Essay / Theology

Christmas is a Time for Family

Like most people I know, I have some very special Christmas memories, and many of them revolve around presents: the treasure-hunt gift that culminated in my first basketball, wrapped and hidden in a garbage can, or the tiny little present…

Essay / Theology

Absolute and Relative Regarding God

This post is just me preemptively sorting out some terminological confusion in academic trinitarian theology, so if you read it and then find yourself asking, "who cares?" you can't say I didn't warn you. The answer is, "seven people care."…

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Essay / Theology

Angels Speaking Creation Maybe

So I was in church and we were singing that nineteenth-century hymn "Angels from the Realms of Glory" and that one line "you who sang creation's story now proclaim Messiah's birth" got me thinking about how I've sometimes wondered who…

Essay / Theology

The Triune God: Book Release Today

Today is the official release date of my book, The Triune God, in Zondervan's ambitious New Studies in Dogmatics series edited by Allen and Swain. Its cover has a nice, minty green color that will look good under your favorite theologian's…

Essay / Theology

Gift and Giver

In The Dialogue of Catherine of Siena (1347-1380), she describes how God deals with the widespread human tendency to take good things from God and then forget him. "Those whose love is imperfect," she reports God as saying, "who love…

Essay / Culture

The Virtue of Tolerance

A virtue, in order to live up to its lofty title, must contain within itself its own proper resources for opposing the vice unique to it. As Aristotle taught us, virtues rarely travel alone; typically they wander the streets accompanied…

Essay / Culture

A Charge to Maintain Liberal Arts

A few weeks ago Biola had the delight of installing our new Provost and Senior Vice President, Dr. Deborah Taylor. Part of the installation involved a series of charges from faculty who had been invited to articulate some of the…

Essay / Theology

Dogmatics Class for LATC17

In mid-January of 2017, the Los Angeles Theology Conference will bring a remarkable group of theologians to Biola University for a two-day discussion of "The Task of Dogmatics." (Register before the end of November for the early registration discount.) Theology…

Essay / Theology

Helpful Resources from Classical Trinitarianism

The theme for the annual meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society this year is the Trinity, so you can imagine how many sessions there are that I'm eager to attend. There's also an ongoing Trinitarian Theology Consultation at ETS, which…

Essay / Theology

"Preserving, of Course, the Properties of Each" (Beckwith)

There's an ancient rule for talking about the triune God's action in the world: the outward works of the Trinity are undivided (opera Trinitatis ad extra indivisa sunt). It's an important guideline that delivers you from thinking about three divine agents…

Essay / Theology

Voice of God, Text of Scripture

Today is the official release of the new book that Oliver Crisp and I edited, The Voice of God in the Text of Scripture: Explorations in Constructive Dogmatics (Zondervan, 2016). This book contains selected papers from the 2016 Los Angeles Theology…