Things You Should Read: Credo on Old Princeton

I can’t lie.  I’m an unadulterated Baptist, but I am over the moon for “Old Princeton,” the street name for the conservative iteration of Princeton Theological Seminary (roughly 1812-early 1900s). Old Princeton was the confessional institution in America for a century, the first of the great American seminaries.  Its doctrinal outlook and methodology directly influenced [Read More...]

How Coffee Caused the Enlightenment

I am taking a break from my new role as Jeremy Lin’s unpaid PR assistant (can you believe last night’s victory?!) to blog on two topics I enjoy: the Enlightenment and coffee.  That’s right.  Steven Berlin Johnson, a popular scientist and author of The Invention of Air (Riverhead, 2008), suggested a few years back that [Read More...]

Carl Henry’s Quest for the “Evangelical Harvard” and Other ETS 2011 Topics

For the small but vibrant community of people known as “evangelical theologians” or “theology aficianados” or “those zealous about the extracalvinisticum,” the annual meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society is a big deal.  I love ETS.  This year’s meeting, centered around the theme “No Other Name,” will be held this week in San Francisco, California [Read More...]

First Issue of Credo Magazine: John Frame, Bruce Ware, Tim Challies on Scripture

A few months back I made mention of a new magazine, Credo, which is reformed, credobaptistic, and focused on theology and history.  The first issue was published yesterday and it is a humdinger. Click here to go to the main page of the magazine.  Credo is an online production, and you can read it either [Read More...]

Hanging Out with Francis Schaeffer on a Friday Night in College

Was Francis Schaeffer significant?  Was he significant for you?  He was for me.  I’ve got a piece up at the Gospel Coalition entitled “Everything But the Knickers: The Enduring Influence of Francis Schaeffer” that offers a brief apologetic for his importance.  Here’s a snatch from it: In a news cycle driven by the latest quotes [Read More...]

The Art and Utility of Christian Biography

Over at the Gospel Coalition, A. Donald MacLeod, an eminent Christian historian, has penned a piece entitled “The Joys and Frustrations of a Christian Biographer.”  The piece is a slightly edited version of the commencement message he delivered at Westminster East in the spring of 2011.  I read it then and have read it again [Read More...]

Is The Gospel Coalition a Good Thing? Is Harold Ockenga Like John Piper?

You can find scintillating answers to these and a number of other questions in an interview (part one, part two) I just did with historical theologian Nathan Finn. Nathan graciously asked me several questions following the release of the book I edited with David Mathis of Desiring God, The Pastor as Scholar, the Scholar as [Read More...]

Mark Noll on His Time at TEDS

From a recent piece in the Christian Century (HT: Nathan Finn): As an undergraduate at Wheaton College I learned from several professors how natural it could be to link serious intellectual pursuits with simple Christian faithfulness. At Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in the early 1970s I learned still more. Several faculty, led by David Wells, [Read More...]

Johnson on Churchill: History Sublime

On the recommendation of commentators like John Meacham, The American Spectator, and Al Mohler, I am nearly through Paul Johnson’s Churchill.  The book is just 166 pages and will come as an easy read for readers who may be interested in the man but scared off by arcane discussions of British politics.  If so, this is the [Read More...]


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