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Review: The Attributes of God (Album) by Shai Linne

“The sterner, more awe-inspiring aspects of the divine character are offset by the gentler, more winsome ones.  It is to our irreparable loss if we dwell exclusively on God’s sovereignty and majesty, or His holiness and justice; we need to meditate frequently, though not exclusively, on His goodness and mercy.  Nothing short of a full-orbed view of the divine perfections – as revealed in Holy Writ – should satisfy us.” – Arthur W. Pink, The Nature of God, p. 65 (Chapter: ‘The Loving-Kindness of God)

For many years, Arthur W. Pink wrote short articles on the attributes of God for the periodical, Studies in the Scriptures.  These articles, along with articles on the person of Christ, were compiled by Moody Press into the book, The Nature of God.  As a pastor, I strive to find the balance in my preaching that Pink calls for in his article on the Loving-Kindness of God – a balance between focusing on God’s awe-inspiring attributes as well as his kinder ones.  Like many in my generation (Generation X or whatever we are called these days) and the ones that follow, I have a tendency to focus mainly on the ‘gentler, more winsome’ attributes rather than the sterner ones.  The balance is sometimes elusive.

I was drawn to this book by the most unlikely source.  Joseph Torres recommended an album by the artist, Shai Linne, called The Attributes of God.  This is a hip-hop album.  Normally, I am not a fan of hip-hop, but I cannot get enough of this album. Shai Linne has taken some of A. W. Pink’s writings and has put them into lyrical, poetical form.  With, no apologies for the depth of the subject matter, Linne masterfully presents God’s attributes in a culturally relevant and easily accessible format.

The album begins with a spoken-word monologue on the beauty of God.  Linne’s wife performs this piece.  After that there are reminders of God’s glory, his goodness, his sovereignty, his holiness, his mercy, his patience, his justice and wrath, his love, faithfulness, judgment and self-sufficiency, among others.  The tracks reflect the balanced approach to God and his attributes as they are presented in The Nature of God.  The song, All Consuming Fire, referring to God’s wrath against sin, is sandwiched between songs on God’s patience in dealing with sinners and his perfect love (which even has a reminder that God’s love for his own glory is more important to him than the love for his creation).  This balance is seen throughout the album.

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Thanksgiving Psalm (136)

136:1 Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good,
for his steadfast love endures forever.
2 Give thanks to the God of gods,
for his steadfast love endures forever.
3 Give thanks to the Lord of lords,
for his steadfast love endures forever;

4 to him who alone does great wonders,
for his steadfast love endures forever;
5 to him who by understanding made the heavens,
for his steadfast love endures forever;
6 to him who spread out the earth above the waters,
for his steadfast love endures forever;
7 to him who made the great lights,
for his steadfast love endures forever;
8 the sun to rule over the day,
for his steadfast love endures forever;
9 the moon and stars to rule over the night,
for his steadfast love endures forever;

10 to him who struck down the firstborn of Egypt,
for his steadfast love endures forever;
11 and brought Israel out from among them,
for his steadfast love endures forever;
12 with a strong hand and an outstretched arm,
for his steadfast love endures forever;
13 to him who divided the Red Sea in two,
for his steadfast love endures forever;
14 and made Israel pass through the midst of it,
for his steadfast love endures forever;
15 but overthrew Pharaoh and his host in the Red Sea,
for his steadfast love endures forever;
16 to him who led his people through the wilderness,
for his steadfast love endures forever;

17 to him who struck down great kings,
for his steadfast love endures forever;
18 and killed mighty kings,
for his steadfast love endures forever;
19 Sihon, king of the Amorites,
for his steadfast love endures forever;
20 and Og, king of Bashan,
for his steadfast love endures forever;
21 and gave their land as a heritage,
for his steadfast love endures forever;
22 a heritage to Israel his servant,
for his steadfast love endures forever.

23 It is he who remembered us in our low estate,
for his steadfast love endures forever;
24 and rescued us from our foes,
for his steadfast love endures forever;
25 he who gives food to all flesh,
for his steadfast love endures forever.

26 Give thanks to the God of heaven,
for his steadfast love endures forever.

The Fallacy Finder

 

Here’s a fantastic site that lists, provides definitions for, and gives examples of various logical fallacies. It’s pretty exhaustive. I click around and skim every so often, it’s actually quite fun for me.

What’s a fallacy, you may ask? According to Robert C. Solomon a fallacy is “[a]n apparently persuasive argument that is really an error in reasoning; an unsound or invalid argument.” (Introducing Philosophy: A Text with Integrated Readings, pg. 38)

How (not) to be the Church

I really got a kick out of these tongue-in-cheek posters that point out (in a humorous way) some of the problem in the church today. Let me know what you think!

Here’s some more.

Of course, there’s also the right way to approach these issues (see here, though I depart from the approach implied in some of the posters. But, many of them are powerful.)