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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Sunday, 12 May 2019 13:56

CFP: LATC2020 on Pneumatology

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imageWe need some good papers on pneumatology.

In January 2020, the Los Angeles Theology Conference will take up the doctrine of the Holy Spirit, under the title “The Third Person of the Trinity.” We’ve already invited five plenary speakers to address this doctrine, and if you know...

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Tuesday, 30 April 2019 12:58

“Forgiveness by Sending” (H.S. Holland)

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I’ve been puzzling over a perplexing passage from Henry Scott Holland (1847-1918). Holland was an English theologian who did his best theologizing in sermons, especially in the preaching he did at St. Paul’s in London, where he was a canon. The passage that I’ve been puzzling over...

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Merciful Trinity by Sr. Caritas Müller, OP

Humans are not nothing. But fundamentally we are made from nothing, and deep down, we know it. At least some of us do.

Ruth Burrows knows that humans are poised between God and the nothing out of which we were made, the nothing that is always with us in...

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Tuesday, 23 April 2019 15:59

“His Life Rose With Him”

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imageHere is a helpful way of thinking about the relation between the life of Jesus  and the resurrection of Jesus. “His life rose with him.”

When Jesus rose from the dead, he not only came back to life, but also brought back with him the life that he had already lived. In addition to...

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Sunday, 07 April 2019 14:52

“The Creature in a Separated Sort”

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imageThis is a blog post about everything, but mainly about everything in relation to God.

I found a striking example of how the Christian confession of the distinction between the creator and the creature can be preached and applied. It’s Richard Baxter’s The Crucifying of the World by the...

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Monday, 01 April 2019 20:00

The Discipline of Discipline

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imageAs a scholar of monasticism and a Benedictine oblate one of my favorite parts of the sixth-century Rule of Benedictis Chapter 49 – “On the Observance of Lent.” Benedict writes, “the life of a monk ought to have about it at all times the character of a Lenten...

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Monday, 01 April 2019 12:00

Too Clever by Thirds

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imageThere are three kinds of people in the world: People who think everything can be broken down meaningfully into threes, and people who don’t. Plus some third kind of person, to make a total of three, which is my point. Please clap.

Which brings us to the truly brilliant Richard Baxter...

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Friday, 29 March 2019 02:51

Classical Theology: Triune God Course

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You’re probably aware that Biola’s Talbot School of Theology is starting an innovative new program, the M.A. Classical Theology. We are admitting students now, so if you are looking for a program that will take you to the heart of what theology is, take a look at it.

This M.A. is made up...

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Tuesday, 26 March 2019 06:22

God in Christ

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imageIn a sermon on Matt 3:17 (“This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well-pleased”), Ralph Erskine (1685–1752) expounds the thesis that “God was in Christ.” The main thrust of the sermon is that there is a great difference between how God can be encountered in Christ as...

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Tuesday, 19 March 2019 14:39

Not a Lot of Song-Writers But a Solitary Seer

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Homer & Moses by Raphael

Here is a great-books style argument for the unity of Genesis, from Robert Candlish’s 1868 book on Genesis. It turns on a comparison of Moses and Homer, but is mainly a matter of aesthetic perception of literary unity.

Moses, as it seems to me, has fared very much...

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Sunday, 17 March 2019 07:19

Immutable Mercy (Thomas Adams)

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imageThomas Adams (1583–1653) was a famous preacher, and no wonder. His sermons are so full of ideas and fresh expressions that they fill the mind to bursting. What follows are just some notes I took on a few pages of one sermon. The sermon is “Semper Idem, or The Immutable Mercy of Jesus...

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In the first couple of pages of Paul Blowers’ fine book Drama of the Divine Economy: Creator and Creation in Early Christian Theology and Piety, he explains something important about his subject. Reading early Christian theologians on the subject of creation, we find them doing too many...

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imageToday’s the release date for Matthew Barrett’s book, None Greater: The Undomesticated Attributes of God (Baker). Here’s the Amazon link, but do yourself a favor and look at the book’s home page on Baker Publishing’s site. I’m not necessarily saying...

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Monday, 04 March 2019 00:35

Benjamin Tucker Tanner

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In theological anthropology, some of the best witnesses to the nature of true humanity are those traditions which were forced to refute, in doctrine and in practice, the motivated denial of their own humanity. When African-American Christians, for example, found their footing and secured the kind...

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Sunday, 03 March 2019 08:05

Blessed Trinity (Kistemaker Lectures)

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imageI’ve been thinking about the doctrine of divine blessedness for several years, and in late February I got to gather my reflections on the subject for the 2019 Kistemaker Academic Lectures at Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando.

Here’s the slightly modified summary text about the...

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Friday, 01 March 2019 05:15

Theologica Issue on the Son of God

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imageMy good friend Matthew Owen is a philosopher with a lively interest in theology. Some time ago he invited me to co-edit with him a theme issue of the journal Theologica: An International Journal for Philosophy of Religion and Philosophical Theology. Matt and I have talked a lot over the...

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Tuesday, 19 February 2019 12:38

Praising the Triune God with Bavinck

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imageI messed up footnote number eight on page 27 of my 2016 book The Triune God.

It’s a little more interesting than it sounds.

In that section, I’m describing how the structure of trinitarian theology is like the structure of praise:

In the form of simple gratitude, praise may terminate...

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Thursday, 14 February 2019 08:10

Interior Life

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imageThe main point of Jean-Baptiste Chautard’s Soul of the Apostolate is that if you want to live an active life of Christian service, you need to attend seriously to your spiritual formation and relationship with God. (He says it in more 19th-century Trappist style, which I’ve summarized...

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Tuesday, 12 February 2019 02:39

“Gospel of the Happy God” (Knibb)

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imageIn First Timothy 1:11, Paul speaks of “the gospel of the glory of the blessed God.” There was a nineteenth-century pastor named William Knibb who paraphrased this passage as “the gospel of the happy God,” and, as Charles Spurgeon said in his own sermon on the text,...

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Thursday, 07 February 2019 13:41

Such a Thing as Conciliar Christology

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imageIn a couple of recent posts about Tim Pawl’s In Defense of Conciliar Christology, I began with some reflections on why it might be meaningful to speak of a single Christology of the early church. I thought I should also declare some of my own interest in that sort of project.

As a systematic...

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Wednesday, 06 February 2019 07:10

Coining the Term Christology

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In an article in the Historisches Wörterbuch der Philosophie, T. Mahlmann claims that the first use of the word christology occurs in Friedrich Balduin’s commentary on Paul’s letters. When I ran across this reference in a footnote about something else, I realized (a) I found...

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Monday, 04 February 2019 22:48

Defending the Idea of a Two-Natured Thing

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imageThe heart of Tim Pawl’s In Defense of Conciliar Christology is his attempt to solve what has been called the fundamental challenge. He states the objection several ways, but the book’s most elaborate statement of it is as follows:

Anything with two natures, one divine, and one human,...

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Monday, 04 February 2019 04:58

Conciliar Christology: The Very Idea!

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imageThere are several reasons why it might be both valuable and meaningful to speak of an identifiable, single Christology of the ecumenical councils of the ancient church. First let us consider why it might be valuable, and then why meaningful.

It might be valuable to speak of such a Christology in...

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Thursday, 31 January 2019 03:23

Torrey Honors

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Wednesday, 30 January 2019 10:19

Soul of the Apostolate (Chautard)

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imageHere’s a little book I picked up a few years ago and have found helpful: The Soul of the Apostolate by the Trappist abbot Jean-Baptiste Chautard (1858-1935). I’m reading it as an evangelical Protestant and commending its virtues from that point of view, but in case you can’t pick...

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