June 1, 2011

Scot McKnight has a discussion of Tom Wright’s new (by new I mean new edition) on Authority and Scripture. Over at the Gospel Coalition there is a great post by Kevin DeYoung that obedience is possible, prescribed, and precious. See my earlier posts on Anti-nomian wars! Andy Naselli has a great summary on apps for iPad if you’re a pastor/scholar type person. All the relevant since I finally bought an iPad today! James McGrath gives us a cute photo describing… Read more

May 31, 2011

There is no official “evangelical ecclesiology,” nor can there be in the strict sense. You can have an Anglican, Catholic, Baptist, Lutheran, Methodist, or Presbyterian ecclesiology. Such ecclesiologies prescribe the confession, order, structure, discipline, governance, worship, sacraments, and ministries of these respective denominations. But there is no prescriptive evangelical equivalent because being evangelical is a theological ethos not a denominational entity. Belonging to the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America does not make you “evangelical” and you can still be an… Read more

May 30, 2011

What do you think is a good name for this statue? It sets in front of the museum in Aphrodisias Turkey. Photo by: Anne Heaps Read more

May 30, 2011

This is the second part of a two-part post on Rob Bell’s fifth chapter (“Dying to Live”) in his book Love Wins. The chapter is about the meaning of Jesus death and resurrection. In the first part of the post I discussed the Atonement. In this post I want to address his discussion of the resurrection. In the section, he makes three points: (1) the idea of resurrection is not new; it is the essence of reality, (2) the death… Read more

May 29, 2011

Ok, so I’m back from hiatus working through Rob Bell’s book Love Wins: A Book About Heaven, Hell, and the Fate of Every Person Who Ever Lived. To be honest I feel like the whole thing is passé. As of now the book and the issues raised by it have been repeatedly commented on ad nauseum. Just last week Michael posted the solid recent review by Nijay Gupta.  Still, the issues are weighty and there are few reviews that have… Read more

May 28, 2011

On our last day in Turkey, on Wednesday of this week, we visited the ancient site of Aphrodisias. The city does not appear in the New Testament but it is smack dab in the middle of the seven churches of Revelation and Paul’s cities. The picture above was taken in the restored majestic city gate called the Tetrapylon. In Aphrodisias an important inscription was found in the late the Twentieth century. Published only in 1987 by Reynolds and Tannenbaum (Cambridge… Read more

May 28, 2011

In the latest issue of Expository Times (122.8 [2011]) there are a couple of book reviews of: James Dunn, Did the First Christians Worship Jesus? The New Testament Evidence by T. Scott Manor. James F. McGrath, The Only True God: Early Christian Monotheism in its Jewish Context by Larry Hurtado. This is really a review of the Master (Dunn) and his Apprentice (McGrath) on early Christian Christology (McGrath was one of Dunn’s doctoral students). McGrath and Dunn generally believe that… Read more

May 27, 2011

Todd Billings has a cool piece on The Promise of Catholic Calvinism. I can relate to this. I remember one time saying something in class about the Trinity and afterwards a student came up to me rather concerned and asked: “I didn’t think we believed all that Catholic stuff like the Trinity?” I was aghast and retorted, “Oh yes we do!”. I also remember a couple of people in a former church I attended being rather agitated by the fact… Read more

May 26, 2011

From Frederik Mulder’s blog Resurrection Hope (HT Chris Hays) I’ve learned of a forthcoming book by Markus Vinzent (who blogs here) called Christ’s Resurrection in Early Christianity and the Making of the New Testament. Mulder summaries Vinzent’s thesis as follows: In short, if I understood Vinzent correctly, he wants to argue that belief in the resurrection of Jesus was of no significance after Paul died, until the likes of Irenaeus and Tertullian challenged Marcion’s interpretation of the resurrection. Marcion is… Read more

May 25, 2011

Evangelicals are crucicentric. Like Paul they preach “Jesus Christ and him crucified” (1 Cor 2:2). David Bebbington noted that in the nineteenth interdenominational newspaper the The British Weekly the most frequently preached text was Gal 2:20, “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer life, but Christ lives in me. The life I life in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me”.[1] Worship music from Isaac… Read more

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