Essay / Theology

The Fullness That is in Christ, and Our Fullness in Him

We begin today the study of another of Paul’s wonderful letters to the churches. It was written at about the same time as the letter to the Ephesians and send by the same messenger, Tychicus (ch. 4:7, cf. Eph 6:21). It contains many of the

Essay / Theology

“Behold, This Dreamer Cometh:” Joseph Typology

“It sure seems that the story of Joseph is a typological foreshadowing of the life of Jesus,” mused Peter Leithart recently, and I have to agree.  It sure seems so! Leithart went on, in his post, to describe the kind of mental abstraction required to

Essay / Education

Davenant Latin Institute

The Davenant Trust, the organization that sponsors creative resourcement projects “to revitalize contemporary Reformed and evangelical discourse,” has launched a major new undertaking: the Davenant Latin Institute. Readers of the Scriptorium may remember Davenant for its sponsorship of The Future of Protestantism event at Biola.

Essay / Theology

Father & Son, with Verbs & Predicates

WGT Shedd’s discussion of the Trinity in his Dogmatic Theology (Gomes edition, of course!) is vigorous and pointed. Shedd drops a few locutions odd and angular enough to blanch a scholastic. Try this one: “Divine nature energizes internally from eternity to eternity in two distinct manners….”

Essay / Theology

Moule on the Incarnation (3)

More good stuff from HCG Moule’s Outlines of Chrisitan Doctrine. These bits are mainly on the incarnation, which cannot be considered except along with the atonement, for reasons on which Moule is luminously clear. Certain developments in nineteenth century theology had led to a kind

Essay / Theology

Persons Human & Divine (Ussher)

The discussion of personhood in James Ussher’s 1648 systematic theology (A Body of Divinity: The Sum and Substance of the Christian Religion) is brief, and interesting on several counts. Ussher divides the discussion into two parts: Persons in general, “and then what a Person in

Essay / Theology

The Economic Trinity is the Dispensational Trinity (for Bob Saucy)

Robert Saucy (1930-2015) taught systematic theology for 54 years at Biola University’s Talbot School of Theology. If you doubled Bob’s length of service, you’d have the number 108, which is one year older than Biola itself. Bob began teaching at Talbot in 1961, when the

Essay / Misc.

The Death of the Messiah and the Birth of the New Covenant (Book Review)

Michael Gorman’s new book, “The Death of the Messiah and the Birth of the New Covenant: A (Not So) New Model of the Atonement,” is a big-picture account of the work of Christ as a covenantal reality. The movement begins with the biblical interweaving of

Essay / Theology

“Everything Contrary to Right Reason is a Sin” (Clement)

Clement of Alexandria’s Paedagogus reads like a spiritual guidebook that crashed into a book of manners. If that doesn’t make sense to us, it might be because  we don’t see all of life’s domains jointed together, as Clement did. Virtue, for Clement, was precisely the

Essay / Theology

Christian Stoicism (Clement of Alexandria)

People who worry about the hellenization, or greekifying, of Christianity tend to worry about Platonism. But the interaction with Stoicism has been equally complex and interesting. Clement of Alexandria (ca 150-215)’s fascinating book Paedagogus is a great early example. The title is variously translated as Tutor,

Essay / Theology

Dedicated to a Whole Bunch of Propositions

Fivescore and seven years ago, our founding fathers brought forth in Los Angeles a Bible Institute. Here’s the 30-minute talk I gave in Biola chapel on Feb 25, 2015, Biola’s 107th anniversary. If you don’t know the Biola story, this is a short intro. It’s