Giving Thanks for Mark Driscoll (and Congregational Polity)

Some of you have been following the events related to Mark Driscoll’s publishing plan. It’s been a winding affair, but long story short, according to Warren Cole Smith of World Mars Hill Church essentially bought a best-seller spot for a recent Driscoll book. It was found out, controversy ensued (on the blogosphere, of all places), and [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...]

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...]

Un-forgetting the Forgotten: The Legacy of Jan Huss

Just read an interesting story on the legacy of Jan Huss, the great proto-Reformer of the present-day Czech Republic. If you’ve never heard of Huss or haven’t thought much about him, this Baptist Press piece is well worth your time. Here’s a bit: He became a priest not for noble or spiritual reasons but simply [Read More...]

Carl Trueman Lecturing on Luther at SBTS

Excellent news from SBTS: Carl Trueman of Westminster Theological Seminary will deliver the prestigious Gheens Lectures at Southern Seminary next week.  To say I am excited to hear Trueman speak on Luther would be an exercise in understatement.  It gets better, though–Trueman is speaking on Luther as “theological pastor.”  Sounds like some pastor-theologian material to [Read More...]

Are Leaves & Twigs Heating Your Inner Spiritual Life?

I recently had the opportunity to publish a short piece on Jonathan Edwards and his seminal Religious Affections in Ligonier Ministry’s excellent Tabletalk devotionalmagazine.  Any magazine, by the way, that is named after something Martin Luther-related is a-okay by me. My piece focused on how theology is intricately connected to our religious “affections,” the emotions [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...]

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...]

Making Men Moral: Greg Thornbury on the Enlightenment, Natural Law, and Christian Witness

The biography of the conference’s last session speaker, Greg Thornbury: “Gregory Alan Thornbury, PhD is the founding Dean of the School of Christian Studies at Union University, where he teaches philosophy and theology. Since 2002, He has served as Senior Fellow for The Kairos Journal (New York), an online research tool designed to help pastors [Read More...]


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