Essay / Blog

Authority in Mentoring

  A concerned student recently asked me to use my authority over a friend of theirs (also a student and mentee of mine) to help get them on the right track, for this friend was involved in quite destructive behavior. As we were talking, I

Essay / Theology

Misinterpretable Words

Here are some words and phrases I won’t use anymore, because they have entered into a dangerous zone of usage: They have an original meaning which has been partially supplanted by a new meaning: Belie Comprise Plethora Fulsome Presently Beg the question I love words,

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

Essay / Theology

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

“How Does One Get In On This Divine Secret?” [video]

The headquarters of Grace Communion International is here in Southern California, and I recently drove down and talked with them for a while. Mike Morrison interviewed me for their video series called You’re Included, and the first part of that interview is now available at

Essay / Theology

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

Essay / Theology

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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Essay / Art

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

Essay / Theology

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

Essay / Theology

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

Essay / Theology

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