May 23, 2011

Over at CT, Rodger Olson has a short review of Ken Stewart’s book Ten Myths About Calvinism.  According to Olson: Stewart chides major personalities of the current Calvinist upsurge for thinking as though it “appeared Melchizedek-like, ‘without genealogy.’?” He names two heroes of the mostly 20-something crowd of new Calvinists, John Piper and Mark Driscoll, as culprits of this de-historicized vision of contemporary Calvinism. Stewart concludes that the new Calvinists need to recognize how their movement “stands in succession to… Read more

May 23, 2011

It is funny because it’s true! Read more

May 22, 2011

Francis Chan and (my buddy) Preston Sprinkle have a book coming out soon called Erasing Hell: What God Said About Eternity and the Things We Made Up (published by David Cook).  Francis is a well-known pastor/speaker and Preston teaches at Eternity Bible College and he did his Ph.D at Aberdeen University. I can guarantee you that if Preston is involved, then the biblical exegesis will be way above Bell’s exegesis which is to say the least rather dire. Here’s the blurb:… Read more

May 21, 2011

There is a wonderful tradition of Amyraldian Anglicans who imbibed Calvinism with a Catholic spirit.  J.C. Ryle, John Newton, and Charles Simeon are the main examples.  Another one in that tradition is D.B. Knox. D.B. Knox (1916-94), former theology professor at Moore College in Sydney, advocated a view of universal atonement in conjunction with a deeply rooted Anglican Calvinism.[1] For Knox the work of Christ extends uniformly to the whole of humanity and this is clear wen based around certain… Read more

May 20, 2011

The latest issue of Scottish Bulletin of Evangelical Theology is dedicated to the Reformed Dutch Theologian Herman Bavinck. Guest Editorial JAMES EGLINTON Bavinck’s Use of Wisdom Literature in Systematic Theology JOHN BOLT Bavinck’s Use of Augustine as an Antidote to Ritschl MARK W. ELLIOTT Herman Bavinck and His Reformed Sources on the Call to Grace: A Shift in Emphasis towards the Internal Work of the Spirit HENK VAN DEN BELT The Religious Character of Modernism and the Modern Character of Religion: A Case Study of Herman Bavinck’s… Read more

May 20, 2011

I just came across this convenient list of primary source quotes about pre-Christian usage of euangelion and euangelia by Glen Davies. I’ve seen the references in the TDNT article but never looked them up. But it is quite interesting to see them set out. For example there is Plutarch’s Moralia 374d which says: “Why, as we are told, the Spartans merely sent meat from the public commons to the man who brought glad tidings [εὐαγγέλιον] of the victory in Mantineia which… Read more

May 20, 2011

We are at the halfway point of our study tour, having yesterday wrapped up our touring in Greece. Today is a travel day and tomorrow we are taking a day to play on the island of Samos before we sail for Turkey. I think a reflection on its value is appropriate. (more…) Read more

May 20, 2011

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May 20, 2011

The above sign is located less than a mile from my college in Brisbane, Australia. I thought you would only see this kind of stuff in the deep, dark, depths of Alabama, Kentucky, or Texas. Alas, the eschatoweirdo’s associated with Harold Camping brought some advertizing space as far as Australia! There is a good article on this over at ABC News with comments by my friend John Dickson, of whom it is reported in the article that come 21 May… Read more

May 19, 2011

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