But even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, you are blessed. And do not fear their intimidation, and do not be troubled, but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you yet with gentleness and reverence; and keep a good conscience so that in the thing in which you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ will be put to shame.  1 Peter 3: 14-16

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Saturday, 09 September 2017 08:49

3 Favorite Robert Jenson Moments

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image Theologian Robert W. Jenson died this week, after a very productive life of writing theology. His contributions to the field are numerous and wide-ranging, and yet his life-work had a remarkable coherence and focus. There’s an identifiable set of Jenson proposals out there to be dealt with...

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Monday, 28 August 2017 18:27

Rereading Ephesians

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imageI’m teaching Ephesians this semester at the Los Angeles Bible Training School, which I continue to call the best Bible Institute in Los Angeles. Well over a half century of urban ministry centered on the Bible, and the courses are free.

Whenever possible in any context, I teach the Bible using...

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Sunday, 27 August 2017 15:08

Karl Barth’s Ephesians Lectures

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imageWay back in 1921, Karl Barth taught a course on Ephesians. The lectures from that course have finally been published in English, and while they have some of the defects that are to be expected from a lecture script that the author never revised for publication, they do not disappoint. This short...

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Thursday, 24 August 2017 15:30

The Other Barth

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image It’s possible I’m the only systematic theologian in the world who was a big fan of Markus Barth before I even knew Karl Barth existed. True story, and it’s because of Ephesians.

I got saved in high school and then went to a state university to study drawing. I was more or less on...

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Tuesday, 22 August 2017 16:27

Let’s Proceed, I Reckon

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image The title caught my eye: “Processions, Human and Divine.” I am very (very!) interested in divine processions: the eternal generation of the Son and the procession of the Holy Spirit. Knowledge of these two processions is knowledge of the Trinity. But what are these “human...

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Monday, 21 August 2017 17:14

Readings in Luther and Calvin

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October 2017 marks the 500th anniversary of the Reformation’s symbolic beginning: Luther’s posting of his 95 theses on the door of the Wittenberg castle church.

To celebrate, three Torrey theologians are co-teaching an upper-division elective seminar on the Reformation. Matt Jenson, Greg...

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Sunday, 20 August 2017 17:30

Trinity and Atonement Essay

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imageAdam Johnson’sT&T Clark Companion to Atonement has just dropped like the hundred-plus chapter, hundred-plus dollar behemoth that it is. More on that later.

For now I’m just posting an excerpt from the chapter I wrote for it, entitled “These Three Atone: Trinity and...

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Tuesday, 15 August 2017 17:29

Save Us, Sententious Johnson

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image One of the amazing things about Samuel Johnson’s writing style is his ability to reduce any idea to an aphorism, a fresh little proverb that arises perfectly from the situation in front of him but reaches up to the heaven of abstraction.

Just about any page of Johnson will serve to illustrate...

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image What I love in theology is the big picture, the long lines of continuity. Whenever I read, I’m always looking for the unifying perspective that arises when a theologian finds an angle from which to behold the overarching unity that lets all the details settle into place.

What I dread most in...

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Monday, 14 August 2017 07:39

The Prayer and the Cry (Luther on Psalm 102)

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image The first line of Psalm 102 asks God the same thing twice: “Hear my prayer, O Lord, and let my cry come unto thee.”

Or does it? Martin Luther, commenting on the psalm, takes the two requests as really distinct from each other: on the one hand there’s a prayer, and on the other...

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Friday, 11 August 2017 03:56

Online Course for The Triune God

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If you’d like to take a class with me on the doctrine of the Trinity, you don’t have many options. I teach in a small program for undergrads only, and they get most of my teaching time. So my classroom presence is pretty limited to Torrey Honors students.

[record scratch noise] UNTIL NOW!...

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Tuesday, 08 August 2017 15:04

The Ideal in Pride and Prejudice (Common Room)

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Check out this conversation on a Jane Austen novel: it’s a chat among two philosophers and an Old Testament prof, so it gets philosophical and theological (Aristotle and Proverbs are both invoked). But it’s also powerfully good reflection on a book that all three participants obviously...

