When a Theology Post Is “Unsafe” for Facebook

I wrote a post on Monday entitled “Is Rachel Held Evans’s Use of “God Herself” Biblically Faithful?” that got a fair amount of attention this week. It got many “Likes” on Facebook, for example. But far less than it should have. Why? Because, it appears, the post was deemed “unsafe.” I’m not entirely sure what happened, to [Read More...]

Rachel Held Evans and What “God Herself” Means

(This is a lengthy piece featuring a good bit of theological engagement. For ease of reading, follow the main sections.) Rachel Held Evans has achieved a measure of recognition among evangelicals, appearing on the cover of Christianity Today, speaking at Q, and giving talks at churches. In recent days, her glowing endorsement of Matthew Vines’s book-length legitimation of [Read More...]

Is Rachel Held Evans’s Use of “God Herself” Biblically Faithful?

(This is a lengthy piece featuring a good bit of theological engagement. For ease of reading, follow the main sections.) Rachel Held Evans has achieved a measure of recognition among evangelicals, appearing on the cover of Christianity Today, speaking at Q, and giving talks at churches. In recent days, her glowing endorsement of Matthew Vines’s book-length legitimation of [Read More...]

The Pastor in the Public Square: An April 2014 T4G Course

On April 7-10, 2014, I’ll be teaching the Together for the Gospel conference course entitled “The Pastor in the Public Square.” In addition to my lectures, I’m excited to announce three features of this really fun course! (Registration info below) 1) SBTS President Dr. R. Albert Mohler, Jr. has agreed to give a special lecture on “The [Read More...]

The Evangelical Mind Is Alive: ETS 2013 & Inerrancy

It’s that time of year again: the Evangelical Theological Society meets Tuesday-Thursday of this week. I’m traveling today to Baltimore for the 64th annual meeting, organized around the important theme of “Inerrancy.” I’ll be presenting two papers this year, both on the neo-evangelicals. My first paper is on Tuesday, Nov. 19 at 4:30pm in Hilton-Latrobe. [Read More...]

Christian Freedom May Not Mean What You’ve Been Told

“A Christian is a perfectly free lord of all, subject to none. A Christian is a perfectly dutiful servant, subject to all.” –Martin Luther, The Freedom of the Christian (1520) Christian freedom is one of the hottest spiritual topics today. To folks accustomed to moralistic Christianity and sets of rules that guide Christian conduct, Christian [Read More...]

Christ’s Cross and Kingdom: Are They Related or Unconnected?

The new issue of the international theological journal Themelios has just arrived. Andy Naselli has the announcement over at The Gospel Coalition. Themelios always features a brief essay from editor D. A. Carson of Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. In this issue of the journal, Carson tackles the connection between Christ’s cross and his kingdom. Sometimes, evangelicals try [Read More...]

Great Upcoming Conference: “Remembering Carl Henry” by the Henry Center at TEDS

Are you, like me, a serious fan of Carl Ferdinand Howard Henry? Then you will be interested in the “Remembering Carl Henry: Evangelicalism Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow” Conference. It will be held on October 11, 2013 at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. Paper proposals are due four days from now: July 1, 2013. My TEDS PhD [Read More...]

I’m Broken and I Can’t Get Up: On Martin Luther and “Mild Antinomianism”

I just listened to this fun 9Marks interview on Christian freedom with Mark Dever, Carl Trueman, Mike McKinley, and Andy Johnson. In the course of the sprawling discussion, Trueman raised the issue of Luther’s understanding of the gospel and spoke against modern “antinomianism.” It’s clear that Trueman believes that we misappropriate Luther if we read [Read More...]


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