The Miracle of Small Moments

By Mike Glenn A few years ago, the boys (yeah, I know my sons are 33 and married with children) and I were talking about what to give each other for Christmas. We went through the usual suggestions—ties, shirts, some Alabama gear. And then one of them asked me this question: “If we could give you anything you wanted for Christmas, what would you ask for?” I looked back at my son and said, “You can’t give me what I… Read more

Is Substitution Biblical?

Sometime I ago I posted this: There are plenty of attempts to find atonement theories that avoid the barbarisms of some penal substitution (PSA) proponents, but avoiding PSA altogether is unavoidable. Here’s what it claims: 1. Humans sin. 2. Sin has serious, ultimate consequences before God. 3. The consequence of sin, its punishment, is death. 4. Jesus died to bear (and bear away) the consequences of sin (and sin). 5. Christians proclaim the forgiveness of sins through the death of Jesus. There is only one way to avoid the… Read more

Reading Genesis 3 (RJS)

After a few essays laying the foundation, the recent book Evolution and the Fall edited by William T. Cavanaugh and James K. A. Smith turns to biblical and theological studies. In the first essay in this section J. Richard Middleton, professor of biblical worldview and exegesis at Northeastern Seminary, looks at the theological and biblical themes found in the first few chapters of Genesis. Some of the material has already been covered in more detail in his earlier books The… Read more

5 Models For Christians In The World

In his exceptional book Contours of the Kuyperian Tradition, Craig Bartholomew lays out five models of how Christians relate to the world, or how they perceive what they do in terms of the mission of God in the world. Or, to use terms philosophers like, five models of the relationship of nature and grace. Here they are: 1. Grace against nature (gratia contra naturam) (Anabaptism) 2. Grace over nature (gratia supra naturam) (Roman Catholicism) 3. Grace alongside nature (gratia iuxta naturam)… Read more

Webinar on the Book of Revelation

Let’s be real. How much do you pay attention to the book of Revelation? How do you read the Book of Revelation? How many arguments are there about the Book of Revelation? Why are so many of the battles about this book about such — if I may — trivial pursuits? Many today have learned to ignore and not even read the Book of Revelation because of the trivial pursuits. If the New Testament were a neighborhood, the book of… Read more

Ministry From (Not For) Blessing 2

By Chris Seidman. Since 2001, Chris has served as lead minister of The Branch Church, a multi-site church in Dallas with more than 100 years of rich history.  Chris is privileged to preach occasionally in churches, on college campuses, and in conferences across the country and often has his golf clubs in tow. He is also distinguished as an author who has written more books than he has sold.  So he has that going for him. Sooner or later ministry… Read more

Post Seminary Reading Plan: Theology In Diversity

This post, by Cherith Fee Nordling, my colleague at Northern Seminary, provides book suggestions — post seminary — on theology with a twist toward diversity and theology. From Resurrection to New Creation: A First Journey in Christian Theology. Michael Pahl. A beautiful little book that covers the heart of the Christian story, theologically and biblically, that also offers great questions and a concise bibliography at the end of each short chapter.   Heresies and How to Avoid Them. Why It Matters What… Read more

The Duty Of Constant Communion

By Allan Bevere On the Duty of Constant Communion: Because Some Things Are Too Important to Neglect John Wesley, the founder of Methodism (along with his brother Charles) participated in the sacrament of Holy Communion at least a couple of times a week. He told his people called Methodists that they should take Communion as often as possible. In his sermon entitled, “The Duty of Constant Communion,” Wesley gives his reasons for constant Communion as well as answering common objections to those… Read more

A Different Kind Of “Faithful Presence”: A Response To JKA Smith

Evangelicalism has long been captivated by the work of the Dutch Calvinists. You might even call it a romance. Read more

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