“J.I. Packer: In His Own Words” Extended Trailer

In honor of the Homer G. Lindsay Lifetime of Ministry Award for 2015  on  a 90 minute video was made about the renowned Reformed theologian J.I. Packer, called J.I. Packer: In His Own Words. Crossway (who obtained the rights to the video) will be releasing it November 3. Crossway even created jipacker.com in conjunction with the video’s release. Is this a sign of a dedicated Packer website (even outside of anything Crossway related)? One can only hope.

You can watch an extended trailer here.

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Not coming to a theater near you! (Screenshot of “J.I. Packer: In His Own Words.”)

New Gideons Bible Translation? The ESV (With Additives)

[Note to reader: I’m experiencing some mild formatting issues, which I hope to resolve soon.]

Frequent hotel traveller? Rejoice.

I recently perused through a Gideons Bible and happily learned that Gideons recently switched English translations from the NKJV to the ESV.

But then I had a Brian Regan moment:

So what’s changed with the Gideons ESV? A lot, specifically in the New Testament. In the copyright granted to the Gideons, it states, “…Crossway is pleased to license the ESV text to the Gideons, and to grant permission to the Gideons to include certain alternate readings based on the Textus Receptus….” The result? Compared to the regular ESV (which mainly uses the UBS/Nestle-Aland 27th edition) the new Gideons ESV has over 50 alternate readings.
Gideons announced the reason for the move from the NKJV to the ESV here.
I’m grateful for Crossway and Gideons’ partnership to make the Christian Scriptures available for free. However, I’m more than a bit surprised that Crossway would grant permission for Gideons to alter the ESV. For future printings of the Gideons ESV, perhaps they should call it the EESV: Essentially the ESV. (And although the ESV is my preferred Bible translation, I often fondly refer to the ESV as Essentially the Same Version [i.e. as the RSV]. But I digress.)
Here’s a picture of the copyright page for one of their pocket New Testaments:

Wells’ “God in the Whirlwind”: Essential Resources

Here’s a list of essential resources for David F. Wells’ book God in the Whirlwind: How the Holy-love of God Reorients Our World:

Wells compares the cultural and biblical understandings of love:

Wells explores how our culture influences the way we view God’s love and holiness:

Wells discusses the counter-cultural nature of the Christian worldview, especially as it pertains to the truth about God’s transcendent holy-love:

Wells on how he’s tried to “capture the truth that God has given us” related to God’s holy-love:

Justin Taylor interviews David Wells about the book:

The Gospel Coalition’s Matt Smethurst interviews Wells about the book.

—Here’s a PDF study guide for the book.

Finally, I’ll try compiling a list of book reviews as they become available.

03/10/14: The Gospel Coalition posted my review of the book.

Special thanks to Crossway for producing the videos and study guide.

[Apologies for the third video’s smaller size, as the embed code is incorrect.]