Two Reviews (Not Peace… Sorry, Dr. Volf)

Allah: A Christian Response – Dr. Miroslav Volf

After listening to Dr. Miroslav Volf’s recent lecture at Wheaton, “Allah:  A Christian Response,” I must say that I’m still waiting for the Christian part of the response.

What can I say?  This was real head slapper.  In a nutshell, he argues that Muslims worship the same God as Christians.  Now even if we grant that this is so, which I do not believe is the case (nor do most Muslims for that matter), one wants to ask Dr. Volf what difference it makes since Muslims are trusting in another gospel.

I mean really, why stress the point of supposed commonality if you’re going to turn right around and say, “Oh, by the way, Mohammad was a false teacher.”  All the “common ground” quickly goes out the window.

So anyway, check it out if you’re bored and desirous of becoming frustrated.

Link (See 3/24/2011)

Youth – Matt Chandler (2011 National Gospel Coalition Conference)

On a more positive note, this year’s Gospel Coalition Conference was excellent.  So far as keynote speakers are concerned, there’s not a bad message in the whole lot (Well, I still have a couple to listen to, but I would be shocked if they’re subpar).

I’ve already highlighted Tim Keller’s superb message, so let me turn your attention to Matt Chandler.  While the task of preaching Christ from the OT might not factor as heavily in his message, which is the theme of the Conference, it was nevertheless supercharged and very engaging.  Now to be fair, his text was Ecclesiastes 11:7-12:14.  That’s not exactly the most obviously Christo-embedded passage out there.  But to stress again, Pastor Chandler has a real knack for keeping people awake.  I love his passion.  And I trust you will as well.

Must Listen Factor: High.  If you need to hear a good upbeat sermon-esk message, give this a go.

Difficulty: Easy to Moderate

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