Essay / Theology

A "Frankly Utopian" Sketch of a Theological School

Tucked in at the end of John Webster's 2003 book Holy Scripture: A Dogmatic Sketch, there's a 28-page chapter about "Scripture, Theology, and the Theological School." It's Webster's attempt to draw out the conclusions of his bibliology for theological education,…

Essay / Theology

Yarnell: The Idiom of Biblical Trinitarianism

Malcolm Yarnell recently published God the Trinity: Biblical Portraits (B&H Academic, 2016). Yarnell, who is Research Professor of Systematic Theology at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, has previously written a fine study on The Formation of Christian Doctrine, among other things.…

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Essay / Theology

The Sent God

[caption id="attachment_29038" align="alignright" width="292"] Sending of the Son, from the Hours of Catherine of Cleves (ca 1450)[/caption] One of the organizing principles in my forthcoming book The Triune God (Dec. 6; available now for pre-order) is divine sending. The idea…

"How Does One Get In On This Divine Secret?" [video]

[caption id="attachment_29034" align="alignright" width="315"] Books Piled Everywhere, But On We Talk[/caption] The headquarters of Grace Communion International is here in Southern California, and I recently drove down and talked with them for a while. Mike Morrison interviewed me for their…

Essay / Theology

Some Kind of Canonical-Genetic Method

My book The Triune God (part of Zondervan's New Studies in Dogmatics) is available for pre-order now and will officially be released in December. In this book, without claiming to be more biblical than thou, I do try to articulate…

Essay / Theology

LATC17: Ten More Speakers

The 2017 Los Angeles Theology Conference (Jan 12-13 at Biola University), entitled "The Task of Dogmatics," was already going to be a great conference: we have major presentations by Michael Allen, Henri Blocher, Katherine Sonderegger, Scott Swain, and Kevin Vanhoozer.…
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Essay / Art

Adjusting the Soundtrack of the Atonement

When we think about the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, we often do so with an image or a set of biblical passages and categories in mind. Much like the score in a movie, those categories help us make…

Essay / Theology

Spacious Ironies of Translation

You have to really care about a book if you set out to translate it for the very purpose of arguing against it. There's just no way to make a decent translation without getting your hands dirty, your mind filled…

Essay / Theology

Baptism JK LOL

If I baptize you, but I'm just kidding, are you baptized? What if both of us are children? What if it's fake church for fun? What if I grow up and become a famous bishop? Medievalist Marcia Colish has spent…

Essay / Theology

Nicene and Quicunquan Styles

In brief presentations of the doctrine of the Trinity, we can observe two different styles. On the one hand is a kind of genetic style, which introduces the three persons in a salvation-historical framework, leading off with the Father, then…

Essay / Theology

Theologoumenal Gaskets

To speak accurately about the triune God, theology has to indicate that he is high and lifted up, inhabits eternity, and has Holy as a name; yet simultaneously to indicate that he is intimately present with the contrite and lowly.…