Franke’s Character of Theology 2

Franke’s Character of Theology, which I began here, turns in the second chapter to the Subject of Theology. The book is written for seminary students and academics. A Brief of the second chapter In essence (no pun here), the Subject of theology is the Trinitarian God who is Truth and who makes himself known truly [Read More...]

Franke’s Character of Theology

John Franke’s new book, The Character of Theology: An Introduction to Its Nature, Task, and Purpose, promises to be a study of theology that will enable (what I have elsewhere called) a purple theology. In other words, it is postconservative and postliberal. In this post I will look briefly at the first chapter, “Doing Theology [Read More...]

Celebrity culture, writing, and the Church

A recent meandering through the new biographies at Barnes & Noble confronted me one more time with a bald fact of our time: people want to read biographies with salacious details or biographies of celebrities who have achieved — well, what do celebrities achieve? — or biographies of famous figures. I passed over Brooke Shields [Read More...]

A Holy Journey, John Bunyan’s classic

I have a study of John Bunyan’s classic, Pilgrim’s Progress, now online with Covenant Companion. You can see it here. [Read more...]

Pagitt on Preaching 1

This is the first in a series of posts by Brad Boydston and me on Doug Pagitt’s new book, Preaching Re-imagined. We will be posting these on both Brad’s site and this site, so you can go to either to read them. [Read more...]

Emergence and Scripture

It is only 2005 and I am willing to stick my neck out and announce the best book on Scripture for the new century. Kevin Vanhoozer, The Drama of Doctrine, has captured the modern discussions about propositionalist, expressivist, and the cultural-linguistic models of Scripture and community and tradition, and has deftly tied them into a [Read More...]

Kingdom Resource

A good book for understanding a Kingdom perspective on “gospel,” is R.J. Sider, Good News and Good Works: A Theology for the Whole Gospel (Baker, 1993). Followed by Churches that Make a Difference. [Read more...]

Kingdom Resource

A good book for understanding a Kingdom perspective on “gospel,” is R.J. Sider, Good News and Good Works: A Theology for the Whole Gospel (Baker, 1993). Followed by Churches that Make a Difference. [Read more...]

Has Carson been fair?

Check this post out on whether or not Carson has been fair to Frei and Lindbeck. Should make for a good discussion on Harbinger. [Read more...]

Conspiracy of Grace

Just finished a book many of you probably have already read, Michael Yaconelli’s Messy Spirituality. Very much along the line of Yancey’s What’s So Amazing about Grace?, Yaconelli’s book is disarmingly honest and filled with stories that ring true about the presence of grace. Here’s a central theme in a quotation: Spirituality isn’t about being [Read More...]


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