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Final Call (March 28)

Final Call

Welcome to Final Call, a brief, hand-picked selection of news, articles, videos, and curiosities from the Internet and beyond. Today’s edition offers some quick clicks while also looking at an ancient heresy and a batch of new books.

Definition: Modalism

A heresy that maintains that “Father,” “Son,” and “Holy Spirit” are three names for, or *modes*,

thus *mod*alism) of, one and the same person. They are not three persons. Modalism fails to account for several matters. One is the baptism of Jesus: all three persons of the Trinity were active, as the Father spoke words of commendation about his baptized Son, on whom the Spirit was descending (Mark 1:9-11). Another event is Jesus praying: the Son of God did not direct his prayers to himself but directed them to his Father, who is a person distinct from the Son (John 17). (The Baker Compact Dictionary of Theological Terms

Quick Clicks

  • Reading the Book Acknowledgments – Justin Taylor writes about one of the best but most underappreciated parts of a book—the acknowledgements.
  • A Biography for a Contemptible Life – While I certainly wouldn’t defend the decision to publish such an obituary, it’s still interesting to read how some people choose to remember their parents.

New Releases on Crossway

Crossway has a whole batch of new releases this month. There are lots of good ones among them:

Reset: Living a Grace-Paced Life in a Burnout Culture
David Murray

Drawing on personal experiences—and time spent counseling other men in the midst of burnout—David Murray offers weary men hope for the future, helping them identify the warning signs of burnout and offering practical strategies for developing patterns that are necessary for living a grace-paced life and reaching the finish line with their joy intact.

This Changes Everything: How the Gospel Transforms the Teen Years

Jaquelle Crowe

Written by a teenager for teenagers, This Changes Everything is a deeply theological yet practical and accessible book on how the gospel radically transforms every aspect of the teen years.

Alive in Him: How Being Embraced by the Love of Christ Changes Everything
Gloria Furman

Alive in Him draws us into the main themes in the book of Ephesians, showing us how the blessings we have received in Christ empower our obedience and love for God. Designed to be read alongside an open Bible, Alive in Him helps us apply Paul’s letter to our daily lives, reminding us of our purpose on earth and directing our gaze to the love of Jesus Christ—a love that has the power to transform how we live.

Chasing Contentment: Trusting God in a Discontented Age
Erik Raymond

In Chasing Contentment, Erik Raymond helps us understand what biblical contentment is—the inward gracious spirit that joyfully rests in God’s providence—and then how we learn it. Giving us practical guidance for growing in contentment in various areas of our lives, this book will encourage us to see contentment as a priority for all believers.

Reformation Theology: A Systemic Summary
Matthew Barrett

Offering readers a comprehensive summary of the major tenets of Reformation theology, this volume convincingly demonstrates the Reformation’s enduring importance for the church today.

The Collected Works of John Piper

John Piper

This 14-volume set brings together for the first time all of Piper’s published writings from 1970 to 2015, featuring the latest editions of fifty books along with hundreds of articles and chapters, compiled into one beautifully designed resource.

  • Do Not Envy the Wicked

    Do You Envy the Wicked?

    It takes a long time for sinful instincts to become pure, for tendencies toward what is evil to be transformed into tendencies toward what is good, lovely, and pleasing to God. The man who quits drugs will still react when he catches a whiff and the woman who gave up alcoholism will still struggle when…

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  • Our Salvation Through Christ

    This week the blog is sponsored by Moody Publishers and this post is adapted from The Kindness of God by Nate Pickowicz (© 2024). Published by Moody Publishers. Used by permission. Just like the Old Testament, the New Testament teaches that this wonderful salvation is extended to us as a kindness. Paul opens his letter…

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