Essay / Theology

The Difficult Art of Obscuring the Trinity (Reimarus)

Christians have long claimed that they got the doctrine of the Trinity from the Bible itself. While admitting that they had rendered the doctrine more explicit, and also admitting that they had crafted a set of non-biblical terms (like person,…

Essay / Theology

Christ the Mirror of Humility

Today is Palm Sunday and I am guessing that most churches, even the most non-liturgical, will be acknowledging it despite the fact that some folks are already posting invitations to their church’s Easter service on Facebook. A case of the…

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Essay / Theology

God's Choice of Me, Not My Choice of God

According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:    ~Ephesians 1:4 The reason why God has blessed believers in Christ with every…
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Essay / Art

Biola's Jesus Mural: How "The Word" Dwells Among Us

One of the first things you'll notice if you visit Biola University's campus is our Jesus Mural, "The Word." It's iconic for us, our evangelical counterpart to Notre Dame's "Touchdown Jesus." It's huge--27 feet tall--and all the more significant as…

Essay / Theology

Every Spiritual Blessing: From God, In Christ, By the Spirit

Blessed [be] the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly [places] in Christ:     ~Ephesians 1:3 After the opening greeting Paul here bursts into a glowing ascription of…

Essay / Theology

A Word for Good Friday Plus Easter

There's an old joke, "How do you say 'Happy Easter' in Russian?" Answer: "Christ is Risen." It's a good joke, because it shocks by re-intruding the religious content into a word (Easter) that does a good job sounding, to most…

Essay / Blog

Love: A Risky Business

The Catholic apologist and Bible translator, Ronald Knox, captured the heart of G.K. Chesterton and his importance when he observed that Chesterton “had the artist’s eye which could suddenly see in some quite familiar object a new value; he had…

Essay / Theology

Grace is the Foundation of Peace

Grace [be] to you, and peace, from God our Father, and [from] the Lord Jesus Christ. ~Ephesians 1:2 Paul prays that the saints in Ephesus may have two things: (1) “Grace,” i.e., loving favor, or unmerited favor; (2) “Peace” (i.e.,…

Essay / Theology

Metonymy & Good Listening

"It's the Bible that saves us!" Why do we talk that way? Actually, I know why. I recently heard a very good sermon about the Bible. It was based on Jesus' story about the rich man and Lazarus, where the…

Essay / Theology

Rolf Rendtorff (1925-2014)

Old Testament scholar Rolf Rendtorff died this week.  Rendtorff spent most of his career at the University of Heidelberg. He was a diligent scholar who was able to pursue the largest questions in his field without losing his grip on…

Essay / Theology

Christ Himself, The Whole Sphere of the Believer’s Life

Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, to the saints which are at Ephesus, and to the faithful in Christ Jesus:     ~Ephesians 1:1 We begin today the study of what is in some respects…