Reading Paul with the Reformers– Part Three

Ben. I took Romans with Stendahl at Harvard. What I’ve often wondered, since he was of Scandavian extract, is whether he read Paul through Kierkegaard, hence the Introspective Conscience stuff—- What do you think? Stephen. I confess I don’t know enough about Kierkegaard to be able to answer this question. I do know, however, what I believe is the fundamental problem with Stendahl’s focus on the introspective conscience. He claims that Luther’s struggles with his conscience have been projected back… Read more

Reading Paul with the Reformers— Part Two

Ben: Full disclosure at the outset, I’m not persuaded by some of the major tenants of either Luther or Calvin about some of these things, but rather am a child of the Wesleys and the English revival of the 18th century. Nevertheless, I’ve spent a good deal of time in Luther and Calvin both at GCTS, and then I did Calvin and Luther with T.H.L. Parker at Durham when I was there. So’ I’m familiar with a good deal of… Read more

Reading Paul with the Reformers— Part One

Certainly one of the best books of the year that deals with both the New Testament and Protestant Reformation theology is Stephen Chester’s excellent study— Reading Paul with the Reformers, (Eerdmans, 2017, 500 pages). What is especially impressive about this study is that Chester is equally skilled in two different disciplines. He’s no one trick pony. This post begins a dialogue that will carry on through the rest of this month. Enjoy— BW3 —- Ben: First of all thanks Stephen… Read more

Quote of the Day from C.H. Dodd

Some have viewed God as having to forfeit his righteous demands in order to be able to forgive. Nothing could be further from the truth. It is precisely because God will always do what he has promised and at the same time do and be what is right that he forgives. C.H. Dodd puts it quite eloquently: God’s attitude to us, His purposes for us, do not alter because we sin against Him. When we turn to Him again, we… Read more

Champs Ya’ll!

Just in case you forgot who won the National Championship last year and barely missed out winning two years ago as well—- Ram On! Read more

The Bible and Theology

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Kingdom Perspectives on Work, Money, Play, Worship

I’m pleased to say my course is now available from Logos/Faithlife on Kingdom perspectives on the Christian life. Check it out. Read more

Murder on the Orient Express— Redux

My last year at UNC (1974) ‘Murder on the Orient Express’ showed up on the silver screen. It was not bad, but I didn’t really like the foppish way Hercule Poirot, the detective genius, was portrayed. He seemed one part Peter Sellers and one part Columbo, an odd combo n’est pas? By contrast, Ridley Scott’s excellent remake of this classic story is quite excellent. Kenneth Branagh gets the detective just right— eccentric, brilliant, and a decent chap in the bargain…. Read more

Luther, and Wesley’s Debt to Luther— A Lecture by CKB

The new Barrett sermons volume is out, with great thanks to Kathy Armistead and Jennifer Rogers, and since this is the month in which we celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, I thought it would be appropriate to present here some lecture material my mentor, C.K. Barrett gave on Luther and his influence on Wesley. —- Luther was born in 1483, the son of a prosperous miner. The impression we get is that he grew up in a… Read more

Rethinking the Reformer’s Teaching on Christ’s Righteousness

Soon we will be doing a series of blog posts on the legacy of the Reformers and their effect on several contemporary scholars identified with the New Perspective on Paul. Here however I want to point out that some of the critical texts Luther, Calvin and Melanchthon used to base their Reformation theology can and probably should be read in a different way than they read them. We Protestants are all products, even if various steps removed from the source,… Read more

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