Essay / Theology

Irrelevance & Relevance of the Trinity to the Christian Life

I was excited when Kyle Strobel and Kent Eilers invited me to write the Trinity chapter in their book Sanctified by Grace: A Theology of the Christian Life (Bloomsbury / T&T Clark, 2014), and I’m more excited now that the book is in print.  I

Essay / Theology

Sanctified by Grace: A Theology of the Christian Life

The doctrine of the Christian life –that is, a theological account of what it is to exist as a Christian– is a wonderful part of theology, but also one that is open to distortions in two directions. In one direction, the doctrine can become overly

Essay / Culture

Theology and California: The Book

I’m pleased to announce the publication of a strange, new book: Theology and California: Theological Refractions on California’s Culture (Ashgate, 2014), edited by Jason Sexton and me. It’s available in hardcover for your libraries, softcover with a gorgeous cover photo, and e-book for portability. As

Essay / Theology

Where to go to Church

It recently came to light that the inimitable Billy Graham said that if he could do it all over again, he would be “an evangelical Anglican.” Such a sentiment immediately caught the attention of evangelical Anglicans everywhere: we could have both J.I. Packer and Billy

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Essay / Theology

Wolfhart Pannenberg (1928-2014), Theological Outflanker

Wolfhart Pannenberg, retired from a long theology career at Munich, has died at age 85. Pannenberg was a major twentieth-century theologian by any count, with a series of brilliant articles, important books on the topics of revelation, christology, ethics, science, anthropology, and metaphysics, and a

Essay / Theology

Amateurs Needed for the School of Translators

Last year, four professors from Torrey gave brief talks on some of our favorite 20th-century Christian thinkers (Chesterton, Sayers, Tolkien, Lewis). Videos of the talks are here; the whole thing was pretty obviously an excuse to collaborate with Chris Mitchell on a project where he

Essay / Theology

One of Those Critters

Here is a link to some footage of Bob Warren, who died last week, doing his thing: teaching. This is vintage Bob –although in one sense this footage is not characteristic of him, in that he doesn’t have his Bible open and he’s not digging

Essay / Theology

“Grace motivates permanently, on all levels.” Bob Warren (1946-2014)

Bob Warren died this week, and I’m remembering the four years I spent studying the Bible with him in the late 1980s.  Bob was a Bible teacher in Hardin, Kentucky, just a few miles down the road from Murray State University, where I went to

Essay / Education

“The Intelligence Can Only be Led by Desire.” (Simone Weil)

I love to argue with Simone Weil (1909-1943)’s essay “Reflections on the Right Use of School Studies with a View to the Love of God.” Then again, I love to argue with Simone Weil. Her writings always have something in them that catches me and

Essay / Theology

Praying for You: A Summer Experiment

I love the mental and spiritual space that the academic summer can provide. Though, in some sense, I don’t have any less to do, having more unstructured time encourages me to experiment with different patterns of being. The summer feels like the perfect time to

Essay / Theology

Erasmus Milks Ephesians

Erasmus of Rotterdam taught the Renaissance world how to take a thought and expand it, expound it, extrapolate it into a fountain of new expressions and novel turns of phrase. His “abundant style” bore much fruit for the students who learned it from him. But the

Essay / Theology

9 Papers on Locating Atonement for Los Angeles Theology Conference 2015

Locating Atonement, the 2015 Los Angeles Theology Conference, will be held January 15-16 on the campus of Biola University. Convinced that “theories and models” is a tired way of talking about the theology of the atonement, a trope with some limited pedagogical usefulness but not