Towards an Evangelical Ecclesiology

There is no official “evangelical ecclesiology,” nor can there be in the strict sense. You can have an Anglican, Catholic, Baptist, Lutheran, Methodist, or Presbyterian ecclesiology. Such ecclesiologies prescribe the confession, order, structure, discipline, governance, worship, sacraments, and ministries of these respective denominations. But there is no prescriptive evangelical equivalent because being evangelical is a [Read More...]

Best Statue in Turkey

What do you think is a good name for this statue? It sets in front of the museum in Aphrodisias Turkey. Photo by: Anne Heaps [Read more...]

Love Wins 7.2

This is the second part of a two-part post on Rob Bell’s fifth chapter (“Dying to Live”) in his book Love Wins. The chapter is about the meaning of Jesus death and resurrection. In the first part of the post I discussed the Atonement. In this post I want to address his discussion of the [Read More...]

Love Wins 7.1

Ok, so I’m back from hiatus working through Rob Bell’s book Love Wins: A Book About Heaven, Hell, and the Fate of Every Person Who Ever Lived. To be honest I feel like the whole thing is passé. As of now the book and the issues raised by it have been repeatedly commented on ad [Read More...]

God-fearers Inscription(s) from Aphrodisais

On our last day in Turkey, on Wednesday of this week, we visited the ancient site of Aphrodisias. The city does not appear in the New Testament but it is smack dab in the middle of the seven churches of Revelation and Paul’s cities. The picture above was taken in the restored majestic city gate [Read More...]

Christology Smack Down

In the latest issue of Expository Times (122.8 [2011]) there are a couple of book reviews of: James Dunn, Did the First Christians Worship Jesus? The New Testament Evidence by T. Scott Manor. James F. McGrath, The Only True God: Early Christian Monotheism in its Jewish Context by Larry Hurtado. This is really a review [Read More...]

Calvinism and Catholicity

Todd Billings has a cool piece on The Promise of Catholic Calvinism. I can relate to this. I remember one time saying something in class about the Trinity and afterwards a student came up to me rather concerned and asked: “I didn’t think we believed all that Catholic stuff like the Trinity?” I was aghast [Read More...]

Resurrection and the Second Century

From Frederik Mulder’s blog Resurrection Hope (HT Chris Hays) I’ve learned of a forthcoming book by Markus Vinzent (who blogs here) called Christ’s Resurrection in Early Christianity and the Making of the New Testament. Mulder summaries Vinzent’s thesis as follows: In short, if I understood Vinzent correctly, he wants to argue that belief in the [Read More...]


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