Jun 202013

Pilgrim Theology.
Michael S. Horton.

After the Pope’s recent remarks about salvation this quote was a nice counterpoint. Jesus is not our example. We cannot imitate Him because no one is good except God.

Jesus Christ is not just a prototype, example, or even the first Christian. He did more than open up a path that we can follow into the consummation. Rather, he is the only victor over sin and death, the only human being who secured the beginning of the new creation. We share in it because we are united to him, not because we cooperate in a process of grace-empowered deification. We will be everything he is in his humanity because he has done everything for us in our humanity.

Page: 337-338

Jun 152013

Pilgrim Theology.
Michael S. Horton.

Reformed theologians have often criticized the idea of grace elevating nature (like helium in a balloon), and the modified Platonism that underlies it . Instead of making us something more than human, grace saves and liberates humans to become more human: finally to glorify and to enjoy God forever.

Page: 330

Many religious or spiritual people want to believe that to be ‘one with God’ means to shed our humanity and become one with the universe. This is not what the Bible teaches. We were made humans and our humanity was corrupted by sin. When, at last, free of sin we will once again be the human creatures we were designed to be.

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Mar 312013

Pilgrim Theology.
Michael S. Horton.
Page: 116
I may not know how God will work together my mistakes, sins, and foolishness for my good and his glory . However, I do know that he has triumphed over evil ultimately in Christ . “None of the rulers of this age understood this, for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory” (1Co 2:8) . The revelation now of this mystery is all we need for our confidence that our lives are not tragic and meaningless, as they might seem to us at times . With Christ’s resurrection, we’re already able to catch a glimpse of the ending (which is really the beginning) even in the middle of the story.

God does not have a Plan B for our lives. Everything works together for our ultimate good. There need not be any anxiety that we are able to thwart God’s will for our lives.

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Mar 202013

Pilgrim Theology.
Michael S. Horton.
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When I saw that NetGalley had a review copy of Pilgrim Theology: Core Doctrines for Christian Disciples by Michael Horton available I decided I had to jump at the chance to read it. I have not read too much Theology for a number of years and this looked like it would be an interesting book to read since it was not designed as a college text but for regular folk.

After reading the first 100 pages (of 500+) I am impressed. It is well written but I wonder if it might still be a quite a challenge for the regular Bible Study group to plow through this. I hope they do but I would not want to hold my breath. Then again, I would attend that group.

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Book Info

Pilgrim Theology: Core Doctrines for Christian Disciples
by Michael S. Horton
Publisher: Zondervan
Published: 02/05/2013
ISBN-10: 0310330645
ISBN-13: 978-0310330646
Started: 03/08/2013
Finished: 07/23/2013
Source: NetGalley
Format: e-book

Publisher Synopsis

The 2011 award-winning publication The Christian Faith garnered wide praise as a thorough, well-informed treatment of the philosophical foundations of Christian theology, the classical elements of systematic theology, and exegesis of relevant biblical texts. Pilgrim Theology distills the distinctive benefits of this approach into a more accessible introduction designed for classroom and group study. In this book, Michael Horton guides readers through a preliminary exploration of Christian theology in ‘a Reformed key.’ Horton reviews the biblical passages that give rise to a particular doctrine in addition to surveying past and present interpretations. Also included are sidebars showing the key distinctions readers need to grasp on a particular subject, helpful charts and tables illuminating exegetical and historical topics, and questions at the end of each chapter for individual, classroom, and small group reflection. Pilgrim Theology will help undergraduate students of theology and educated laypersons gain an understanding of the Christian tradition’s biblical and historical foundations.

Author Info
Michael S. Horton (PhD, University of Coventry and Wycliffe Hall, Oxford) is the J. Gresham Machen Professor of Systematic Theology and Apologetics at Westminster Seminary California. He is the president of White Horse Media, for which he co-hosts the White Horse Inn, a nationally syndicated, weekly radio talk show exploring issues of Reformation theology in American Christianity. The editor-in-chief of Modern Reformation magazine, Horton is the author of more than 20 publications. His book The Christian Faith was awarded the 2012 Christianity Today Book Award for Theology and Ethics.

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Mar 082013

Pilgrim Theology.
Michael S. Horton.
Sound theology, then, does not start with something else, something more basic and universal, and then add the gospel later on. Even when evaluating a wider horizon, the Christian is wearing “gospel” glasses. C. S. Lewis put the matter well: “I believe in Christianity as I believe that the Sun has risen not only because I see it but because by it I see everything else.”

Page: 22

The study of theology is the study of God which is, in reality, the study of the gospel, the good news of God’s self revelation to us. Without the light of the Gospel, any musings about theology would be similar to studying the sun at night, you could see some of its reflected glory but never get a true picture of it.