Preach the gospel at all times; when necessary use words.

Supposedly Francis of Assisi said those famous words. Likely he didn’t, regardless, those word’s don’t mesh with Scripture’s understanding of BEING witnesses to the gospel. As Michael Gorman says: Witness-bearing calls for interpretation. “Walking little old ladies across the street” may be appropriate Christian behavior, but it does not lead to persecution. It only leadsContinue reading “Preach the gospel at all times; when necessary use words.”

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Kevin Vanhoozer on the Task of Preaching

What do we “do” as preachers? Are we giving people more information (biblical, practical, spiritual)? Are we giving them encouragement? Are we shaping their affections? Kevin Vanhoozer has a suggestion…. From The Drama of Doctrine: The ministry of the Word involves far more than ideas. Thanks to a host of postmodern prophets, we are moreContinue reading “Kevin Vanhoozer on the Task of Preaching”

The Task of Trinitarian Theology

Many books on the doctrine of the Trinity begin by decrying the state of Trinitarian theology. Many of these authors believe that the ever so important doctrine of the Trinity has been pushed off to the margins, with many Christians living as functional Unitarians, primarily because the doctrine seems so impractical. In an effort toContinue reading “The Task of Trinitarian Theology”

Vanhoozer on the 6 Marks of Evangelical Theology

Vanhoozer says that there are six marks of Evangelical theology. Personally I think there should be seven or maybe forty. Those are better numbers because they are “Biblical” but whatever, six works I guess…. All kidding aside what marks evangelical theology off as “evangelical.” Is it simply that it is done by people who callContinue reading “Vanhoozer on the 6 Marks of Evangelical Theology”

Justification is NOT the Gospel!

The doctrine of justification is itself not the gospel. The gospel is the message concerning what God has done through Christ to deal with the effects of human sin (cf. 1 Cor. 15:1-4) and to liberate humanity and the whole creation from the effects of sin (cf. [Rom] 8:19-24). Those who believe the gospel andContinue reading “Justification is NOT the Gospel!”

Thomas F. Torrance and the Problem of Universalism

If you have access to the Scottish Journal of Theology (probably through your school library) and are into T.F. Torrance then I recommend that you take a look at Paul Molnar’s article Thomas F. Torrance and the problem of universalism. You can find it in the May 2015 issue. Here’s the abstract: While Karl BarthContinue reading “Thomas F. Torrance and the Problem of Universalism”

The Johannine Prologue

Jey Kanagaraj says this about the Johannine prologue and how the gospel is encapsulated within it: The whole Gospel according to the prologue evolves around one theme: the revelation of the one God in his glory and his encounter with all human beings in the life and mission of Jesus, the pre-existent God-become-flesh, to foundContinue reading “The Johannine Prologue”

40 Questions about Christians and the Law – (Free Book)

Don’t miss out on this chance to expand your LOGOS Bible Software library for free. This month (July 2015) they are offering ‘40 Questions about Christians and Biblical Law’ by Thomas R. Schreiner (Kregel Academic, 2010). Order yours here: LINK. About The Book: This volume by Dr. Thomas R. Schreiner on the interplay between ChristianityContinue reading “40 Questions about Christians and the Law – (Free Book)”

Legalism and Law-Keeping

J.I. Packer on Legalism and keeping biblical law: No doubt ever appears about the universal applicability and authority of laws commanding and forbidding particular things… and John tell us ‘this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments.” In 1957… John Murray wrote: ‘It is symptomatic of a pattern of thought current inContinue reading “Legalism and Law-Keeping”

Music Monday – Of Want and Misery: The Nothing that Kills

This week I went back to listen to some of the music I used to listen to in high school. And boy did I find some gems. For instance, this song – – Of Want and Misery: The Nothing that Kills — by As Cities Burn from Son, I Loved You at Your Darkest album.Continue reading “Music Monday – Of Want and Misery: The Nothing that Kills”