Last Spring I attended an academic study trip to Northern Greece with some of my colleagues, faculty and postgraduate research students from two other universities (Liverpool Hope and KU Leuven), and some independent researchers. We visited Thessaloniki, Philippi, Kavala (Neapolis), Amphipolis, Thasos, Pella, Veria (Berea), Vergina, and Dion. We had the wonderful opportunity to visit […]
Readings of Paul influenced by the work of Karl Barth – or, at least, supposedly Barthian readings of Paul – have recently been taken up by a number of interpreters. One recurring characteristic of such self-proclaimed Barthian readings is to construe Paul’s gospel as radically, purely, and thoroughgoingly objective: completely undetermined, unaffected, and untouched by […]
Studying theology and method has never been morally difficult to me, but the person behind the method has haunted me in certain cases. Most recently, I was blindsided by the scandalous affair surrounding Barth’s legacy. This from one of the most Christocentric theologians I had ever read had struck a rather sour chord with me, […]
Martin Luther was a racist against Jews. Karl Barth had a long-term affair with his writing assistant. A.W. Tozer was emotionally absent from his wife and family. I’ve recently been reading many blog posts about the sins and failures of these theologians, and it saddens me to hear about the reality of their lives, especially since […]
How’s your relationship with God? It’s a question many Christians and religious people ask of each other. When I answer this question over the years, I typically work my way through the same cluster of questions—am I praying and spending private time with God, am I avoiding certain sins, am I maturing in my likeness to […]
In contexts of interfaith dialogue, part of loving your neighbor as yourself is understanding what the other believes on their own terms. Towards this end, John Anthony Dunne and I have published an article in the most recent edition of the Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society entitled “A Perplexing Gift: Toward Clarity in the Evangelical-Mormon Interfaith […]
Many years ago when I was new to biblical faith and largely unaware of other belief systems outside of my own (or at least of the couple congregations I had attended), I met a co-worker who described himself as ‘Eastern Orthodox’. At the time I met him I had been a Christian for only a […]
This Year’s Event and Theme The Fifth Annual Los Angeles Theology Conference (LATC) took place this week at Biola University. Fred Sanders and Oliver Crisp (together in a joint effort with Biola University, Fuller Seminary, and Zondervan Academic) deserve credit for the inception and continuing vitality of the conference. Out-of-town guests expecting the inviting sunshine […]
Happiness on earth, friends, only stems from war! Powder smoke, in fact, mends friendship even more! One in three all friends are: Brothers in distress, equals facing rivals, free men – facing death! In this text, Nietzsche begins with an assertion that war is the only source of happiness. Then, after claiming that the action […]
The term Dispensationalism is defined by Google as “belief in a system of historical progression, as revealed in the Bible, consisting of a series of stages in God’s self-revelation and plan of salvation.”2 Dispensation is defined by the Merriam-Webster online dictionary as “a general state or ordering of things; specifically: a system of revealed commands […]
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