Worth Checking Out (Aug. 29)

How to Roll Up Your Shirt Sleeves — Helpful tips from the folks at The Art of Manliness.

Is it Anti-Gospel to Teach Kids Self-control  Before Conversion? — Owen Strachan provides wise and balanced counsel.

The Craft of Life-Changing Preaching (Paul Tripp) — "Preaching is not just a craft of content; it is also a craft of communication. You must meditate, pray, labor, and wrestle with how to communicate the truths you now understand to the particular people in your care."

Worth Checking Out (Aug. 23)

The theme today is biblical counseling.

David Powlison on using Ephesians in counseling – "You will not go wrong if you plunge into Paul’s letter to the Ephesians. Master it. Be mastered by it. Work Ephesians into your thinking, your living, your prayers, and your conversation. The Bible is vast and deep, and human life is diverse and perplexing. But in a pinch you could do all counseling from Ephesians. It’s all there: the big picture that organizes a myriad details. And Ephesians is not only 'counsel,' but also 'counseling.' It talks and walks method as well as content. Paul himself is a changed man. He lives out and teaches wise pastoral strategy. Ephesians aims to teach you how to live. That is a synonym for counseling biblically, for doing face-to-face ministry."

X-Ray Questions – "Counseling that is faithful to Scripture must do justice to what God says about the whys and wherefores of the human heart…The questions aim to help people identify the ungodly masters that occupy positions of authority in their hearts. These questions reveal 'functional gods,' what or who actually controls their particular actions, thoughts, emotions, attitudes, memories, and anticipations."

The Basics of Biblical Counseling (mp3) – A free, thirty-five part introductory course taught by Jim Newheiser, Director of The Institute for Biblical Counseling and Discipleship (IBCD). I've been through the material a few times. It's excellent.

Psychotherapy and the Pursuit of Happiness – "Psychotherapy is no longer an intellectual movement today as it once was. But in the form of modern professional 'caring,' it has assumed a new role, which is to provide a peculiar sort of substitute friendship — what we might call 'artificial friendship' — for lonely people in a lonely age."

View High-Resolution Images of Jonathan Edwards' Works

Jonathan Edwards

Jonathan Edwards (1703-1758) was an American theologian and preacher. He is probably best known for his sermon Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God. He was educated at Yale University and pastored Congregational churches in both Northampton and Stockbridge, Massachusetts. Shortly before his death he served as president of the College of New Jersey (now Princeton University). He is widely regarded as the greatest theologian America has ever produced. Edwards' works are still in print—twenty-six volumes in the Yale University Press edition—and continue to influence the Christian church.

The Jonathan Edwards Collection at the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library (Yale University) contains sermon manuscripts, theological notebooks, letters, and other material from Edwards' library. A number of the items from the collection are available to view online. This is fascinating stuff!

I've included some of the images below. Make sure to click through to see the high-resolution versions.

Letter from George Washington
Letter from George Washington

Letter from George Washington

Efficacious grace notebook
Efficacious Grace notebook

"Blank Bible"
Blank Bible

Blank Bible

Hebrew Idioms
Hebrew Idioms

Miscellanies, Book 3, Entries 761-880, p. 30-31
Miscellanies, Book 3, Entries 761-880, p. 30-31

Farewell Sermon to the People of Northampton
Farewell Sermon to the Congregation at Northampton

You can view the rest of the items in the online collection here.