A brief hiatus from discussing The Gospel as Center

For a few days I will break from responding to The Gospel as Center and resume next week. In the meantime, I will post occasional thoughts here on other topics. Stay tuned.... … [Read more...]

Part 5 of Response to The Gospel as Center: Chapter 5 “Sin and the Fall”

Part 5 of Response to The Gospel as Center, Chapter 5: “Sin and the Fall” by Reddit Andrews IIIReddit Andrews is a Presbyterian pastor (PCA). This is a brief chapter—only ten pages—and covers the basics of a doctrine of sin from a Calvinist perspective. Andrews quotes Jonathan Edwards, Blaise Pascal, Herman Bavinck, John Murray and R. L. Dabney (among others). Also, of course, The Westminster Confession of Faith.For me this chapter raises to an intense pitch the question I have been askin … [Read more...]

Book recommendation about original sin

Some have asked for my view of original sin and the connection between Adam and us. I cannot do better than recommend Bernard Ramm's Offense to Reason: A Theology of Sin (Harper & Row, 1985). It was one of his last books and one of his best. (It's a bad title because Ramm did not think original sin is irrational; he thought it is beyond reason's ability to comprehend.) Ramm covers all the Christian options including Barth's idea of saga. The Bible calls sin the "mystery of iniquity." If we … [Read more...]

Part 4 of Response to The Gospel as Center: Chapter 4: Creation

Part 4: Response to The Gospel as Center: Chapter 4: Creation by Andrew M. DavisChapter 4, simply titled “Creation” is written by Andrew M. Davis, pastor of First Baptist Church, Durham, N.C. Nothing at the church’s web site indicated that it is Calvinist except the fact that it has elders. Among Baptists, usually only churches that consider themselves “Reformed” have elders. I’m sure there are some exceptions to that, but it is a general indicator.Sidebar: Just as a point of interest: My … [Read more...]

Part 3: Response to The Gospel as Center, Chapter 3: “The Gospel and Scripture”

Part 3: Response to The Gospel as Center, Chapter 3: “The Gospel and Scripture”This is the third of a series of responses to the book The Gospel as Center: Renewing Our Faith and Reforming our Ministry Practices edited by D. A. Carson and Timothy Keller.  All the authors are members of The Gospel Coalition.Chapter 3, “The Gospel and Scripture: How to Read the Bible” is by Mike Bullmore, pastor of Crossway Community Church of Kenosha, Wisconsin.I approached this chapter expecting a def … [Read more...]

Part 2: Response to The Gospel as Center

Part 2: Response to The Gospel as Center, Chapter 2, “Can We Know the Truth?” by Richard D. PhillipsThis chapter is, as the title indicates, about epistemology. I approached it wondering if there is such a thing as a “gospel epistemology.” That is, is there an epistemology intrinsically implied by the gospel? Haven’t equally God-fearing, Bible-believing, Jesus-loving Christians disagreed about epistemology since the beginning?Overall, I was pleasantly surprised. Which is not to say I agre … [Read more...]

Part 1 of A New Series: Responses to The Gospel as Center by members of the Gospel Coalition

Part 1 of A New Series: Responses to The Gospel as Center by Members of the Gospel CoalitionBeginning today I embark on a series of posts responding to chapters in the new book The Gospel as Center: Renewing Our Faith and Reforming Our Ministry Practices edited by D. A. Carson and Timothy Keller and published by Crossway (2012). The publisher was kind enough to send me a complimentary copy, so I will review in detail here. My plan is to respond to a chapter at a time. The book has fourteen … [Read more...]


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