The Well-Trained Theologian
Essential Texts for Retrieving Classical Christian Theology
As students begin courses and prepare for seminars, as pastors are trained for the pulpit, they are not required to engage the wisdom of the ancient past firsthand or what many have labelled classical Christianity. Such chronological snobbery, as C. S. Lewis called it, is pervasive. Over the last several decades, evangelicalism’s lack of... Continue Reading
I’m Not Hateful, You Are
Judge me? You don’t even know me!
Across the great American political divide, the two warring tribes have made an identical judgment about the other—“I’m not hateful, you are.” Or, to put it even more precisely, “I may not hate you, but you hate me.” One of the first and most elementary things a young Christian learns in Sunday school is... Continue Reading
A Gasp of Pain, A Sigh of Relief
In God’s sovereignty, he has interrupted so many of our habits, both good and bad.
It is my sincere hope we will all think carefully about our church-based commitments before returning to all of them. I said in the early days of the pandemic that it isn’t often we get a do-over in life, but this situation has given us one. Doesn’t it make sense to take it? The... Continue Reading
Home, Church, and State—God’s Good Gifts and Satan’s Evil Attacks
We need a biblical analysis of what we are seeing, feeling, and experiencing together in this great national unrest.
As the world rises up in desperate rage against the police departments of our world in a broader sense, calling out for their defunding and in some cases abolishment, we are seeing the work of the great conspirator. Make no mistake, Satan’s aim is to ensure sin rules the day, and to remove any and... Continue Reading
Judas, John & Jesus
It is good to ask the question "Why did Iscariot betray Christ?"
Were God to withhold (common but especially) saving grace from us, remove the guard by which He shields our souls through faith, and retake or not bestow the regenerating and sanctifying Spirit that resists war-waging flesh, all of us would succumb to Satan like Judas. Introduction Of all the characters in Scripture, the most... Continue Reading
Small Decisions Matter: Discernment for Everyday Life
Who among us can walk in wisdom?
The distinctions we make between good and evil are paramount. Scripture pleads with us to be alert to these decision points. And then there are micro distinctions we must make between what is good and what is better, what is bad and what is worse. In the best of times, all of these decision points... Continue Reading
Beauty, Ethics and Worship
Both truth and goodness, lacking beauty, do not have the power to convince and save.
The significant exodus from Protestant Evangelicalism to Roman Catholicism and Eastern Orthodoxy in the last few decades is at least partly due to aesthetics: the perceived barrenness of beauty in the average Evangelical or low-church. Sometimes throwaway lines leave a deep impression. One of those were words written on a blog I avidly followed... Continue Reading
Is God Judging the World?
How the Book of Revelation Explains our Crises
Are all the troubles the world is currently facing punishments from above? The simple answer is yes . . . and no. Charles Spurgeon once quipped that “only fools and madmen are positive in their interpretation of the Apocalypse” (The Sword and the Trowel, October 1867). Perhaps you will bear with me in a little... Continue Reading
A Guidebook for the Coming Christological Civil War
Christology has lost its twofold basis.
Many Christians no longer affirm the key to classical Christology doctrine, namely, that the infinite, immutable, impassible one unites to finite, mutable, and passible humanity. Some Christians even affirm neo-apollinarianism. And rarely do churches proclaim Christology from the pulpit (at least in its more theological form). As we have debated the doctrine of Trinity... Continue Reading
What Do You Mean by Evil?
Also known as “the rock of atheism,” the problem of evil argument intends to show an internal contradiction between the nature of God and the story of reality.
There’s a reason why we all wrestle with this issue at one time or another. It’s because everyone experiences evil to some extent, and certainly everyone experiences suffering at some point in life. Keep that in mind for a minute. It was standing room only as people lined the back of the packed room.... Continue Reading