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Tuesday, 08 August 2017 07:51

E.J. Pace’s Cartoons and Theology Graphics

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image The breaking news part of this post is that Biola library’s Christian Comics Collection, already the deepest archive of its kind, has recently acquired a large set of comics by cartoonist Ernest James Pace (1880-1946).

This is important because Pace was an early pioneer of Christian...

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Monday, 07 August 2017 08:30

Carl Beckwith on The Holy Trinity

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(The Holy Trinity is not 3 Lutherans, you jokers. That happens to be the series cover.)

My review of Carl Beckwith‘s 2016 book The Holy Trinity just appeared in the July 2017 issue of The International Journal of Systematic Theology.

It is a fantastic book, and I wanted to blog about it...

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Sunday, 25 June 2017 17:05

Thoughts While Reading Chalmers

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image The command to do good, and to be good, sounds very deep and powerful. It vibrates with all the seriousness of a divine voice of command. Whenever I see it turning the heads and hearts of young people, I regard it with a kind of veneration: what a miracle to see young people fall in love with...

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image Sometimes the doctrine of the Trinity is presented as if it is the solution to the problems that would surface in mere (unipersonal) monotheism.

A merely unipersonal deity, it is said, could not be love, and therefore only on the grounds of Trinitarian revelation could the message that God is love...

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image Last summer (pretty much exactly one year ago) there was a mostly-online discussion of the doctrine of the Trinity in evangelical circles. It was a fast-moving, multi-platform scuffle on many fronts. There was a lot of heat, and also a lot of light, and several exceptionally good blog posts...

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Monday, 29 May 2017 04:09

Frederick Manning Sanders (1918-1945)

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image On Memorial Day, I just spent a few minutes scratching together some information on my paternal grandfather, who was the first Fred Sanders in my family line. There are four of us in the series, but all with different middle names.

I have a few photos of him in an album somewhere, but of course...

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Saturday, 27 May 2017 15:29

Onenesss Pentecostalism Article in Spanish

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image In 2006 I wrote an analysis of the movement known as Oneness Pentecostalism (sometimes called Apostolic or Jesus-Only), a form of non-Trinitarian teaching about Jesus. I wrote that article, and made it freely available on the web, because I consider Oneness teaching to be a serious error which I...

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Tuesday, 23 May 2017 14:38

I Will Set You Straight

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Everything you think you know about the Trinity is wrong. It’s been wrong for a long, long time; centuries, actually. But what I am about to tell you will set you straight once and for all. I will show you mysteries you have not known. And by the time I’m done, you will finally...

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Monday, 01 May 2017 16:24

So Send I You

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image At the end of John’s Gospel, the risen Christ says to the disciples: “As the Father has sent me, even so I am sending you.”

It’s such a stark statement that, when I get to preach on this text, I usually spend about half the sermon explaining what Jesus didn’t mean by...

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Monday, 24 April 2017 17:11

“Why So Much Preaching Is Lost Among Us”

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image The Puritan Isaac Ambrose (1604-1664) wrote a large book called Looking Unto Jesus. If I call it a devotional book, you’ll simply need to upgrade your notion of what a devotional book could be, or the condition to which all devotional books should aspire. Ambrose wrote it with the design of...

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Wednesday, 19 April 2017 04:17

A Few Writing Tips

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image Some tips on writing that I posted on a friend’s blog back in 2010, but which have gone missing from the internet since then. Lightly revised and updated, they still represent my best advice about the craft of writing.

1. Read for craft. Once you’ve got it in your head that you want to...

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Tuesday, 18 April 2017 04:17

Dennis Kinlaw and Christ-Like Love

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Last week during Holy Week, God called home one of his followers, Dennis Kinlaw (June 26, 1922—Monday, April 10). (Read the announcement here.) During the 1970’s and 80’s, Dr. Kinlaw served as the president of Asbury College,  a Christian liberal arts school with roots in the...

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Monday, 17 April 2017 15:46

The Triune God: A Video Study

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image If you’d like to hear –nay, see— my lectures on The Triune God (Zondervan, 2016), then here’s some good news: we recorded them.

Professionally produced, the brand new Video Study (also called The Triune God) features 2 hours and 35 minutes of me talking through the material...

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