Category: Theology and Practice

The Love of God

From Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s The Seraphim: Ador: Weep? Weep blood, All women, all men! He sweated it, He, For your pale womanhood And base manhood. Agree That these water-tears, then, Are vain, mocking like laughter: Weep blood! This Sunday I...

/ August 28, 2005

Discovering Biblical Equality

Like so many trips into the library, my recent excursion had me leaving with books I did not intend to find. In this case, I stumbled upon Gordon Fee’s Listening to the Spirit in the Text (review below). My real...

/ August 28, 2005

Book Review: Defeating Dark Angels

No area of Christian theology has been so sensationalized and misunderstood as demonology. What is for many Christians an embarrassing doctrine provides Hollywood with the occasional horror/action film—see The Exorcist or Constantine. Or rather, don’t see them. 20th century liberal...

/ August 22, 2005

Can Justice allow for substitution?

Question: In what way is substitutionary atonement and sacrifice just? Problem: Generally, when justice is demanded, it not merely that a payment be made, but that a particular person make the payment. For example, when a woman is found raped...

/ August 14, 2005

Book Review: Beyond the Bible

Since I’ve been away from computers this summer, I’ve spent more time reading. One of my main priorities was I. Howard Marshall’s Beyond the Bible: Moving from Scripture to Theology. Beyond the Bible is actually only 60% Marshall (three essays)–it...

/ August 7, 2005

silence

Whether or not being able to sit still in silence is a “spiritual discipline,” I do not know. I have learned by experience, that it is probably one of the most valuable abilities I have spent time practicing, with the...

/ July 29, 2005

Spiritual Disciplines – Part 2

My wife, Malea, is an excellent writer and thinker. She has spent much time contemplating and practicing the disciplines and here is what she thinks about them: Spiritual Disciplines: Described and Explained Spiritual Disciplines aid us in becoming more like...

/ July 19, 2005

Evangelicals Desperately Need to Practice Spiritual Disciplines: an Exhortation from Romans

Last week I attended a summer class put on by a fairly typical Southern California church on spiritual disciplines. I thought it was cool that they even cared about spiritual disciplines – a subject grossly neglected by most evangelicals. For...

/ July 16, 2005

Under Review: Listening to the Spirit in the Text

(Note: I’m republishing this review as I am currently in St. Louis. Normal blogging returns Sunday). On a recent foray into our library, I picked up Gordon Fee’s Listening to the Spirit in the Text. A treasure trove of previously...

/ July 12, 2005

St. John Chrysostom on Romans

Lately I’ve been reading St. John Chrysostom’s homilies on St. Paul’s Epistle to the Romans. A striking feature of Chrysostom’s writings (Chrysostom means “golden mouth” in the Greek for etymologists out there!) is how evangelical they sound! Yes, I mean...

/ July 10, 2005