Essay / Education

The Ideal in Pride and Prejudice (Common Room)

Check out this conversation on a Jane Austen novel: it’s a chat among two philosophers and an Old Testament prof, so it gets philosophical and theological (Aristotle and Proverbs are both invoked). But it’s also powerfully good reflection on a book that all three participants

Essay / Theology

E.J. Pace’s Cartoons and Theology Graphics

The breaking news part of this post is that Biola library’s Christian Comics Collection, already the deepest archive of its kind, has recently acquired a large set of comics by cartoonist Ernest James Pace (1880-1946). This is important because Pace was an early pioneer of

Essay / Theology

Carl Beckwith on The Holy Trinity

My review of Carl Beckwith‘s 2016 book The Holy Trinity just appeared in the July 2017 issue of The International Journal of Systematic Theology. It is a fantastic book, and I wanted to blog about it briefly to help spread the word to folks who may

Essay / Theology

Thoughts While Reading Chalmers

The command to do good, and to be good, sounds very deep and powerful. It vibrates with all the seriousness of a divine voice of command. Whenever I see it turning the heads and hearts of young people, I regard it with a kind of

Essay / Theology

Trinitarian Solutions to Problems of Mere Monotheism?

Sometimes the doctrine of the Trinity is presented as if it is the solution to the problems that would surface in mere (unipersonal) monotheism. A merely unipersonal deity, it is said, could not be love, and therefore only on the grounds of Trinitarian revelation could

Essay / Theology

“Economic Form of Immanent X” (LOGOS Mobile Ed)

Last summer (pretty much exactly one year ago) there was a mostly-online discussion of the doctrine of the Trinity in evangelical circles. It was a fast-moving, multi-platform scuffle on many fronts. There was a lot of heat, and also a lot of light, and several

Frederick Manning Sanders (1918-1945)

On Memorial Day, I just spent a few minutes scratching together some information on my paternal grandfather, who was the first Fred Sanders in my family line. There are four of us in the series, but all with different middle names. I have a few

Essay / Theology

Oneness Pentecostalism Article in Spanish

In 2006 I wrote an analysis of the movement known as Oneness Pentecostalism (sometimes called Apostolic or Jesus-Only), a form of non-Trinitarian teaching about Jesus. I wrote that article, and made it freely available on the web, because I consider Oneness teaching to be a

Essay / Theology

I Will Set You Straight

Everything you think you know about the Trinity is wrong. It’s been wrong for a long, long time; centuries, actually. But what I am about to tell you will set you straight once and for all. I will show you mysteries you have not known.

Essay / Theology

So Send I You

At the end of John’s Gospel, the risen Christ says to the disciples: “As the Father has sent me, even so I am sending you.” It’s such a stark statement that, when I get to preach on this text, I usually spend about half the

Essay / Theology

“Why So Much Preaching Is Lost Among Us”

The Puritan Isaac Ambrose (1604-1664) wrote a large book called Looking Unto Jesus. If I call it a devotional book, you’ll simply need to upgrade your notion of what a devotional book could be, or the condition to which all devotional books should aspire. Ambrose

Essay / Literature

A Few Writing Tips

Some tips on writing that I posted on a friend’s blog back in 2010, but which have gone missing from the internet since then. Lightly revised and updated, they still represent my best advice about the craft of writing. 1. Read for craft. Once you’ve