Spies in Canaan from 1440 Book of Hours of Catherine of Cleves
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.
Review of Anthony C. Thiselton’s A Shorter Guide to Holy Spirit
‘‘Shorter Guide’’ is a peculiar genre. Though it is on the same topic by the same author, this volume is an entirely new book rather than a condensed version of its predecessor.
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…
Spiritual Formation in the Trinity: A Review Essay of Donald Fairbairn’s Life in the Trinity
As I was rearranging some shelves recently, I was struck by the fact that my books on spiritual formation occupy a peculiar region. They live somewhere toward the end of the whole theological collection, after the…
Review of Carl L. Beckwith’s The Holy Trinity
To those on the outside of its institutions and traditions, Lutheranism can sometimes seem like a parallel universe. Even when Lutheran theologians are writing about doctrines with a common ecumenical status (and the Trinity is such…
The Table PodcastUnderstanding the Trinity
A 2017 conversation about the Trinity with Darrel Bock at Dallas Theological Seminary
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…
Classical Theism Makes a Comeback
In recent years, there has been a change in the way theologians talk the doctrine of God. One way to describe the change would be to say that classical theism has made a comeback. By “classical…
The Trinity and “The Shack”
In preparation for the release of the movie version of The Shack (2017), I did a live interview with Biola’s chapel program to explain what’s going on with its presentation of the Trinity.
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…
Biblical Grounding for the Christology of the Councils
When theologians take up the crucial catechetical task of teaching about Jesus Christ, what principle of ordering should they follow? Which sub-topics within this rich field should be taught first, which ones postponed until later, and under what overarching categories should they all be gathered? In this article, I would like to commend one particular organizational schema for introducing Christology to students, and then demonstrate the advantages of that schema by offering a brief example of its key points. The method I recommend is this: follow the leading ideas of the ecumenical councils of the early church and then support them with biblical argumentation. Conciliar Christology is thus the framework for teaching Christology, with biblical material brought in to fill it out.
Hearing VoicesThe Trinity in the Old Testament
This is a 2015 lecture for my students at the Torrey Honors College, introducing prosoponic exegesis and its implications for the doctrine of the Trinity.
The Theology of the Pastoral Epistles
A 2015 lecture exploring what is unique about I & II Timothy and Titus, especially focusing on how the theology leans into the ethics.
On the Doctrine of Divine Blessedness
A four-part series at Ref21 on the doctrine of divine blessedness, published in 2015
Biola in the American Evangelical Story
Douglas A. Sweeney’s The American Evangelical Story: A History of the Movementis a masterpiece of concise storytelling. In introducing the movement, Sweeney combines an insider’s sympathetic understanding with an objectivity and sense of perspective about what to report. The result is a short, readable book that can serve multiple audiences well. I am particularly interested in using Sweeney’s American Evangelical Storyto help new Biola faculty understand their own institutional heritage more fully. If Biola is going to equip and empower its faculty for the task of integration, one of the resources it should provide is a grasp of the school’s identity that is not just superficial.