Essay / Theology

Trinity Episodes on White Horse Inn

I’m a guest on two recent episodes of the White Horse Inn, along with regulars Mike Horton, Kim Riddlebarger, and Rod Rosenbladt. The topic is the Trinity, and the two shows are in support of the latest issue of Modern Reformation magazine,  The Trinity Issue

Essay / Theology

Knowing the Names (Lesson 6: Matthew 1)

As the arrival of Christ draws nearer, all the names by which he is to be called really begin piling up. We first heard about him as the seed of the woman who would defeat the seed of the serpent. The prophet said he would

Essay / Theology

Annunciation Gap (Lesson 5: Luke 1)

Nobody knows what Mary was doing in her home in Nazareth when the angel Gabriel arrived there from God. Most painters who have made pictures of the scene have shown her reading the Bible or saying her prayers. A few show her at some household

Essay / Theology

Little Micah, Little Bethlehem (Lesson 4: Micah 5)

The book of Micah is a very small book, somewhere just past the middle of the Bible. It’s in there somewhere. It’s somewhere between Daniel and Malachi, between Amos and Zephaniah, between Obadiah and Habakkuk, between Jonah and Nahum. It’s down where the mighty stream of

Essay / Theology

Prophet and Apostle (Lesson 3: Isaiah 9)

The prophet says: The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; The evangelist answers: The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.   The prophet says: Those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness, on them

Essay / Theology

What God Called Abraham (Lesson 2: Genesis 12)

Father Abraham had many sons, eventually. But for most of his life all he had was his wife Sarah, and his loyal servant Eleazar, and a word of mouth promise from God. For the Lord said to Abram, “Go out, away from the familiarity of

Essay / Literature

Beginnings and Creations in the Magician’s Nephew

In October 2014, five of the faculty of the Torrey Honors Institute had a public discussion of C.S. Lewis’ The Magician’s Nephew as part of Biola’s annual University Day. There was a lovely audience there, but we barely let them get a word in. Did I

Essay / Theology

All the Wrong Questions (Lesson 1: Genesis 3)

In the beginning, there were two trees in the midst of the garden of Eden. There was the tree of life, and there was the tree of knowledge. They stood right there beside each other, and they obviously belonged together somehow; the LORD God put

Essay / Theology

Interrupted Preaching

Though I wouldn’t want to change its name, the Book of Acts is really a Book of Words, and a Book of Speeches to be more precise. The reason, as G.H.R. Horsley has pointed out, is that “the Preaching is itself the subject of Acts,”

Essay / Theology

Ezekiel, “Uncommon and Eccentric?”

Scottish pastor/theologian Patrick Fairbairn (1805 – 1874) wrote an interesting discursive commentary on Ezekiel called Ezekiel and the Book of his Prophecy: An Exposition (4th ed, 1876) that I’ve peeked into a bit recently. Fairbairn’s comments on the prophet’s own personality are interesting. When I was first

Essay / Theology

“The Lord Christ Was An Expositor”

The puritan William Greenhill (1591–1671) wrote An Exposition of the Prophet Ezekiel, an abundant commentary that runs to five volumes. As he was winding up to throw out the first pitch, he got excited thinking about the whole idea of writing an Exposition. So he started

Essay / Culture

“Something to Do With Something Else”

Before the camera shut off, the police officer who had put the lethal choke hold on Eric Garner looked directly into the lens and explained, “this wasn’t about the fight. This had something to do with something else.” It seems  he meant to obfuscate, but