My T4G Breakout on the Pastor-Theologian

My breakout session from the 2014 Together for the Gospel (T4G) conference is now online. It was entitled The Pastor as Public Theologian in an Increasingly Hostile Culture. My session runs around an hour, and covers two major themes: 1) The pastorate is fundamentally a theological office that calls for the pastor to take dominion of [Read More...]

On December’s CrossCon and the “Millennial Christianity” Debate

New video about the new conference (HT: JT). December 27-30, 2013 in Louisville, Kentucky. Piper, Carson, DeYoung, Platt, Oh, and a bunch of other great, godly leaders. CBMW will be there, and with all our bells on. Student registration, by the by, is a mere $100 for the next 7 weeks. Hey, let’s take this [Read More...]

How Theology Drives Spirituality (Thinking and Doing Are Inextricable!)

It’s very common in evangelicalism to either be a “thinking Christian” or a “doing Christian.”  I think that these divisions are bunk.  I think that thinking drives doing.  Theology drives spirituality.  I recently had the opportunity to say as much at Highland Baptist Church in Waco, Texas, a church featuring a thriving discipleship ministry led [Read More...]

Gender Roles and the Gospel

Here’s a great video on complementarianism (or biblical gender roles) from The Gospel Coalition featuring John Piper, Tim Keller, and D. A. Carson (HT: JT).  I found all three panelists’s remarks stimulating (and I enjoyed Carson’s anti-Zwinglian militarism at around the 9-minute mark!). Piper, as Piper does, got ramped up in the first part of [Read More...]

Jared Compton of Detroit Seminary on Women Having it All

My friend Jared Compton, finishing a PhD on Hebrews under D. A. Carson at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, just published a thoughtful and constructive blog on Theologically Driven, the excellent faculty blog of Detroit Baptist Theological Seminary. Jared wrote about biblical womanhood, riffing off the recent Atlantic essay by Anne-Marie Slaughter that explored why modern women still, [Read More...]

Things You Should Read: The New Themelios Journal

Just saw that the new Themelios is out.  You will want to give this one some time.  Oodles of good pieces and reviews geared at thinking Christians of all types. The new issue includes a nice piece from D. A. Carson of Trinity Evangelical Divinity School on the imperative behind missions.  Here’s a snatch: But [Read More...]

Do Academic Papers Matter, or Are They Pointless?

I just submitted a paper proposal for the 2012 meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society.  In the course of doing so, and after seeing a Tweet from a friend indicating a stronger desire to preach than give a paper, I thought I would say something brief about this. In short, academic papers matter.  Too often [Read More...]

Doing Ministry with a Shelby Cobra Mustang Engine (Like Piper & Carson)

I just did an interview with Christ the Center, a podcast produced by the Reformed Forum, which is associated with Westminster Theological Seminary.  This is a high-powered theological podcast that has hosted such important discussions as the recent debate among Presbyterian theologians over justification and union with Christ (with Michael Horton and Lane Tipton) and [Read More...]

The Henry Center Presents Bruce McCormack on Election

This week and next, the Carl F. H. Henry Center for Theological Understanding at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School is featuring Bruce McCormack of Princeton Theological Seminary for the Kantzer Lectures in Revealed Theology.  The series title is “The God Who Graciously Elects,” and you can watch the live-stream of the final four lectures by clicking [Read More...]

John Piper, Don Carson, and Transformed Pastors and Scholars

There’s a great deal of interest right now in what some have called the pastor-theologian and theologian-pastor movement.  John Piper and D. A. Carson are two of the more prominent faces of each of these enhanced ministerial vocations.  I recently had the opportunity to sit down with Dustin Neeley of Church Planting for the Rest [Read More...]


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