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The Whole Trinity in the Whole BibleResponse to Peter Leithart's "Triune Creator"

It is with eagerness and delight that Christian readers turn their attention to the triune God’s self-revelation in Scripture. We take in the whole book from the beginning to the end, and rise from our reading…

Follow the Trinity by Following ChristDiscipleship in a Trinitarian Key

There is no more straightforward way of describing the Christian life than to call it discipleship. Being a disciple of Jesus Christ is the core, the focus, and the form of what it means to be…

We Need the Soul-Stirring of John Wesley

Is anybody listening to the voice of John Wesley anymore? Of course Wesley is still famous enough, with a name widely recognized more than two centuries after his death. He has fame, fans, and followers. There…

Permanent Self-Hallowing and the Processional Life of GodFrom a Symposium on Sonderegger's ST II

Katherine Sonderegger freely admits that in her Systematic Theology, Volume 2 she has written “an unfamiliar, perhaps odd book on the Holy Trinity” (p. xxix). It is also a masterpiece, a sustained virtuoso performance at the highest level of…

Forever and Always the SonWhy We Treasure Eternal Generation

Good theology is an invitation to look deeper into the things we believe. When it comes to the most important doctrines, we have the advantage of a rich history of carefully crafted creeds and confessions to help us along the way. For example, we believe that God the Son is “eternally begotten, not made, without beginning, being of one essence with the Father.” What is eternal generation and how important is it?

Whatever Happened to Jokes? The Comedy of the Situation

If I had to make a case on behalf of the sitcom, I would offer the following defense: As formats for humor go, the sitcom is the format that makes itself most at home in the…

Phillip E. Johnson, Who Put Darwin on Trial, Dies at 79

An obituary at The Gospel Coalition for my friend Phillip Johnson

5 Myths About the Trinity

Myth #1: It’s only for theology experts. The doctrine of the Trinity is for everybody who is saved by Jesus. Or, to say that just a little more elaborately, it’s for everybody who has been drawn…

Something Better Than the Gospel

There is something even better than the good news, and that something is God. The good news of the gospel is that God has opened up the dynamics of his triune life and given us a…

Why the Reformation Should Make You More catholic

On the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, an article for The Gospel Coalition about how being Protestant is a way to be more universal, that is, catholic in the true sense.

3 Reasons to Make Systematic Theology Part of Your Bible Study

“Oh dear,” he muttered, his features rearranging themselves into a mask of poorly-concealed dismay. All I had said, in response to him asking what subject I taught, was “systematic theology.” But those two words, those eight…

10 Things You Should Know About the Trinity

1. The Trinity is something God wants us to know. If you believe the Bible reveals that God is Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, then you ought to believe that God made this known because he…

Making Christology Safe for ChristologyJohn Webster’s “Christology, Theology, Economy”

Whenever John Webster published one of his essays, it seemed you could hear from certain sectors of the theological academy the sound of theologians dropping everything. They wanted—we wanted—to make sure our hands were free so we…

Why I Don’t Flow with Richard Rohr

A review of Richard Rohr’s book on the Trinity. I don’t “go negative” very often, but I really wanted to intercept this book’s false teaching, and The Gospel Coalition was a good place to do it.

The Terrible, Wonderful Simplicity of God

“The faith of a devil!” When John Wesley preached about saving faith, one of the ways he distinguished it from the non-saving kind was with this bold paraphrase of James 2:19. That passage says “You believe…

On the Doctrine of Divine Blessedness

A four-part series at Ref21 on the doctrine of divine blessedness, published in 2015

The Promise and Prospects of Retrieval: Recent Developments in Trinitarian Theology

A brief account of how the movement of theological retrieval has affected contemporary trinitarian theology, circa 2014, for the Zondervan Academic Blog

Pagan Propitiation vs Biblical Propitiation

“Propitiation” is one of those five-syllable theological words that tend to break up polite parties. But it’s also a word that’s well worth the work of understanding, because whether we know it or not, all of us are walking around working on some sort of plan for propitiation. The big question is whether our plan is a Christian one. The Ancient Meaning Here’s what I mean: Propitiation is an ancient word, which we as Christians have in common with other world religions. To propitiate a god is to offer a sacrifice that turns aside the god’s wrath. Anyone who believes in a god knows that they need some way to stay on the friendly side of that god. So they give gifts to the god, or serve in the temple, or give alms. And if the god is angry with them, they pay a…