Essay / Theology

Men After God’s Heart: Men’s Bible Conference 2016

Southern California friends, check this out: The Los Angeles Bible Training School is holding a conference for men on Jan 30 in Inglewood. I routinely call LABTS the best Bible Institute in Los Angeles, though I say that without meaning any disrespect to the numerous

Essay / Theology

LATC 2017: The Big Dogmatics

Breaking: The topic of the 2017 Los Angeles Theology Conference is Dogmatics, and the confirmed lineup of plenary speakers is as follows: Michael Allen Henri Blocher Katherine Sonderegger Scott Swain Kevin Vanhoozer John Webster The conference will be January 12-13 at Biola University. Save the

Essay / Theology

The Apprehensibility of the Incomprehensible God

In his classic book On the Study of Words, Richard Chenevix Trench describes some of the advantages that come from the English language’s wealth of synonyms and near-synonyms. As one of his examples, he notes the difference between the words ‘apprehend’ and ‘comprehend.’ And his

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“A Crisis of Docility”

Nicholas Lash, in his 1993 book Believing Three Ways in One God: A Reading of the Apostles’ Creed, eases into some doctrinal reflections on “the question of revelation” with these remarks: The legacy of the Enlightenment left us with what we might call a crisis

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“Every Shepherd Soul” and the Invisible Mission of the Son

The Christmas carols have a peculiar way of talking about the birth of Jesus. A number of them –especially the Victorian ones, though earlier examples exist– talk about Bethlehem here and now, making room in the inn of your heart, hearing the angel’s message of

Essay / Culture

Christmas Playlist 2015: Cambridge

It’s that time of year again: the Sanders family Christmas mixtape, which we’ve been making annually since they were actually mixtapes (’95?), is newly assembled and on heavy rotation. Last Christmas I put together a collection of grainy, monophonic Christmas music. This year, to save

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Theodicy of Woodworking: Hope in Change

I recently wrote about the theology of woodworking, giving a theological case for the joy we have in craftsmanship. Recently, however, I realized a rather grave omission on my part, which I would now like to remedy. In general terms, my omission had to do


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Roger Lundin (1949-2015)

I remember him larger than life. He was a big man—tall, solidly built, with a voice that boomed and the occasional flair for the dramatic. To this day, nearly twenty years later, the lasting image I have of Roger Lundin finds him crawling across the

Essay / Theology

Review of Atonement Theories: A Way Through the Maze, by Ben Pugh

Pugh, Ben. Atonement Theories: A Way through the Maze. Eugene: Cascade, 2014. Theology books serve different purposes: some offer cutting edge developments, others popularize such works. Some summarize the state of research, while others offer a critical and prophetic word. Ben Pugh’s Atonement Theories: A

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Olivuccio de Ceccarello’s Works of Mercy (Part 1)

Not much is known about the late fourteenth century painter named Olivuccio di Ceccarello. What is known is that he worked in Ancona, a seaside town on the central eastern coast of Italy, from at least 1388 and was probably born before 1366, dying ca.

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Pastoral Theologians Part 2: A Practical Theology

At the core of the Christian faith is the belief that God did not rest content with using any effective means to save us from our sin, and creation from its ruin. Rather, God made himself the means of our salvation. The same one who

Essay / Theology

Behold, One Poor Man Prays

What is this beautiful thing? It’s Augustine’s  commentary on Psalm 102. He composed it in the fifth century, but this is a Carolingian copy that was written out in the twelfth century, owned by Thomas Cranmer in the sixteenth century (behold his signature at the