Trauma and the Trinitarian "God of All Comfort" (Review)

In the latest issue of the Journal of Spiritual Formation and Soul Care, I co-authored a book review with Chris Gibson, a PhD student at Gateway Seminary. Chris and I have been working on the doctrine of divine impassibility and…

Essay / Theology

Classical Theology Thesis

One year ago, Talbot School of Theology launched the Classical Theology Master of Arts. We've had a great first year: the right students, great collegiality, and a series of fascinating courses on Scripture (Sacred Page), great theologians (Master Practitioners), and…

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Biblia Pauperum (Ascension)

There's a particular type of late medieval document that we call a Biblia Pauperum. We call it that because at some point in the nineteenth century scholars started calling it that, but "Bible of the Poor" is not very descriptive:…

The Joy of Psalmtooning

Psalmtooning? Well, I haven't heard that word in about ten years. But I made it up, and I used to do it all the time back when my kids were little. Psalmtooning is a form of Bible study that encourages…

Why It's Hard to Trace "Trajectories and Continuities" (Muller)

In Richard Muller's volume on the doctrine of God (vol. 3 of his Post-Reformation Reformed Dogmatics series), he sets himself the task of reconnecting some broken links in the history of theology, links without which the doctrine of God cannot…

Essay / Theology

A Welcome to the Plague (Samuel Shaw)

The 2020 pandemic almost immediately brought out of obscurity a substantial library of historical Christian writing on plagues and mass illnesses. Lots of writing that we might call "plague spirituality" has been sitting on the shelves of the church, just…

How It's Supposed to End

When you make a plan to kill a public person, the kind of public person who is animated by a powerful inner force, you'd better make sure to kill him. But even if you succeed there's that powerful inner force…

Essay / Theology

Godforsaken For Us

Golgotha (detail), Verna Smith, pen & ink on handmade paper Jesus calls out from the cross: "Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?" that is, "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?" (Mark 15:34). Strong words of weakness. The very first…

Essay / Theology

Biola and the Flu, 1919

A few notes here on how the Bible Institute of Los Angeles experienced the devastating influenza pandemic (the "Spanish Flu") one hundred years ago. Gleaned from online back issues of Biola's classic old King's Business magazine. Because the King's Business…

Essay / Theology

Praying (Hard) Theology: Litany of the Summa

Imagine studying the doctrinal theology of Thomas Aquinas and then turning it, in considerable detail, into praise.That's what sixteenth-century Jesuit Francis Borgia did. He wrote a book which is basically key sections of the Summa Theologia cast into the form…

Essay / Theology

Chester, Delighting in the Trinity

Here is an old book review of an older book: Tim Chester's Delighting in the Trinity: Why Father, Son, and Spirit are Good News came out back in 2005. When it was re-released in 2010, a popular website asked me…