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...]

Jesus, All My Trust Is in Your Blood

[bandcamp track=4230304246 bgcol=FFFFFF linkcol=4285BB size=venti] This song from Sovereign Grace Music, “Now Why This Fear,” is definitely worth a listen.  The music, from the cd The Gathering, is powerful, and the lyrics by master hymnist Augustus Toplady, author of “Rock of Ages,” are theologically rich and meaningful.  Here’s a snatch; this would be a great cd [Read More...]

The Story Is Salvation: Trevin Wax on the Soterian

Trevin Wax has just reviewed Scot McKnight’s The King Jesus Gospel and has offered a thorough interaction with this creative book (with a great cover-design, I must say).  After registering a number of agreements with McKnight, Trevin suggests several shortcomings.  One of these involves the way McKnight conceives the story of Scripture.  I’ll quote Wax [Read More...]

Books on Tap: Morley, Wax, Carson, Cole, Beale, and The Essential Edwards Collection

I’ve received some books recently, and have a minute at present to quickly pass on word about them.  I’m no expert on any of the books or subjects covered below, but I do love books, and it’s fun to try to let others know of possibly edifying works. First, Patrick Morley’s Pastoring Men came out [Read More...]

The Resurrection as God’s Vindication of the Crucified Messiah

This is a helpful comment for understanding the significance of the resurrection, especially as it relates to the atonement: [T]he Gospels…all agree that when the question was put to Jesus, “Are you the Messiah?” he did not deny it.  It is in the context of those last days in Jerusalem that the royal title emerges [Read More...]

Free Webcast of the Henry Center’s Kantzer Lectures

The Henry Center of Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (Deerfield, IL) is currently hosting Dr. Stephen Williams of Union Theological College (Belfast, Ireland) for its prestigious Kantzer Lectures in Revealed Theology.  The series will be of special interest to those who enjoy rich, deep theology.  It is moderated by Dr. Kevin Vanhoozer and will be published by [Read More...]

Carl Henry: Ethics Proceed from Atonement

Sometimes we hear Christianity spoken of as a system of salvation, a means by which we find God.  At other times we hear Christianity spoken of as a way of life, a code of conduct. Carl F. H. Henry, dean of twentieth-century evangelical theologians, shows how the two are bound by a cord that one [Read More...]

The Link 5.8.2009: Girls Gone Wise, Full-Court Presses, and “Tweeting” the Gospel

1. Just heard about the Girls Gone Wise website.  I think from Tim Challies.  Looks like a terrific resource.  Anything Mary Kassian has going on is beneficial for women, I find.  I once sat in on a radio show she did with Al Mohler and was impressed with her wisdom and comportment.  It’s no small [Read More...]

Stanley Fish on the Drama of Redemption

In a moving and surprisingly orthodox (even evangelical) piece on the downturn called “Faith and Deficits,”  literary theorist and anti-foundationalist Stanley Fish of Florida International University offers the following words on debt and forgiveness: “The same message, of debts forgiven before you ask, is delivered (with less cheer) by George Herbert’s great poem, “Redemption,” a [Read More...]

Dever and Packer on the Importance of Penal Substitution

The following quotations are from the latest Crossway “Book Report” (HT: JT). They include very helpful statements. Of course, these statements only scratch the surface of the topics covered. If you want to read more about the current state of atonement theory and the biblical case for penal substitution as the central motif of New [Read More...]


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