John Owen on the Atonement and Justification

You can count on John Owen to bring some light and clarity into a debate. The following lightly edited quote was sent in by a reader and is really helpful:"That which we affirm is that our sins were so transferred on Christ as that thereby he became responsible to God and liable to punishment in the justice of God for them. He was perfectly innocent in himself; but took our guilt on him, or our liability to punishment for sin. He may be said to be the greatest debtor in the world, who never … [Read more...]

Driscoll on the Defeat of Shame and the Scotland MP3s

The MP3s of three talks from Mark Driscoll's recent visit to Scotland are now online. The first one is the only one I was there for, and for which I wrote notes.God's Plan for the Church in This City (right click to download MP3).Sex—A Study of the Good Bits from the Song of Solomon by Mark Driscoll (right click to download MP3).The Gospel We Preach—A Message for Leaders by Mark Driscoll (right click to download MP3).Driscoll is an important voice for the Church today. One thing he addressed in h … [Read more...]

Mark Driscoll Preaches on the Atonement in Edinburgh, Scotland

UPDATE The Audio of this talk is now available to download.----- Tonight's event took place in an ex-cinema, so I felt at home! It is the home of Destiny Church, Edinburgh. Destiny is a family of churches across Scotland, and they have some churches elsewhere in the world as well. The audience that gathered was a young one, and following an energetic time of worship, Mark Driscoll came to the platform to share with us. Here is a short video clip from the message. Following this, I will … [Read more...]

John Piper Challenges N. T. Wright on Justification

On Friday I introduced a series on John Piper’s response to N. T. Wright in The Future of Justification. We saw that to Piper the most critical difference between N. T. Wright and himself is that Wright does not believe that Christ's righteousness is in any way transferred to our account. This is a vital, vital point. Without this concept of an alien righteousness either credited or transferred to us, ironically, both the Protestant and the Roman Catholic understandings of salvation unravel. W … [Read more...]

John Piper, N. T. Wright, and Gracious Discernment

<iframe style="WIDTH: 120px; HEIGHT: 240px" align="right" hspace="20" vspace="12" src=" Tom Wright has long been the darling of many evangelicals. He is praised particularly for his work on the resurrection. But there is another side to Wright which is coming increasingly to the fore. His ability to woo evangelicals has, … [Read more...]

Twelve Literary Features of the Bible

UPDATEIn January 2008, the following post was identified as the 20th all-time most popular post with readers of this blog. The 21st most popular post was my interview with Mark Dever.This post introduced us to a remarkable new approach to a study Bible, brought to us by Crossway. In January 2008, I'm still working my way through this, reading it from cover-to-cover. I'm enjoying it very much.***************Crossway has made the preface of its new ESV Literary Study Bible available online. They … [Read more...]

INTERVIEW – Greg Haslam On Unity Versus Doctrinal Integrity

Today we continue with the fourth part of my interview with Greg Haslam, pastor of Westminster Chapel in London (pictured here with his wife, Ruth). The previous three parts of this interview included an introduction to Greg and his ministry, on leaving Newfrontiers for Westminster Chapel, and Haslam on the primacy of preaching.AdrianYesterday we spoke of the remarkable advance for church unity that your preaching conference represented. Despite the unity displayed in your conference and book, … [Read more...]

Martyn Lloyd-Jones Monday – The Necessity of the Cross

Awhile back I blogged extensively about the atonement. I remember using an argument that others have also used—that the cross is only truly essential if, on it, Jesus bears the wrath of God. Lloyd-Jones obviously thought this before I did, and I like the way he puts it in the following quote:. . . As Christians we believe that the Son of God came into this world, that He laid aside the insignia of His eternal glory, was born as a babe in Bethlehem, and endured all that He endured, because that w … [Read more...]

John Owen, the Trinity, and the Atonement

The atonement is never far from this blog. It seems that misconceptions common in our day were, sadly, also common in John Owen's day. We see in this quote something incredibly topical today. Perhaps sometimes the answers to today’s debates do indeed lie in studying the theological upsets of the past:“Unfortunately, many Christians often have a distorted view of the heavenly Father. We tend to view him as angry and full of wrath toward us. While we imagine Jesus as the one who loves us, the Fat … [Read more...]

John Owen on the Gospel and Communion With God

Yesterday I began a series of posts inspired by the introductory materials to the forthcoming Crossway book, Communion With the Triune God by John Owen.One major preoccupation of this blog which has been overarching much of my writing has been that of the Gospel itself. In an age which tends to assume or even deny the Gospel, I have been eager to examine it again. This major theme has been inspired by the Together for the Gospel Statement, which I will return shortly to blogging my way through. … [Read more...]