Essay / Politics

When You Say You’re Not Voting

This election season, a lot of responsible people can be heard saying things like “I simply have no candidate,” or “I may not even vote.” And it’s more than just the usual laments that are always partly for comic effect (my favorites are “if God

Essay / Theology

Do I need a Job or Vocation?

    Do I Need a Job or a Vocation? Every year some untold numbers of students enter their senior year in colleges and universities across the nation. They’ve done it! They have successfully navigated the complexities of earning a bachelor’s degree in their chosen

Essay / Theology

Back and Forth with Augustine and Aquinas on the Trinity

Here’s a free sentence for you, from chapter 4 of my soon-to-be-released book The Triune God: The most basic pedagogical decision to make in presenting the doctrine of the Trinity is whether to begin the exposition with the temporal missions and reason back from them to the eternal

Essay / Theology

I Used to Suppress the Truth in Unrighteousness

When Paul wrote, in Romans 1:18, that people “suppress the truth in unrighteousness,” he described a remarkable, and remarkably universal, human habit. Everybody suppresses the truth in unrighteousness, and almost nobody knows they’re doing it while they’re doing it. You can hardly catch yourself in

Essay / Blog

T&T Clark Companion to the Atonement

This week, I submitted the manuscript for the T&T Clark Companion to the Atonement, an edited work with 18 major chapters and 85 shorter essays from scholars around the world, exploring the doctrine of the atonement from a variety of angles. The various essays explore

Essay / Theology

Life After Rahner’s Rule

Once upon a time, Karl Rahner wrote a phrase that launched a thousand theological ships: “The economic Trinity is the immanent Trinity and vice versa.” Those ten words (nine in German, where “vice versa” is just “umgekehrt”) provoked thousands of pages of discussion in the

Essay / Church Doctrine

One, Holy, and Broken: Conflict In Christ’s Church

  A church I attended suffered the pangs of conflict, and unfortunately, this was nothing new in my experience. As my wife and I moved around the country for graduate studies and then different teaching positions, four of the six churches we attended suffered deeply

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