Archives for February 2012

Academic Jargon

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What is the Purpose of the Old Testament? (RJS)

One of the major points of Peter Enns’s new book The Evolution of Adam: What the Bible Does and Doesn’t Say about Human Origins, perhaps the major point, is that the Old Testament points toward Christ. The form this takes, however, is not exactly the traditional evangelical understanding and we would do well to rethink [Read More…]

Learning to Love Paul

J.R. Daniel Kirk‘s new book, Jesus Have I Loved, But Paul? A Narrative Approach to the Problem of Pauline Christianity (BakerAcademic, 2011) may very well be a touchstone for the next generation of Christians who can’t accept the traditional Paul (on historical grounds) and yet who want to explore what Paul looks like if we [Read More…]

The Secret to Marriage

From Phil Huber, at New Wineskins: I just finished reading Happily Ever After: Six Secrets to a Successful Marriage by Gary Chapman. The book is a fairly typical example of the marriage enrichment genre, one of the best I have read. It is organized around six major areas of focus: solving conflicts, negotiating change, handling money, [Read More…]

Reality Check for Pastors

This is a fine set of reflections by Trevor Lee on youthful idealism, reality, and faith in a God who still is at work. As a 25 year old seminary student I sat at a Perkins with our 60-something Senior Pastor and excitedly spewed out a litany of great ideas that would change our church [Read More…]

Elements of Christian Hope

Christian theology has a distinct hope. Revolving around God and God’s glory, King Jesus as Lamb and Lion, the earth as the scene, and the people of God dwelling in peace and justice and love – and holiness and worship and blessedness, the Christian hope both provides comfort and a challenge to live now in [Read More…]

The Soterian Gospel as Selfish

The soterian gospel smacks too often of the very thing it seeks to fight: that is, it is often selfish and it rides, ironically, on the waves of liberalism. The essence of liberalism was the reshaping of Christian theology through the grinder of modernity. Authority shifted in liberal theology from the tradition (Scripture, orthodoxy, creeds, [Read More…]