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Hidden with Christ (Barth on Colossians 3:3)

Paul says in Colossians 3: So if you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth, for

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The Strong Uniqueness of the Incarnation

There’s nothing like the incarnation of the Son of God. The union of divine and human in Christ is unique; it is a strongly unique kind of union. In fact, it’s so strongly unique that there is a theological tradition of highlighting its uniqueness by

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Reading Barth with Kimlyn Bender

Kimlyn Bender has a fine new book out called Reading Karl Barth for the Church: A Guide and Companion. If you want to get the most out of reading Barth, but you don’t have a good teacher on hand or a class to sign up for,

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Barth’s Theological Exegesis

This new book caught my eye: Freedom under the Word: Karl Barth’s Theological Exegesis (Baker, 2019). Let me just admit that the first reason is personal: It’s got essays by three of my theology friends who are alum of the Torrey Honors Institute. Ben Rhodes

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CFP: LATC2020 on Pneumatology

We need some good papers on pneumatology. In January 2020, the Los Angeles Theology Conference will take up the doctrine of the Holy Spirit, under the title “The Third Person of the Trinity.” We’ve already invited five plenary speakers to address this doctrine, and if

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“Forgiveness by Sending” (H.S. Holland)

I’ve been puzzling over a perplexing passage from Henry Scott Holland (1847-1918). Holland was an English theologian who did his best theologizing in sermons, especially in the preaching he did at St. Paul’s in London, where he was a canon. The passage that I’ve been

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Ruth Burrows: Our Nothingness as a Gateway to the Trinity

Humans are not nothing. But fundamentally we are made from nothing, and deep down, we know it. At least some of us do. Ruth Burrows knows that humans are poised between God and the nothing out of which we were made, the nothing that is

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“His Life Rose With Him”

Here is a helpful way of thinking about the relation between the life of Jesus  and the resurrection of Jesus. “His life rose with him.” When Jesus rose from the dead, he not only came back to life, but also brought back with him the

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“The Creature in a Separated Sort”

This is a blog post about everything, but mainly about everything in relation to God. I found a striking example of how the Christian confession of the distinction between the creator and the creature can be preached and applied. It’s Richard Baxter’s The Crucifying of

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The Discipline of Discipline

As a scholar of monasticism and a Benedictine oblate one of my favorite parts of the sixth-century Rule of Benedict is Chapter 49 – “On the Observance of Lent.” Benedict writes, “the life of a monk ought to have about it at all times the

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Too Clever by Thirds

There are three kinds of people in the world: People who think everything can be broken down meaningfully into threes, and people who don’t. Plus some third kind of person, to make a total of three, which is my point. Please clap. Which brings us

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Classical Theology: Triune God Course

You’re probably aware that Biola’s Talbot School of Theology is starting an innovative new program, the M.A. Classical Theology. We are admitting students now, so if you are looking for a program that will take you to the heart of what theology is, take a