Category: Theology and Practice

On Dogmatic Virtue

By Matthew Emerson Much of the current scholarship on theological method concerns itself with prolegomena and/or with practical matters like steps, tasks, and tools. This is right and good – dogmatic inquiry requires right philosophical and theological foundations and right...

/ August 16, 2018

The Problem with Consequentialism

Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves. You will recognize them by their fruits. Are grapes gathered from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? So, every healthy tree bears good fruit, but...

/ August 15, 2018

Assorted Thoughts after Revoice

The controversy surrounding Revoice meant that the surrounding questions occupied more mental space this summer than I had intended. But before I move on to prepare for my fall teaching and other responsibilities, I thought I’d add one or two...

/ August 14, 2018

His Mercy is on them that Fear Him: What I Said at Revoice

I was honored to give the following remarks at the Spiritual Friendship pre-conference. There may be minor variations between the video and the text. I learned much from the other presenters, and especially would commend Johana Finegan’s exceptional defense of Spiritual...

/ August 2, 2018

Faithful Suffering and Medicine After “The Baconian Project”

By John Brewer Eberly, Jr., MD and Ben Frush, MD We recently published a case commentary in the AMA Journal of Ethics titled, “What Should Physicians and Chaplains Do When a Patient Believes God Wants Him to Suffer?” which has us...

/ July 31, 2018

Augustine, Concupiscence, and Friendship

By Phillip Cary Denny Burk and Rosaria Butterfield have identified theological grounds for their criticism of the upcoming Revoice conference and the Spiritual Friendship movement, which aim to use samesex desires for good purposes. Burk and Butterfield describe this as...

/ July 18, 2018

Loving Others Theologically

By Brandon D. Smith “How dare you?!” You might remember this phrase from Mark Driscoll, one of my early heroes in the so-called “New Calvinism” movement. His growl was aimed at men during a rant about how they misuse women...

/ July 10, 2018

Sex, Temptation, and the Gay Christian: What Chastity Demands

Can we have an argument about being a ‘gay Christian’? That is the question which I have been wondering since the storm of Baptist and Presbyterian furor descended upon Revoice. The conference is an attempt by a wide variety of...

/ June 20, 2018

The Christian and Homosexuality: Further Notes Toward an Evangelical Sexual Ethic

Note: Given the recent discussions about Revoice–a conference at which I am speaking–I asked Jake if he would republish the two chapters from my first book that are directly on questions of sexual desire. Today’s essay takes up the question of homosexuality. Yesterday’s...

/ June 19, 2018

The Body and its Pleasure: Toward an Evangelical Sexual Ethic

Note: Given the recent discussions about Revoice–a conference at which I am speaking–I asked Jake if he would republish the two chapters from my first book that are directly on questions of sexual desire. Today’s essay takes up how evangelicalism has depicted...

/ June 18, 2018