What is NOT the mission of the church? 1

Kevin DeYoung and Greg Gilbert published a new book on the mission of the church What Is the Mission of the Church?: Making Sense of Social Justice, Shalom, and the Great Commission. I want to be generous in this discussion and I certainly think these guys have the best of intentions. However, this book is [Read More...]

Tim Gombis’ The Drama of Ephesians

I’m teaching through the book of Ephesians in College Ministry at our church. In preparing for the talks I decided to read my friend Tim Gombis’ book The Drama of Ephesians: Participating in the Triumph of God. Tim, you’ve written a really good book! After getting home in the mid-to-late evening tonight I found myself [Read More...]

The Spectrum of Evangelicalism 1

If and when you read the new Counterpoints book Four Views on the Spectrum of Evangelicalism (Counterpoints: Bible and Theology), and I really recommend you do, Which view will you read first? And why? The book presents four views on Evangelicalism: Fundamentalism (presented by Kevin Bauder of Central Baptist Theological Seminary) Confessional evangelicalism (presented by [Read More...]

Final judgment “on the basis” of works – who said it?

Can you guess who made this statement: The biblical truth that I want us to understand, believe, and live by today is this: a time is coming when every responsible person, on the basis of his or her actions and attitudes, will meet the final judgment of God either as eternal life or as wrath [Read More...]

“Only the believing obey, only the obedient believe”

One of the most memorable quotes from Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s book Nachfolge (“Discipleship”) is this little ditty: “Only the believing obey, only the obedient believe”. In the summer theology reading group I was leading with a group of college students, this statement provided the most heated conversation we had all summer. No one, of course, had [Read More...]

A “New Perspective” on the Gospel, the King Jesus Gospel 10

Scot McKnight’s final chapter in his new book The King Jesus Gospel: The Original Good News Revisited begins with a brilliant analogy. He tells of visiting a site in Ireland while giving lectures there called Newgrange. I’ve been to Ireland, but never there. Newgrange is famous because it has what appears to be a 5000 [Read More...]

A “New Perpsective” on the Gospel, the King Jesus Gospel 9

By the end of chapter 8 in Scot McKnight’s new book The King Jesus Gospel: The Original Good News Revisited, unless you’re not paying attention, you have no doubt what is his argument: The gospel is the Story of Jesus as the completion of the Story of Israel. Each of these four witnesses [apostolic gospel [Read More...]

The Bible Made Impossible 1

Christian Smith’s new book The Bible Made Impossible: Why Biblicism Is Not a Truly Evangelical Reading of Scripture is nothing short of a frontal assault on the way we as Evangelicals read the Bible. I’ve been reading it in the evenings before bed the last couple of nights (I’m to ch 3) and Smith’s thesis [Read More...]