“What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us.” (A. W. Tozer)
Why is that really the case? Because how we think about God shapes how we relate to God, out of which everything else flows. That’s why theology matters. Studying who God has revealed himself to be, who he has created us to be, how we can be reconciled to him, and how he interacts with the world… this is the fuel for worship! It pours gasoline on our prayer lives, it enables us to feel the terrible weight of our sin, and the incredible relief of the forgiveness that is in Christ. It is the catalyst for true joy, wisdom, and the fear of the Lord.
Alright, I probably don’t need to convince you. So I’ll get straight to the point. The Gospel Coalition has released a good number of courses, in partnership with Westminster Theological Seminary — and they’re completely free.
These are taught by some of the most respected and able teachers, such as Greg Beale, Carl Truman, Vern Poythress, Ed Clowney, and more. Take them at your own pace, go through them in discipleship groups, or just put on the audio as you drive to work every day.
Here’s the outline of Vern Poythress’ course on Parables and Miracles:
- Literary Form & Systematic Theological Concerns
- Critical Methods
- General Principles in Approaching Parables
- The Parable of the Sower
- Exegesis of Matthew 13:34-35
- Maxims for Interpreting Parables
- Analogical Analysis
- Miracle Stories
The course includes one 80 minute audio lecture per section, links to additional resources, suggested readings, and more. And as a guy who cares about user experience, I must say: the layout is intuitive, clean, and pleasant.
What are you waiting for?