Essay / Theology

Virtue Lists in the Shadow of the Cross

This will be weak, even for a blog post, but I wanted to jot down three questions that are lingering in my mind after about six months of reading and teaching the pastoral epistles. I find all three questions mildly…

Essay / Theology

HCG Moule on Atonement

Here are a few more selections from the interesting little one-volume theology, Outlines of Christian Doctrine by H.C.G. Moule. When he begins discussing atonement, Moule quotes, without naming, some earlier thinker: It has been well said that Creation, relatively to…

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Essay / Theology

Good Works, Class of 2015

A prayer for the 2015 graduates of the Torrey Honors Institute, from the commencement service last week: Father, we rejoice with these students in the hard work they have done in Torrey, and we present them to you as exhibits…

Essay / Theology

Internal Actions of the Trinity

Why have theologians in the classic tradition of trinitarian doctrine found it easy to confess that the external actions of the Trinity are undivided? One reason is that they started from a clear confession that the internal actions of the…

Essay / Theology

"Regard this Teaching with Complacency:" Webster on Creation

John Webster has been writing about the doctrine of creation recently, here an essay and there an essay. Much of this work will be gathered in God Without Measure, vol. 1, which should appear in hardcover early this summer and will…

Essay / Theology

Call for Papers: LATC 2016, The Voice of God in the Text of Scripture

Starting today and running through July 17 there is an open call for papers for the 2016 Los Angeles Theology Conference. The conference this year (to be held in mid January at Fuller Seminary) has the title "The Voice of…

Essay / Theology

The Whole Trinity Worked the Incarnation of the Son

"The external works of the Trinity are undivided," says a classic principle of trinitarian theology. Whatever God does outside of the divine essence, the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit do as the one divine causal agent. This is great news…

Essay / Art

Christ’s Death and the Fate of Western Lowland Gorillas

Paul Fryer’s striking art installation is a beautiful and realistic work… of a crucified gorilla. At first one might think his “Privilege of Dominion” is little more than a parody of the Christian faith, a repetition of ancient graffiti portraying…

Essay / Theology

Things Eternal: Sonship, Generation, Generatedness

There are several different things going on at the same time in the new book One God in Three Persons: Unity of Essence, Distinction of Persons, Implications for Life, (Crossway, 2015) edited by Bruce Ware and John Starke. It's got…

Essay / Theology

Favorite Pastorals Commentaries

I'm cleaning off my desk from another semester of teaching at Los Angeles Bible Training School (the best Bible Institute in Los Angeles), putting some books back on the shelf and returning others to the library. Here are some quick…

Essay / Culture

Watch "The Cost of Freedom"

The video for "The Cost of Freedom" event is now available. Cornel West and Robert George joined Rick Warren at Biola University for a discussion about disagreement, common ground, and justice. West and George are good friends, yet disagree on important…