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The Doctrine of Humanity in Systematic Perspective

  For the spring semester of 2019, I’ll be one of the resident fellows at the Carl F. H. Henry Center for Theological Understanding at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School near Chicago. The Henry Center is undertaking a multi-year project about creation, and this year’s theme

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Augustine’s Early Triadic Riffing

The final paragraph of Augustine’s On True Religion is a tight triple knot, a threefold cord triply cinched to make an amazing rhetorical conclusion about the unity of the Trinity and the threefoldness of salvation. On True Religion is among Augustine’s early works; one of

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L.A. Theology Conference 2020: Pneumatology

Here is the first online public announcement of the theme and the speakers for the eighth annual Los Angeles Theology Conference on January 16-17, 2020. We will be taking up the doctrine of the Holy Spirit, with a special focus on the role of pneumatology

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Ancient African Christianity Lecture

Christianity came to Africa early. By the year 170, when we’ve got definite documentary evidence of it, it’s already well established. Furthermore, as Dr. David Wilhite argues, “the early African Christians were Africans.” It doesn’t exactly sound controversial, but you’d be surprised. As Wilhite shares in the

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Tertullian the African and Tertullian the Roman

For years we’ve read Tertullian’s classic second-century Apology in the Torrey Honors Institute, and I’ve always appreciated this feisty church father’s sarcasm and rhetorical power. Even when he’s arguing from the position of the underdog, Tertullian is not somebody you’d want to be cross-examined by. But

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Trinity in Scripture (Lanier Library Lecture)

In October 2018 I got to make my first visit to the remarkable Lanier Theological Library in Houston, Texas. I was there to give a lecture on my favorite subject, the Trinity. Specifically, the lecture is an overview of how to read the Bible to

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Reading Theology African (Introduction)

If you read a lot of early Christian theology, you’re probably reading a lot of texts from Africa. But chances are that you’re reading them without registering anything African about them. Think of patristic texts by authors of African provenance: Tertullian, Cyprian, Clement of Alexandria,

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That Kind of Revival

I’m a revivalist and I can’t really help it — I was born again one, and I’ll probably die one. I am always looking for renewed signs of life in the church, am always ready to pray for a movement of God’s Spirit among believers,

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Constantino’s Confession

The sixteenth-century Protestant Reformation in Spain continues to be a neglected subject, but one that immediately repays any attention you give it. You might say that to this day, “No one expects the Spanish Reformation!” In fact, when we think of the sixteenth century in

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Righteous Questioning (Ursinus and Gonzaga)

It’s a fundamental tension of the Christian doctrine of grace: God demands righteousness and we cannot perform that righteousness. And this tension abides even when we confess that God has freely justified us without regard to our good works. As soon as we set out,

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Coherence and Continuity (Ancient-Modern Bible)

I just got a copy of the new Ancient-Modern Bible from Thomas Nelson. It’s a kind of study Bible with running commentary in the margins drawn from the whole history of the church, and several dozen biographies introducing some of the historical commentators. It also has a

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The Prepared Throne

There is a powerful and fascinating piece of iconography in St. Mark’s Basilica in Venice, inside one of the domed cupolas. It’s a ceiling mosaic featuring this image:   It’s a dove on a book on ornate drapery on a pillow on a throne. This throne