December 20, 2018

Universalism, the view that all will be saved, is increasingly popular in the Church and academy. A blockbuster book has recently appeared that challenges universalism.   Dr Michael McClymond, historical theologian at St Louis University, penned this massive tome that, according to one observer, will be the go-to book on Christian eschatology for the next fifty years. Join me on the Via Media podcast as I interview Dr McClymond. Read more

December 19, 2018

Some of you remember our conference at Beeson with that title in September. Here is a 4-minute highlights video. David Virtue has presented another version of this, and has all the words typed out.   Read more

December 12, 2018

Once upon a time I was a supersessionist. Actually, I held to this way of thinking about Jewish Israel for much of my self-consciously theological life. What do I mean by this?  Let me explain the faith of a supersessionist. (more…) Read more

December 7, 2018

What can Anglicans and Baptists learn from one another?  I asked this of Timothy George, who is perhaps the most respected Baptist theologian in the world. Dr George is the founding dean of Beeson Divinity School.  After thirty years of leadership, he is stepping down this coming spring.  You will be blessed to hear him talk about Anglicanism from his perspective as a Baptist historical theologian with keen ecumenical interests. Listen here: #ViaMediaPodcast Read more

December 1, 2018

Pittsburgh Christian Studies (PGH CS) seeks an early- to mid-career academic theologian with entrepreneurial energy to serve as its full-time Associate Director (AD) in the Oakland area of Pittsburgh. The AD will foster intellectual community among undergraduate students, work with affiliated faculty to develop curricular and extra-curricular opportunities, and raise financial support for the program’s sustained growth. In unique circumstances, this position could be shared by qualified partners. As the only current full-time staff person, the AD will supervise day-to-day… Read more

November 29, 2018

Friends: Tune in to the latest edition of Mars Hill Audio, where host Ken Myers and I discuss the new edition of a great work by E.L. Mascall.  Mascall was an Anglican theologian in England mid-20th century.  I consider him to be the best Anglican theologian of the century. If you are not a subscriber to Mars Hill Audio, you need to be.  Myers is a former NPR producer for Morning Edition who is both Renaissance man and orthodox Christian.  Each month… Read more

November 11, 2018

Many years ago I happened upon a notebook that Jonathan Edwards (170-3-58) had kept throughout his life.  He titled the notebook “Images of Divine Things.”  In this notebook, now about eighty-five pages in print, Edwards jotted notes on the resemblances to the triune God and his ways that he saw in the world around him.   By “world” I mean not only nature but also what we call human relations.  I was immediately enthralled.  (more…) Read more

November 2, 2018

What should Christians think about the horrific synagogue shootings last week in Pittsburgh? Scripture and history tell us more than many Christians realize. Click here for my article at First Things. Read more

October 28, 2018

Friends: I have told you in posts from this past summer about my time in Jos, Nigeria, where I was caught up in the middle of the Muslim attacks on Christians. The man who turned out to be my guide in all this, and the one who introduced me to Muslim leaders there, was the Nigerian Anglican priest, Hassan John. I was so pleased that this past Friday the Wall Street Journal published his piece, “Boko Haram Put a Bounty on my… Read more

October 20, 2018

This past week I participated in a “Christ at the Checkpoint” conference in Oklahoma City.  About ten Palestinian and Anglo-American speakers (Stephen Sizer and Gary Burge are in the picture on the left and middle) decried the theology of Christian Zionism and the politics of Israel.  Joel Willitts and I were invited to offer counter-voices. My thesis was as follows: There is no reason why Christians cannot support legitimate Palestinian aspirations for justice and statehood and at the same time… Read more

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