LATC 2017: Dogmatics & Systematic Theology – Scott Swain

Here are some notes on Scott Swain’s plenary lecture at LATC 2017…. Introduction Bavinck: Dogmatic Theology is the knowledge God has revealed in his word to the church about the world and creatures as they stand in relation to him. Dogmatics exists because of the gospel of the glory of the blessed God. Some concernsContinue reading “LATC 2017: Dogmatics & Systematic Theology – Scott Swain”

LATC 2017 – Knowledge Puffs Up, But Love Builds Up

Some notes on Chris Tilling’s break out session at LATC 2017… 1 Corinthians 8:1-7 Contains the epistemological issue Paul creates the contrast that structures what follows Knowledge puffs up, love builds up Knowledge as possession puffs up, he is not anti-intellectual. He is against a particular way of knowing. Paul articulates a relational/covenantal way ofContinue reading “LATC 2017 – Knowledge Puffs Up, But Love Builds Up”

LATC 2017: Can I Get a Witness? Analytics, Poetics, and the Mission of Dogmatics – Kevin Vanhoozer

  Here are some lecture notes from Kevin Vanhoozer’s plenary session at LATC 2017 A-Introduction – the discourse of dogmatics: saying what is “in Christ” Who God is and what God is doing – “in Christ” For most of the 20th century Dogmatics is in the doghouse Which comes first in dogmatics? A experience, community,Continue reading “LATC 2017: Can I Get a Witness? Analytics, Poetics, and the Mission of Dogmatics – Kevin Vanhoozer”

Pannenberg on History and Truth for Method

Having given a brief overview of Chapter 1 of ST1 I would now like to highlight two key themes in this section of Pannenberg’s work. These two themes also play a key role in the rest of ST1. These themes are 1) truth and 2) history. History First regarding the theme of “history.” In theContinue reading “Pannenberg on History and Truth for Method”

Wolfhart Pannenberg’s Theological Method

Earlier this year I spent two weeks in a Christian university Uganda, I saw these students work through some questions like: “What is theology?” “What role should the Bible play in our doctrinal formulations?” “How can the church be a faithful witness to Christ in the world?” Although Pannenberg was far from the minds ofContinue reading “Wolfhart Pannenberg’s Theological Method”

Sanctified by Grace – Book Review

Last week, as a part of a blog tour, I began a series of blogs on Kent Eiler and Kyle Strobel’s 2014 book – Sanctified by Grace. Today I “officially” wrap things up with my review of the book! (Though I will still be writing about some of the essays in this book in theContinue reading “Sanctified by Grace – Book Review”

Atonement – Los Angeles Theology Conference 2015

The 2015 Los Angeles Theology Conference will be held this upcoming Thursday and Friday at Biola University. The theme of LATC will be the doctrine of atonement. Here is how the organizers describe the conference: We are inviting theologians who can situate the doctrine of the atonement in its larger systematic theological context, show itsContinue reading “Atonement – Los Angeles Theology Conference 2015”

“Only Two Things are Needed” – The Dogmatic Theology of Karl Barth

How does one go about doing theology? What sort of tools are needed? A bible, some books, a library, maybe a good search engine like google or Wikipedia (just joking there). Karl Barth gives us an answer to this question – What do you need to do theology? According to Barth, dogmatic theology is aContinue reading ““Only Two Things are Needed” – The Dogmatic Theology of Karl Barth”

A Dose of Theology – Hamartology

Hamartology The theological study of sin. Hamartology concerns itself with the understanding, origin, nature, and consequences of sin. Also it studies the way in which sin is transmitted across the human race. Used in a sentence: If you are studying the fall of man in Genesis 3, you are doing hamartology.