Who Are Your Favorite Well-Known Living Preachers?

UPDATEIn January 2008, the following post was identified as the 16th all-time most popular post with readers of this blog. The 17th most-read post was my interview with Dr. Sam Storms.In this post I simply asked my readers to identify their favorite preachers, and listed my own as well. I saved all of the comments that were made to this post at that time and have now placed them at the end of this post. If you are interested in letting us know who your favorite preachers are, please e-mail your … [Read more...]

What is Reformed or Calvinist theology- a book review of a modern defence of Calvinism

R.C Sprouls book "What is Reformed Theology is the best available simple explanation of Reformed Theology I have seen. You may have never heard of Reformed theology or youmay have rejected out of court what you believe Calvinism stands for. The truth is that despite its current neglect the theology Sproul so clearly explains in this book has been immensely influential in the centuries since the reformation. Sproul explains what the so-called "solas" mean, and outlines each of the so-called "five … [Read more...]

Gender and bible translations links

Thanks to all my commentators for a bunch more links on the issue of gender. So in no particular order if you want to follow up on my previous posts on gender and bible translation here are some resources. This might also go some way towards answering David Warnock's call for reasons to trust the ESV.My own cursory glance makes me feel that no one translation has probably got this totally right, or at least they havent got it right for when gender neutral pronouns and the use of words like "man" … [Read more...]

New perspectives on Paul and penal substitution- more audio

Listened to a great talk from Phil Johnson today. It covers N.T.Wright, New Perspectives on Paul, Steve Chalke and the atonement in a very helpful way. Phil has excelled himself and if you are looking for a critical review of Wright then look no further than this talk.Carson has also got some good messages on this subject online. … [Read more...]

Disagreeing less than I anticipated

There seems to be an outbreak of grace hitting the blogosphere. An example of this that struck me earlier this month came from David Warnock. More recently, I have opened two cans of worms in two days and in neither case has the row that I feared developped. On gender and bible translations I decided not to comment myself in a rare moment of wisdom overcoming valour, and as requested there has been a gracious discussion in my comment box.Earlier today, I criticised the pyromaniac's … [Read more...]

Dying for the sins of the world, "Contradictions" and respect for the word of God

I tremble to contradict the pyromaniac, but I am afraid that I feel that his handling of 1 John 2:2 is almost certainly an example of trying to squeeze the bible into a doctrinal mould. In fact such exegetical gymnastics are only required for a view of the so-called "limited atonement" that I find totally alien even though I would describe myself as a five-point calvinist. It seems to me that it is not what you say you believe that matters most, but rather your whole approach to the bible. I … [Read more...]

A New Perspective on Paul – Theology at 30,000 Feet

I have blogged from the top of the Eiffel tower before, but this post was mostly written from the top of the world, although I could not post it until my return to the UK. I finally got a chance to listen to D. A. Carson on the New Perspectives on Paul during a flight in the last few days. Carson is engaging to listen to, and sheds great light on this important subject.Carson began by explaining that Stendall had begun the whole move by arguing that Westerners have read their own preoccupation … [Read more...]

It really is all about Jesus.

Many, many thanks to Broken Messenger who's otherwise somewhat embarrassing post introduced me to the iMonk who I am now ashamed to admit I hadnt come accross before. There is no doubt in my mind that this kind of service- introducing bloggers to one another is one of the greatest things any blogger can do- no matter how big or small a blog they host. One of the wonders of every single blog out there is that they act as some kind of network node linking blogs together that at least in the mind … [Read more...]

D.A. Carson on the New Perspectives on Paul – Neoliberalism or Fresh Insights?

Three lectures given by D. A. Carson at Reformed Theological Seminary on the "New Perspectives on Paul" can be found in an iTunes store RTS has set up in which many different lectures and talks can be downloaded for free. Carson's lectures are available in the RTS store under "Seminar Series." The RTS iTunes store can be reached here. (HT: Chris Roberts) … [Read more...]

Open Theism- just another form of neo-liberalism?

Sean does a great job of defining and dispatching open theism in one post. To me this is a great example of what I have been calling neo-liberalism. Remaking God in our own image was never a good idea. I challenge any emergant church or other reader of my blog who holds to that view to try and defend it biblically- I do not believe that you will find it very easy. As philosphically attractive as such an idea may appear at first sight, to my view it is just plain unbiblical and WRONG! So … [Read more...]