said to them, “Unless I see in his hands the mark of the nails, and place my finger into the mark of the nails, and place my hand into his side, I will never believe.” (John 20:25)

Doubt is a strange creature.  Not only does it visit the timid, but can even unsettle the most stalwart of saints.  Just nine chapters earlier in the Gospel of John, Thomas declared, “Let us also go, that we may die with Him.”

Let us also go, that we may die with Him… 

Have we uttered similar words only find ourselves back peddling in unbelief, when some trial confronts us?  Surely it is so. 

Intellectual giftedness isn’t a sure remedy either.  Here I am reminded of something Alvin Plantinga once wrote.  Reflecting on his faith, he said that sometimes Christianity is as sure to him as the existence of a place called South Bend, Indiana.  But then at other times, and much to his dismay, he wonders if he’s profoundly wrong and doubts it all. 

Doubt.  All of us wrestle with it.  All of us can sympathize with the man who cried, “I believe.  Help my unbelief.”        

Listen as D.A. Carson helps us think biblically about doubt.  It is a great message and one that will surely profit many.  I especially enjoyed his personal stories.  I commend it to you.

Difficulty: Beginner to Intermediate

Must Listen Factor: High

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It would be going too far to say that he’s definitively answered the question of harmonization, when it comes to the Gospels, but Dr. Silva certainly presents some interesting and thought provoking ideas.  His approach focuses on the purpose of the Gospel writers and how each author tailors the historical events to bring out, or highlight, a particular theological nuance.  He even suggests that Matthew wrote his Gospel with a certain sermonic purpose in mind.

Difficulty: Intermediate to Advanced

Must Listen Factor: This one is probably only fit for scavengers or those interested in the subject.

To listen, click picture.  If your browser won’t direct you to the specific location in ITunes, search for “Westminster Distinctives.”  You will find Dr. Silva’s lecture there.

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In this short video clip, Pastor John Piper provides a word of wisdom/exhortation to the New Calvinist Movement.  It is a good reminder, not only for the young, restless and Reformed, but for us all.

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G.K. Beale is a first rate scholar, and his work in the area of the use of the OT in the NT is second to none.  One need only read through his magisterial commentary on Revelation to witness this fact. 

Listen as Dr. Beale tackles one of the most perplexing NT quotations of the OT, namely, Matthew 2:15.  It is handled masterfully and convincingly.  There is also a short, but helpful overview of the various stances theologians adopt regarding the hermeneutical methodology of the apostles. 

Difficulty: Advanced

Must Listen Factor: Specialized.  If you’re serious about this particular issue, you’ll love it.  If not, then it’ll probably prove taxing, for it’s a fairly involved discussion. 

To Download, click picture, which will take you to ITunes.  For some this won’t work.  Therefore, go to ITunes, search “Westminster Distinctive,” and Beale’s lecture is the first in that folder.

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One may very well wonder, given the continual erosion of the boundaries, what Evangelical means these days.  But in this helpful lecture, D.A. Carson explores the question and provides some interesting and insightful answers… and lest you think this is merely some cursory or superficial investigation into the question- a magazine article moment- the talk breaks the 3 hour mark!  Yes, 3 hours.  

Few stones are left unturned, and I love it.  Also, as the title suggests, Roman Catholicism is discussed at some length. 

Difficulty: Intermediate to Advanced

Must Listen Factor: Moderate/Specialized.  Few people are going to want to invest three hours on this, but if they do, there is much to be gained.  Almost undoubtedly, this will introduce many new and fresh concepts.  So if you’ve got an adventurous spirit, go for it. 

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This may very well be one of the best introductions to typology out there.  It is easy to understand, clearly defined, warmly presented and wonderfully illustrated.  Pull up a chair and enjoy.  It’s worth your time. 

Difficulty: Beginner to Intermediate

Must Listen Factor: Small group leaders, Sunday school teachers, and students in general should get a handle on this subject.  If you fall into one of these categories, then I would say that it has a high must listen factor.  As for everyone else, let’s say moderate.    

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