Christ Plus: Gospel Coalition Interview on Christ-centered Preaching

From the Gospel Coalition: When you are preaching Christ from the Old Testament, do you actually preach the Old Testament? Owen Strachan, a regular TGC contributor and professor of theology and church history at Boyce College, wants preachers to not simply preach Christ from the Old Testament, but to preach the Old Testament in a [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...]

Reading the Bible Versus Reading Edited Biblical Stories: What’s Better?

Over at the BibleMesh blog, Thesis, John Starke has a thought-provoking piece up entitled “Danville, Illinois and the Eschatology of a Five Year Old” about family devotions and the use of Christian books versus the Bible.  Starke raises the question of whether our family devotions should include more Bible and less (helpful and well-intentioned) condensed and edited [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 Week-est Link, September 12, 2008

1. Timmy Brister has a nice summary of what evangelicals are saying about Sarah Palin’s Vice President bid as a mother of five children.  Also, see Dave Schrock’s helpful blog for a similar survey. 2. A thoughtful post by Dustin Benge on the role of the OT in pastoral theology. 3. DC evangelical Joe Carter [Read More...]

Henry Center Travelogue, Day Three: Evangelical Identity and Ringo Starr

I’m in Hong Kong with the Henry Center, my employer, as we’re hosting an international conference on evangelical identity. I’ll be blogging about the conference on the Henry Center blog and will cross-post here. The conference has now started in earnest. We’re at the YMCA International House on Waterloo Street, right in the middle of [Read More...]

Further Thoughts on Guys, Fighting, and Needless Violence

There have been some great comments on recent posts. Thanks to all who have written in with thoughtful things to say. Even when folks have disagreed with me, they’ve been charitable and reasonable. I’ll focus today on how Christians might understand needless violence. With pursuits like football, or backyard boxing, or karate, how are we [Read More...]

Is Vicious Combat Between Guys a Good Thing? The New York Times on Mixed Martial-Arts

The New York Times magazine just published a story on mixed martial-arts fighting that caught my eye. Paul Wachter has crafted “Gladiator” as an exploration of the culture and morality of this “sport”, which is rapidly growing in the United States. I’ve read material on this sport before but had not encountered an article of [Read More...]

The Week-est Link, February 22, 2008: Mohler, Carson, and One Powerful Song

1. Andy Naselli, a friend from TEDS and PhD student in New Testament (and D. A. Carson’s research guy) blogs about the online history of Southern Seminary that I worked on a few years back. I’m linking to it here because Andy lays out the site’s content in a really helpful way. If you’ve never [Read More...]

Things Christians Overlook: The Bible Has a Thesis (Hint: Christ)

I want to do a brief series on some key biblical things that I and other Christians have overlooked and do overlook. Today’s topic is on a pretty simple but incredibly under-recognized idea, that the Bible has a thesis, and that this thesis is Jesus Christ. I have talked about this before on this blog, [Read More...]


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