Essay / Theology

A “Frankly Utopian” Sketch of a Theological School

Tucked in at the end of John Webster’s 2003 book Holy Scripture: A Dogmatic Sketch, there’s a 28-page chapter about “Scripture, Theology, and the Theological School.” It’s Webster’s attempt to draw out the conclusions of his bibliology for theological education, and it’s full of stimulating

Essay / Theology

Yarnell: The Idiom of Biblical Trinitarianism

Malcolm Yarnell recently published God the Trinity: Biblical Portraits (B&H Academic, 2016). Yarnell, who is Research Professor of Systematic Theology at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, has previously written a fine study on The Formation of Christian Doctrine, among other things. I knew Malcolm had been

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The Sent God

One of the organizing principles in my forthcoming book The Triune God (Dec. 6; available now for pre-order) is divine sending. The idea of God sending God is fundamental to this whole scheme of presenting the doctrine of the Trinity, and is especially prominent in

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Some Kind of Canonical-Genetic Method

My book The Triune God (part of Zondervan’s New Studies in Dogmatics) is available for pre-order now and will officially be released in December. In this book, without claiming to be more biblical than thou, I do try to articulate the doctrine of the Trinity

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LATC17: Ten More Speakers

The 2017 Los Angeles Theology Conference (Jan 12-13 at Biola University), entitled “The Task of Dogmatics,” was already going to be a great conference: we have major presentations by Michael Allen, Henri Blocher, Katherine Sonderegger, Scott Swain, and Kevin Vanhoozer. This slate of plenary speakers,


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Adjusting the Soundtrack of the Atonement

When we think about the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, we often do so with an image or a set of biblical passages and categories in mind. Much like the score in a movie, those categories help us make sense of Jesus’ death. For

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Spacious Ironies of Translation

You have to really care about a book if you set out to translate it for the very purpose of arguing against it. There’s just no way to make a decent translation without getting your hands dirty, your mind filled with the original text, your

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Baptism JK LOL

If I baptize you, but I’m just kidding, are you baptized? What if both of us are children? What if it’s fake church for fun? What if I grow up and become a famous bishop? Medievalist Marcia Colish has spent a lot of time thinking

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Nicene and Quicunquan Styles

In brief presentations of the doctrine of the Trinity, we can observe two different styles. On the one hand is a kind of genetic style, which introduces the three persons in a salvation-historical framework, leading off with the Father, then adding the Son, and then

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Theologoumenal Gaskets

To speak accurately about the triune God, theology has to indicate that he is high and lifted up, inhabits eternity, and has Holy as a name; yet simultaneously to indicate that he is intimately present with the contrite and lowly. His eyes are too pure

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Cataphoric Understanding

First John is a fantastic mess of looping, swirling statements with little pointer-words just pointing all over the place. The pronouns are especially peculiar. One scholar (Von Wahlde) has said that “determining the antecedents of pronouns in the First Letter of John is a notorious

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That Good Word ‘Evangelical:’ Moribund or Dead

A guest post from a shrewd observer of current events: It is sad to witness the death of any worthy thing—even of a worthy word. And worthy words do die, like any other worthy thing—if we do not take good care of them. How many