Jonathan Edwards on Roles within the Godhead

According to Michael McClymond and Gerald McDermott, for Jonathan Edwards, Trinitarian roles were important. More than most early modern Christian thinkers, Edwards delineated distinct roles for each of the three divine Persons.  The Father is “the fountain,” “the Deity without distinction.”  He is the great “author” of the plan of redemption who provided a redeemer [Read More…]

Literature Review: Reinke, DeWitt, Thoennes, Hiestand & Thomas, Wittmer

It’s time for a good ole’ fashioned literature roundup.  Here are several books I’ve gotten recently that I think are worth my, and perhaps your, attention, if I may be so bold as to suggest possible entertainers of your attention.  All of these books will build your faith and confidence in our great God. Lit!: [Read More…]

How Charles Finney Trumped Jonathan Edwards in America

In the just-published 9Marks journal, I published an essay on the trajectory of conversion in America over the last 250 years.  It is my argument that in the evangelical scene writ large, conversion came to be seen more as a process to be engineered than as a miracle to be prayed down. Here’s a bit [Read More…]

Should We Not Read Jonathan Edwards Because He Owned Slaves?

An upcoming event at the Jonathan Edwards Center at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School tackles this question, and does so by way of a major lecture by esteemed pastor Thabiti Anyabwile.  This lecture, entitled “Jonathan Edwards and American Racism: Can the Theology of a Slave Owner Be Trusted by Descendants of Slaves?,” will be held this [Read More…]

The Legacy of Jonathan Edwards

The Jonathan Edwards Center at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School is hosting a colloquium on post-Edwards theology in two days, on Friday, January 6, 2011 on the campus of TEDS.  The JEC at TEDS is a young center but is off to a fast start, having already hosted scholars Mark Noll and Richard Mueller.  Thabiti Anyabwile [Read More…]

The Essential Edwards Collection: $17 on Kindle (!)

I recently heard from Moody Publishers that the Essential Edwards Collection is being sold on Kindle right now for $17–or $16.48, to be exact.  If you’ve sat on the fence since 2010–a long time to sit on the fence–now may be the time to pick this series up.  The hour is upon you. Edwards expert [Read More…]

Video Interview with Credo Magazine on Jonathan Edwards

This from Credo magazine: We are pleased to release an interview with Owen Strachan, co-author of The Essential Edwards Collection: Set of 5 Books, on the monumental figure, Jonathan Edwards, perhaps the greatest theologian-philosopher in American history. In Part 1 of this interview Owen introduces us to the life and thought of Edwards, his Puritan [Read More…]

Two Great Societies: Jonathan Edwards and Pastor-theologians

It’s been uncomfortably quiet at this humble little blog.  This is due in large part to a friend of mine who goes by the name “dissertation.”  He’s very needy; I’m hoping soon to part company with him. At any rate, I thought I’d share a bit about some upcoming events that you may be interested [Read More…]

Great Books: Josh Moody’s “No Other Gospel”

Without a doubt, one of the preachers I most look up to and learn from is Josh Moody of College Church in Wheaton, Illinois.  Josh is a humble man with an outsize résumé–BA from Cambridge, PhD from Cambridge (in none other than Jonathan Edwards), missionary to Georgia (the country, not the Dawgs) and Azerbaijan, husband [Read More…]

Kevin DeYoung Speaks Wisely About Celebrity Pastors

Kevin DeYoung has just posted a manifestly helpful piece on the hot-potato topic of “celebrity pastors.”  I commend it to you; it’s full of wisdom and good theological thinking. Here’s a snatch: Give glory to God for his gifts wherever you find them.This entails three things: 1) We must always remember—and not just give lip [Read More…]