Jeff Cook on Erasing Hell

You should  check out the very interesting posts by Jeff Cook on Erasing Hell if you haven’t already over at Jesus Creed. The last one is here with currently 128 comments. In this post, Jeff critiques the hermeneutic which lies behind the main question of the book: Are we willing to submit our reason and [Read More...]

The traditional doctrine of hell is both immoral & unintelligible

I’m doing a series on hell in my college ministry called “Hell No, Hell Yes?” and will be giving a short lecture on hell to our 30 plus ministry staff at church. So hell is something I continue to reflect on a fresh. I’ve begun to read a fascinating book on hell (Scot McKnight recommended [Read More...]

What’s your busiest time of year?

This fall is the second since I began working in church ministry again as the College Pastor at Christ Community Church. In some ways I’m still getting used to the rhythm of a bio-vocational career of academy and church. I can say with a good bit of certainty that the late summer/early fall is the [Read More...]

Did Jesus Preach the Gospel?

Sometime ago, John Piper preached a sermon, “Did Jesus preach Paul’s Gospel?” In contrast, Scot McKnight has a sermon called “Did Jesus preach the Gospel?” I tried to embed it but couldn’t, but do watch it, it only goes for 18 minutes! As to how Jesus’ messiahship in the Gospels figures in the “gospel,” see [Read More...]

Review of Darrell Bock’s “Recovering the Real Lost Gospel”

Over TGC, Jason Hood has a good review of Darrell Bock’s Recovering the Real Lost Gospel. Hood concludes: Recovering the Lost Gospel gets readers thinking freshly about the New Testament’s gospel by addressing many different aspect of gospel renewal, from restored relationship to new power. Bock’s presentation of oft-neglected gospel themes (including covenant promises, new [Read More...]

The King Jesus Gospel – Promo Clip

Scot McKnight’s book, The King Jesus Gospel, has a really cool promo clip. See it below! [Read more...]

“At last we have seen a man” – Stephen Neil on Christ’s Humanity

I’m reading an old little book by the late Stephen Neil called What is Man? and it has this interesting little quote: When Jesus died, something happened that had never happened before in the whole history of the world. A man had lived the whole of his life in perfect and complete obedience to God. [Read More...]

To Change the World 2

I’ve recently begun a series of posts on James Hunter’s book To Change the World: The Irony, Tragedy, and Possibility of Christianity in the Late Modern World. We pick it up with chapter one – Christian faith and the Task of World-Change Hunter begins with the foundation of God’s creational mandate. God created the world [Read More...]

Writing Style 9

“Elegance” would not be the first word that would come to anyone’s mind that read my writing style. If I were to evaluate my own perception of my writing, I would say I’m as elegant as Fred Flintstone. Elegance is the subject of Lesson 9 in Williams and Colomb’s useful book on writing style Style: [Read More...]

The Case for Dual Baptism – Part 2

Returning to our case for “dual baptism”, I conclude with the following. When Paul said that there was “one Lord, one faith, one baptism” (Eph 4:5), which baptism he had in mind? Did he mean believer’s baptism or infant baptism? Truth be told, I think he simply meant Christian baptism. The baptism that is performed [Read More...]

Troubling News about Incoming College Freshman

The Chicago Sun-Times’ front page story this morning is troubling to those of us who will be welcoming a new class of college freshman into our lecture halls in the next couple of weeks. Three-quarters of them are not ready for university studies! More than three-quarters of Illinois high school graduates aren’t completely ready for [Read More...]

The Case for Dual Baptism – Part 1

Is there another option in the credobaptism (believer’s baptism) vs. paedobaptism (infant baptism) debate? Well, an alternative position is for churches to permit both views of baptism, credo and paedo, to be practiced side by side.[1] This policy of dual baptism is held by the Nazarene Church, American Evangelical Covenant Church, French Reformed Church, and [Read More...]

Lynn Cohick – Women in the World of the Earliest Christians (Videos)

Over at the Center for Public Christianity, John Dickson interviews Prof. Lynn Cohick about women in the Roman world and in the earliest churches. Do check it out (esp. the second video)! [Read more...]

Liberal Christianity – A Critique

I have been thinking much about “liberal” Christianity in recent weeks. The term “liberal” is an odd description. In some contexts “liberal” can be positive in the sense of being generous or libertarian in something. We like the idea of “liberal” giving or having a “liberal” society where things are free and fair. In Australia [Read More...]

Portraits of Dietrich Bonhoeffer – Metaxas and Schlingensiepen

While traveling to and from the Czech Republic, I completed Schlingensiepen’s biography on Dietrich Bonhoeffer Dietrich Bonhoeffer 1906-1945: Martyr, Thinker, Man of Resistance. This is the second of two really good biographies I’ve read on Bonhoeffer this year. The first is the much enjoyed, and maligned, biography by Eric Metaxas Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy. [Read More...]