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

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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The post Torrey Honors appeared first on The Scriptorium Daily.

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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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Monday, 28 January 2019 21:00

And Then The Holy Spirit

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I noted recently that Michael Horton worked out an elaborate systematic theology before turning to give sustained attention to the doctrine of the Holy Spirit. I further noted that the relative lack of elaboration of pneumatology in his earlier works did not undermine them, while devoting focused...

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imageWhat happens when an accomplished and prolific theologian, who has not previously given extensive attention to the doctrine of the Holy Spirit, produces a substantive book on that doctrine? This was the situation when Michael Horton published Rediscovering the Holy Spirit.

In short, what happens is...

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Thursday, 24 January 2019 14:48

“A Step Back Every Now and Again” for the Spirit

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imageMichael Horton’s Rediscovering the Holy Spirit is a carefully-wrought work which re-organizes much of the material we expect to find in a doctrine of the Holy Spirit. In it, Horton connects some things that are too often bifurcated while distinguishing some things that are too often...

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Wednesday, 23 January 2019 14:21

The Doctrine of Humanity in Systematic Perspective

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For imagethe spring semester of 2019, I’ll be one of the resident fellows at the Carl F. H. Henry Center for Theological Understanding at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School near Chicago.

The Henry Center is undertaking a multi-year project about creation, and this year’s theme is...

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Monday, 21 January 2019 05:24

Augustine’s Early Triadic Riffing

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The final paragraph of Augustine’s On True Religion is a tight triple knot, a threefold cord triply cinched to make an amazing rhetorical conclusion about the unity of the Trinity and the threefoldness of salvation.

On True Religion is among Augustine’s early works; one of the last...

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Saturday, 19 January 2019 03:10

L.A. Theology Conference 2020: Pneumatology

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image Here is the first online public announcement of the theme and the speakers for the eighth annual Los Angeles Theology Conference on January 16-17, 2020.

We will be taking up the doctrine of the Holy Spirit, with a special focus on the role of pneumatology in the doctrine of God. Our five invited...

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