One Perfect Life by John MacArthur (Full Book Review)

One Perfect Life

I previously wrote about a book I have been looking forward to receiving. My copy of One Perfect Life: The Complete Story of the Lord Jesus has now arrived, and it is truly excellent.

John MacArthur has compiled the four Gospel accounts into a single harmonious narrative. While most other Gospel harmonies use parallel columns for Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, this one blends them together in one flowing text.

I mentioned earlier that this would probably be similar to Jesus Christ: The Greatest Life, compiled and translated by Johnston M. Cheney and Stanley Ellisen. Indeed, MacArthur’s effort is very much in the same vein, and he even graciously acknowledged Cheney’s work in the introduction. However, I think the differences are enough to merit purchasing both books. Each has something to offer that the other does not.

Consider Others Better Than Yourself

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This post is continuing a chain blog initiated by Alan Knox on the topic of “one another.”

Let’s take a look at a biblical principle that is very simple in concept yet extremely hard to practice.

Do nothing according to selfish ambition or according to empty conceit, but in humility considering one another better than yourselves, each one of you not looking out for his own interests, but also each of you looking out for the interests of others. (Philippians 2:3–4, LEB)

We are to consider others better than ourselves. What does that mean?

Should Christian Mothers Eat Their Placentas?

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This is probably going to be one of the weirdest things I’ll ever have to defend on this blog.

God has blessed my wife and me with the conception of our first child. Tessa is almost seven months pregnant; God-willing she will deliver in mid-May.

We will be saving her placenta, and we plan on eventually eating it.

Perhaps this sounds weird or disgusting to you? If so, that’s fine. You may dispose of yours however you please. But Tessa and I would like to take advantage of the many health benefits the placenta has to offer.

That said, a dear friend and sister in Christ advised us that this may not be a biblical thing to do.

Hell Is Real (But I Hate to Admit It) (Book Review)

Hell Is Real (But I Hate to Admit It)

I’ve been doing a lot of study recently in eschatology—specifically, the nature of hell and eternal punishment. Hell Is Real (But I Hate to Admit It) intrigued me, because Brian Jones once rejected the belief in hell (while he was a pastor), but now he embraces it. Surely, it would be interesting to see what exegetical evidence brought him around.

The book description led me to believe that it would be an apologetic for hell, perhaps something like Francis Chan’s Erasing Hell. Unfortunately, that was not the case. I don’t know if I can blame the author. This seems more like an instance of misleading marketing. Either way, it was not what I expected.

I’ll get to what the book really was about, but let’s cover some of the good things I did like about it first.

10 Things That Are Awesome (According to the Bible)

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I have previously written about the myth that “only God is awesome.” Many people believe that we should reserve this word for God alone. However, I would contend that awesome is just a normal word like any other and that it has little meaning if it can only be applied to God.

Certainly, God is more awesome than anyone or anything else, but many other things truly are awesome as well.

Just for fun, I have decided to compile a list of things that the Bible itself labels “awesome.” Many translations will use a different English word in these verses, but the Hebrew contains some of the same words for “awesome” that are applied to God.

I’m excluding the many references to God, his acts, his angel, his day, his deeds, his majesty, his name, his power, his signs, his splendor, his strength, his works, etc.

So without further ado, here are ten things—other than God—that the Bible refers to as “awesome.”