Fleming Rutledge on Christus Victor

I’m currently reading Fleming Rutledge, The Crucifixion: Understanding the Death of Christ (Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2015) and it’s a fine read written by a pastor/scholar known for her preaching. I particularly liked her summary of the significance of apocalyptic theology for Christian hope: The apocalyptic emphasis on the triumph of God celebrates not only God’s initiative [Read More…]

More Trinity and Gender Reflections … This Time from Women

It is good to see more women getting into the Complementarian-Trinity “civil war,” well no actually, its not good, all civil war is bad, disunity is harmful, but you know what I mean. Over at Practical Theology for Women, Wendy Alsup gives her view on eternal subordination and makes a forthright statement which should be [Read More…]

Rafael Rodriguez’s Review of Bart Ehrman’s “Jesus before the Gospels”

Over at The Jesus Blog, Rafael Rodriguez has finished up  his 8 part review of Bart Ehrman’s Jesus Before the Gospels: How the Earliest Christians Remembered, Changed, and Invented Their Stories of the Savior. Probably Rodriguez’s main critique of Ehrman is that he does not really understand memory studies and their application to early Christianity. Although Ehrman [Read More…]

Blast from the Past: The Saving Righteousness of God

In my book, The Saving Righteousness of God, I tried to articulate a middle view between old and new perspectives on Paul. Is the unity of Jews and Gentiles in the body of Christ illustrative of the effects of justification or is it constitutive in that God’s saving righteous creates a new people, with a new [Read More…]

Matthew Crawford: Clarifying Nicene Trinitarianism with Cyril of Alexandria

Matthew Crawford is a graduate of SBTS, he did a doctorate and post-doctoral fellowship at Durham University, and is currently research fellow at the Australian Catholic University in Melbourne. He is the author of Cyril of Alexandria’s Trinitarian Theology of Scripture (Oxford: OUP, 2014). In the miniature essay below, he shows what Cyril contributes to the debate about [Read More…]

What Christians Ought To Believe is # 1 in Amazon’s Hot New Releases in Christian Theology

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What Would the First Century Church Have Said to Second Century Christianity

I’ve just finished a very slow read through James Dunn’s mammoth Neither Jew nor Greek, and he asks a fascinating question early on: I want to ask the unrealistic, but nevertheless fascinating question: would Peter, James and Paul have been as satisfied with what happened in the second century, and thereafter, as Eusebius was? Would they [Read More…]

Two Must Read Articles on Christendom and Secularism

I just read two great articles that I thoroughly recommend to you: In Comment Magazine, James K. A. Smith writes on “Rethinking the Secular, Redeeming Christendom.” Christendom, then, is a missional endeavor that refuses to let political society remain protected from the lordship of Christ while it also recognizes the eschatological distance between the now and [Read More…]