What Happened During Holy Week?

A few years ago, Justin Taylor posted a great short series on Holy Week that looked at each day of Jesus’ final week leading into his crucifixion and resurrection. It’s a helpful resource for personal devotional study this week as you prepare for celebrating the resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ this coming Lord’s Day.

Holy Week: What Happened on Sunday?

Holy Week: What Happened on Monday?

Holy Week: What Happened on Tuesday?

Holy Week: What Happened on Wednesday?

Holy Week: What Happened on Thursday?

Holy Week: What Happened on Friday?

Holy Week: What Happened on Sunday?

Note that there are two Sundays. The first marks the triumphal entry into Jerusalem, which many churches commemorated last Lord’s Day by celebrating Palm Sunday. The second Sunday is of course the day of the resurrection. There is no post for Saturday, because on that day Jesus was dead in the tomb and his followers were despairing. But on that second Sunday, up from the grave he arose, with a mighty triumph o’er his foes!

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One Big Reason Why I Appreciate My Calvinist Brethren

One simple but very important reason why I thank God for my Calvinist brothers and sisters is that, at times, they stand for the truth when it seems no one else will. Justin Taylor, who did an excellent job last week speaking at Southeastern Seminary’s faculty workshop, has put up a post entitled “Is the God of Calvinism a Moral Monster?” Justin, along with Mark Driscoll and Kevin DeYoung were interviewed for a documentary entitled Hellbound? It appears they defended the traditional understanding of eternal punishment while others, such as Edward Fudge and Greg Boyd, argued for annihilationism.  Let’s be clear: the doctrine of everlasting punishment is not a Calvinist distinctive.  Rather, it’s the historic position of orthodox Christianity. 

Who hasn’t struggled with what the Bible teaches about Hell?  Who hasn’t felt the weight of passages which describe the destiny of the lost (such as Rev. 14:10, “And the smoke of their torment ascends forever and ever; and they have no rest day or night…”) ?  If I thought that annihiliationism were true, then I would gladly teach it regardless of the consequences.  But I don’t and so I can’t. The last thing we want to do is fail to warn clearly.  The gospel is exceedingly good news that people desperately, urgently need.  So this Molinist thanks you, Justin, for gracefully telling the truth.

Briefly Noted: Justin Taylor, Tim Brister, and Trevin Wax

Today was a particularly fruitful day for the blogosphere, in my opinion. Of the several blogs I peruse regularly, three had posts I would like to note briefly.

First, over at Between Two Worlds, Justin Taylor linked to Andy Naselli’s post at Reformation 21, entitled, “Why You Should Organize Your Personal Theological Library and a Way How,” which is worth a look. For those of you who haven’t discovered Justin Taylor’s blog yet, shame on you (or shame on me for not informing you sooner). Between Two Worlds provides links to the best blogposts and multimedia in the evangelical blogosphere. If you can only visit one website a day, this might be the one.

Second, over at Provocations and Pantings, Tim Brister offers “Johnny Hunt, Calvinism, and the Past Ten Years of My Life,” which is an interesting and unexpected story about his encounters with Johnny Hunt over the years. I enjoyed the video clip he provides and the blogpost.

Third, over at Kingdom People, Trevin Wax waxes eloquently about “Inerrancy and Baggage.” What he says in this post needed to be said.java game