Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Luminescing Logos: Baker Encyclopedia of Psychology and Counseling and Brazos Theological Commentary

This was originally published in the Moody Mosiac, my school's newspaper:

Luminescing Logos

            As way of reminder for those who went off and had a wonderful summer forgetting everything that had to do with Moody, Luminescing Logos is a regular column that reviews two different Logos resources: One that you already own included in the Logos Silver base package, and one that is available for purchase in Logos’ massive resource library.
            One digital book that is well worth digging out of your deep library is the Baker Encyclopedia of Psychology and Counseling. As can be surmised from the title itself, this resource is part of the renowned Baker Reference Library. It contains over 1,400 articles concerning the controversial field of Christian psychology. However, this is quite a large discipline. One can indeed find articles on technical topics like “General Adaptation Syndrome” or “Homeostasis,” but much to the pastor’s delight, articles that deal with more general counseling issues are also found in plenty. For example, the entry on “Demonic Influence, Sin, and Psychopathology” is very helpful article to all who are in ministry.

Saturday, June 8, 2013

Midway Recap: Early Church to Eve of Reformation

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It has been quite a journey thus far. It began with a somewhat vague question – what has the doctrine of justification looked like throughout the history of the Church, especially in regards to faith and works? I have surveyed The Shepherd of Hermas, Origen, Jerome, Augustine, Anselm of Canterbury and finally Thomas Aquinas. I have read numerous articles to help fill in the gaps as well as read the portions of The History of Justification by Alistair McGrath that covered the early church to the eve of the Reformation. Through this I have now been able to whittle things down to two different Protestant doctrines– 1) the sharp distinction between justification and sanctification and 2) the imputation of Christ’s righteousness. My reworked question is this – has the historic church held to these views before Luther or did Luther and company bring in teachings that the church had never seen before? This paper will attempt to summarize my findings and explain their implications.