On Self-Promotion

In a recent post, Dane Ortland points out the evident dangers of self-promotion.  His post certainly stirred up interesting discussion from his commentators as well as other bloggers who linked to his words.

Denny Burk is one of many who linked to Dane’s words, and he offered some additional thoughts too in a subsequent post.

On the same topic of self-promotion, Jim Hamilton reflects on the dangers as well as the advantages of directing people to one’s own articles, blog posts, books, sermons, etc.

The issue is your heart’s desire, something others should be hesitant to make judgments on.  Are we wanting Christ to be magnified, exalted, known, treasured, and worshiped?  Are we using social media to herald the truth of the Bible and the worth of Christ’s name?

I hope so.  And I hope that Christ’s name is honored and glorified anytime someone consults the resources mentioned on this blog, even if those resources include something I’ve written.

So whether we write blogs or books, whether we preach or teach, whether we point to our own resources or others’, may all our words and deeds be done with thanksgiving in the name of the Lord Jesus (Col 3:17).

As always, John Piper is helpful here:

Tom Schreiner Defines the “Glory of God”

New Testament scholar Tom Schreiner contributed a chapter to For the Fame of God’s Name entitled “A Biblical Theology of the Glory of God.”  He gives the following definition of God’s “glory”:

“I would define the glory of God as the beauty, majesty, and greatness of who he is; therefore, in all he does, whether in salvation or in judgment, the greatness of his being is demonstrated.”

What’s in a Name?

Let the blogging begin. This site is dedicated to the promotion of a Christian worldview. I’m jumping on the blogging bandwagon, but the name of my blog needs explanation. “Soli Deo Gloria” is the last of five sola statements resulting from the 16th century Reformation. In recovering the message of the gospel and the authority of Scripture, five sola statements serve to sum up the ongoing legacy of the Reformation. Sola is Latin for “alone” or “only.” First, Sola Scriptura means “Scripture alone.” Second, Solus Christus means “Christ alone.” Third, Sola Gratia means “Grace alone.” Fourth, Sola Fide means “Faith alone.” Fifth, Soli Deo Gloria means “Glory to God alone.” The display of God’s glory is the aim in all that He does. Creation declares his glory (Psalm 19:1), He created us for His glory (Isaiah 43:7), and glory will go to God forever (Romans 11:36). This blog, like all of creation, will exist for the magnification of God’s glory in the universe.