I have the humble privilege to oversee a small gathering of young adults called 724. I usually try to bring in more qualified pastors and teachers than myself, but last night I took the opportunity to teach on The Difficult Doctrine of the Love of God, which is a book by D.A. Carson. My teaching outline was literally the first chapter of the book – it is an excellent read (and for you with an already healthy “to-read” stack, this book is quite short for Carson.)
Carson’s basic – but important – premise is that pop culture has completely sanitized and distorted the notion of “God’s love” and that this has seeped deeply within the Church, causing many of us to hold to reductionistic, unbiblical views of the love of God. This book was fresh for me on this topic. I would encourage you to get a copy of the book and use it as a tool for a deep, Scriptural study on the widely underestimated doctrine of the love of God.
The audio from this teaching is online for those interested. (Again, no credit to my part at all – it is literally the first chapter of Carson’s book, but hopefully it will be useful in pointing folks to much wider, much deeper, much more biblical thoughts of the love of God.) Listen | Download