Bible Code, Barth, Justification, Bavinck, and Kids

Today was a strange but excellent day of receiving mail (email and snail mail).

First, on the strange side, I got a pamphlet (from an inmate with whom I correspond from time to time) that says Jesus is going to return on May 21, 2011.  The brilliant theologian-scholars at Family Radio have (again?) cracked the Bible code – May 21, 2011 corresponds exactly with the beginning date of the flood in Genesis 7.  In their sheer brilliance, these theologians must have forgotten about Matthew 24:36 and Mark 13:32.

Second (strange and exciting at the same time), the mailman brought a big box that had a stamp on the side: Church Dogmatics.  Yes, my new $99.00 set of Barth came today (thanks to CBD and Hendrickson).  I’ll blog more on this in the future.  For now, I better get reading if I want to finish these babies before the May 21, 2011 parousia.

Third – and this is just plain excellent – in my inbox I got a note from the White Horse Inn that they’ve put out a book on justification sola fide.  It is a collection of some of Modern Reformation’s articles on justification by the likes of R. C. Sproul, Mike Horton, Jerry Bridges, and J. A. O. Preus, just to name a few.  Looks like a great resource!  Click here for more details and to watch a video on this book.

Fourth (more excellent news), RHB sent out an email today with a notice that they were selling Herman Bavinck’s books for 50% off.  His Dogmatics are on sale for $25 each, his excellent work Saved by Grace is on sale for $15 (I refer to this one weekly in my studies – it is that good), and his Essays on Religion, Science, and Society is on sale for $20.  The sale ends Nov. 22 and shipping is only $2.99 online.  If you’ve been wanting to read some Bavinck, now is the chance!

Fifth – good news – my case of Long Story Short: Ten-Minute Devotions to Draw Your Family to God came in.  When WTS books had the sale last week, some friends and parishioners wanted copies too, so I ordered a bunch.  I’ll blog on that in the future.  Speaking of kids’ Christian reading, has anyone seen the ESV Seek-and-Find Bible for kids?  I saw a large portion of it in a preview; the pictures in it are exactly like those freaky pictures you see in Jehovah’s Witness or Mormon pamphlets.  This is one kids’ Bible I’ll stay away from – my wife and I are literally afraid of those soft, cheesy, romantic Bible pictures.  I think my kids would have nightmares of the Adam and Eve pics in this Bible!  I’d stay away from this if I were you – your kids will thank you when they grow up.

I need to go dig into Barth.

shane lems

2 Replies to “Bible Code, Barth, Justification, Bavinck, and Kids”

  1. If I drive by your place and see all of your furniture thrown out on the front lawn, I’ll know what’s going on! Enjoy CD!


  2. By my calculations if you manage to read two volumes a month you’ll be finished just in time for 5/21/11.

    And thanks for the heads-up on the Bavinck sale! Saved by Grace has been on my wishlist for a while.


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