Essay / Theology

Little Micah, Little Bethlehem (Lesson 4: Micah 5)

The book of Micah is a very small book, somewhere just past the middle of the Bible. It's in there somewhere. It’s somewhere between Daniel and Malachi, between Amos and Zephaniah, between Obadiah and Habakkuk, between Jonah and Nahum. It’s down…

Essay / Theology

Prophet and Apostle (Lesson 3: Isaiah 9)

The prophet says: The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; The evangelist answers: The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.   The prophet says: Those who dwelt in a land…

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Christmas Playlist 2014: Monophonic

So much Christmas music is an overproduced mess. This year for our annual Christmas mix we decided to cleanse the palate by finding a set of songs at the other end of the production spectrum. We've got buzzing, droning, hissing…

Essay / Theology

What God Called Abraham (Lesson 2: Genesis 12)

Father Abraham had many sons, eventually. But for most of his life all he had was his wife Sarah, and his loyal servant Eleazar, and a word of mouth promise from God. For the Lord said to Abram, “Go out,…

Essay / Literature

Beginnings and Creations in the Magician's Nephew

In October 2014, five of the faculty of the Torrey Honors Institute had a public discussion of C.S. Lewis' The Magician's Nephew as part of Biola's annual University Day. There was a lovely audience there, but we barely let them get…

Essay / Theology

All the Wrong Questions (Lesson 1: Genesis 3)

In the beginning, there were two trees in the midst of the garden of Eden. There was the tree of life, and there was the tree of knowledge. They stood right there beside each other, and they obviously belonged together…

Essay / Theology

Interrupted Preaching

Though I wouldn't want to change its name, the Book of Acts is really a Book of Words, and a Book of Speeches to be more precise. The reason, as G.H.R. Horsley has pointed out, is that "the Preaching is…

Essay / Theology

Ezekiel, "Uncommon and Eccentric?"

Scottish pastor/theologian Patrick Fairbairn (1805 – 1874) wrote an interesting discursive commentary on Ezekiel called Ezekiel and the Book of his Prophecy: An Exposition (4th ed, 1876) that I've peeked into a bit recently. Fairbairn's comments on the prophet's own personality are…

Essay / Theology

"The Lord Christ Was An Expositor"

The puritan William Greenhill (1591–1671) wrote An Exposition of the Prophet Ezekiel, an abundant commentary that runs to five volumes. As he was winding up to throw out the first pitch, he got excited thinking about the whole idea of writing…

Essay / Culture

"Something to Do With Something Else"

Before the camera shut off, the police officer who had put the lethal choke hold on Eric Garner looked directly into the lens and explained, "this wasn't about the fight. This had something to do with something else." It seems…

Essay / Theology

Saved by Word and Spirit: Bloesch on Salvation

Here's a link to an article I recently published on the doctrine of salvation in the theology of Donald Bloesch: Saved by Word and Spirit: The Shape of Soteriology in Donald Bloesch's Christian Foundations, in Midwestern Journal of Theology, Spring 2014 (13.1), 81-96.…