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A Cornucopia of Blissful Audio (Well, Almost)

It’s been a good week of listening.  I stumbled across a website housing a vast assortment of lectures.  Needless to say, my MP3 player is still burping.  Out of the ten or so lectures I’ve been able to digest thus far, along with my usual regiment of staple podcasts, several have emerged as contenders of your attention.  I’ll list four.

Neither Poverty Nor Riches – Craig Blomberg

In this lecture, well known NT scholar, Craig Blomberg, journeys through the Scriptures, from Genesis to Revelation, exploring the topic of personal wealth.  What especially struck me about this message is the sense of clarity one gains from observing the matter from a lofty vantage point.  It’s as if you’re flying over the biblical narrative in a plane, surveying the land below.

He’s written a book on the subject, so for those who might be interested in digging further into the matter, I would point you to that.  You can find it here.

The Audio can be obtained here.

Suffering and the Christian Life – Reformed Forum

In this episode of Christ the Center, Ligon Duncan joins the crew over at Reformed Forum in order to discuss the subject of suffering.  Talks about this subject abound.  But listen, this one really shines.  It’s excellent.  Pastor Duncan masterfully handles the issue, speaking not only with theological precision, but with tremendous pastoral care.  Great episode!  Loved it.

You can find it here.

Wheaton College at 150: Faithful to the Church Doctrine of Biblical Inerrancy – John Woodbridge

John Woodbridge is one of the foremost scholars on biblical inerrancy.  When the allegation was made that someone like B.B. Warfield invented the doctrine of inerrancy- that it was a historical novelty- Dr. Woodbridge arguably wrote the definitive rebuttal.  If you want to catch a sense of his expertise, listen to this lecture.  Good stuff.  I can almost guarantee that you’ll hear something new.

You can find it here.  It’s from Wheaton.

Only One Way? – Trio of Speakers

Justin Taylor called Dan Strange’s message, “A Strange Lecture on World Religions from a Gospel Centered Perspective.”  But that’s only part of it.  Three theologians delivered messages on the subject of pluralism at Heythrop College in London.  Two were Roman Catholic, and one, Dan Strange, was Reformed Evangelical.

Rarely have I felt so utterly frustrated, baffled, surprised, infuriated, and ready to weep, as when I listened to Professor Gavin D’Costa and Professor Paul Knitter address this issue of pluralism.  They are not kind of wrong.  They are not kind of mistaken.  They are profoundly wrong.  Scarily so.  Simply put, they are false teachers, disgracing the name of Christ before a watchful audience.  I literally blurted out “What!” a couple times while delivering the mail.  That rarely happens.

So if you need a good reminder of the danger of fine sounding arguments (Colossians 2:4, 8), give this a listen.  Thankfully, Dan Strange maintained the exclusivity and Lordship of Christ.  After listening to the other speakers, his message felt like a cool glass of water.

You can find the lectures here.