The Puritans are not that precious
Substantial post from Thabiti on the new rap song that critiques some Puritans’ views of slavery and also the wider issue of how to deal with the sinful flaws of our spiritual heroes.

What are we doing while young men die
And you thought Chicago was bad.

African Americans and Big God Theology
And here’s the answer for the big problems in both the UK and the USA.

Books to read before you start Seminary
There are a few I’d take off and a few I’d add on, but this is a good starting point.

Ask RC; How do you think the Lord’s Table ought to be fenced
Some good thoughts here for churches that don’t do this, but also some challenges for those that do.

Four lies that keep us from Jesus
Four lies that can short-circuit our coming to or communion with Jesus.

  • Kim Shay

    I would really like to hear what other books you would add to the seminary reading list for folks like me who like to read but probably won’t end up at seminary.

    • David Murray

      Kim, I’ll work on this over the next few weeks.

  • Wesley

    Dr. Murray – i’d love to hear your response/reply to Thabiti’s post re: the Puritans. Do you think he gets it right or is there, perhaps, more nuance required?

    • David Murray

      Wesley, I’d love to but I’d need to do more research and I can’t see any time for this over the next few weeks. I trust Thabiti. He’s a good scholar and a fair man.

  • Bernard N. Howard

    Another book list here:

    Here’s the intro:
    A few months ago, I emailed a bunch of older guys I know involved in Christian ministry. Admittedly, I’m a bit of a book hoarder – I own a bunch of books I haven’t read yet. But I really wanted some focused book recommendations for young preachers and church leaders.

    I asked 3 questions.

    1/ Apart from God’s Word, what books would you recommend first to a young preacher?
    2/ What are your all-time favourite books?
    3/ What books are ‘essential’ to your library?

    Thankfully, some good guys got back to me. Here are the (selected) results…

  • David Murray

    Thanks so much for this link Bernard. Fascinating to see the UK diff!