Gospel Narrative to Gospel Theology


The narrative shape of a Gospel reveals the theology of the Gospel. As the semester finishes up in my Gospel of John course, students have completed the major project for the  called the “Synthesis of John”. Basically the synthesis assignment requires students to think about the meaning of every episode in John’s Gospel and then [Read More...]

Celebrating Advent with a Young Family

We began the Advent devotions this week. The highlights of having an Advent devotion with four-year olds are numerous. First, the church new what it was doing with the candles. My children are enamored with the lighting and blowing out of the candle. Against my wife’s better judgment, I have one of the children help [Read More...]

Practices of the Church 1: “Binding and Loosing”


In John Howard Yoder’s Body Politics: Five Practices of the Christian Community before the Watching World (Herald Press, 1992), the first practice he describes he calls “Binding and Loosing”- taken the phrase from Matt 18:18: Whatever you bind on earth is bound in heaven” The particular practice that Yoder has in mind is the practice [Read More...]

In preparation for Advent


Advent begins this Sunday, Nov 27th. I’ve never celebrated Advent, so this is a first for me. A few weeks back I asked for help in finding family devotions for the Advent season. I had a good number of helpful suggestions; thanks to all who chimed in. I have just completed reading Robert Webber’s chapter [Read More...]

My Praise for Longenecker’s Remember the Poor


A couple weeks ago, Michael wrote a brief post noting the new book by Bruce Longenecker called Remember the Poor: Paul, Poverty and the Greco-Roman World. I picked a copy up at SBL and began reading it with great interest. This topic is important to me and very timely given the discussions being had on [Read More...]

What is the Mission of the Church?, A Review

The post is the full review of  What Is the Mission of the Church?: Making Sense of Social Justice, Shalom, and the Great Commission by Kevin DeYoung and Greg Gilbert. [Read more...]

What is NOT the Mission of the Church? 8

This post brings my review of Kevin DeYoung and Greg Gilbert’s book to a close. I want to thank them for contributing such a well written and thought provoking argument. Although I can’t claim to have read widely on the subject of mission, I can concur with the sentiments of D. A. Carson in his [Read More...]

Sermon on Colossians 2:8-15 at College Life


On Sunday night I have the privilege of preaching a sermon at North Park’s weekly gathering College Life. Here’s the link if your interested in listening to my sermon “In Messiah Alone”.   [Read more...]