Andreas Köstenberger on Evangelical Boundaries

By now, many of you will have read Justin Taylor’s interview with Andreas Köstenberger, accomplished NT scholar and current editor of the Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society (JETS). Among other things, Köstenberger discusses with Taylor the issue of evangelical identity and the role of the ETS in the larger evangelical movement. He writes: Continue Reading →

Rob Bell Is Coming to Town

Pastor Rob Bell is bringing his “The Gods Aren’t Angry Tour” to Dallas next week. In anticipation of the big event, Kate Goodloe from the Dallas Morning News called to get me to comment on Rob Bell’s controversial ministry. Like most most reporters who cover controversial issues, Goodloe includes in her story both supporters and critics. I was brought in as the critic.

Her account of our conversation is good, so far as it goes. But I thought I would fill in some of the gaps since some of my remarks need some more context. Here’s the relevant excerpt from Goodloe’s report: Continue Reading →

Good News from Iraq . . . No, Great News!

For a war-weary nation, this latest report from the Associated Press is salve:

Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki said Sunday suicide attacks and other bombings in the Iraqi capital have dropped dramatically since last year’s high, calling it a sign of the end of sectarian violence. A top U.S. general here said he believes the drop is sustainable, as Iraqis turn away from extremists.
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Worlds Collide! LSU vs. Tech

I am a loyal of fan of Louisiana Tech because it is my alma mater. I am an avid fan of LSU because I was born and raised in Louisiana (FYI: The LSU fan-base is statewide, just like it is for the Saints) and because I married into an LSU family. So tonight my worlds were colliding.

A Tech victory tonight would have meant statewide bragging rights for the Bulldogs. A loss would only have been what everyone expected anyway. An LSU victory tonight means a number one ranking and the status of the leading contender for the national championship. An LSU loss would have meant no national championship for the bayou state.

So how do I feel now that it’s all said and done. I’m sad that Tech lost. I’m glad that LSU won. If that sounds like a contradiction to you, then welcome to my world . . . world’s colliding! Continue Reading →

ETS President Comments on Proposed Amendment

ETS President, Dr. Hassell Bullock, comments on our amendment proposal in an interview with Collin Hansen for Christianity Today. Here’s the relevant section:

CT: Is there any merit to suggestions for changing the ETS doctrinal basis?

BULLOCK: The recent return of Francis Beckwith, the ETS president, to the Catholic faith of his childhood, has obviously and understandably created questions within the society about the adequacy of our theological basis, which is quite brief: “The Bible alone, and the Bible in its entirety, is the Word of God written and is therefore inerrant in the autographs. God is a Trinity, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, each an uncreated person, one in essence, equal in power and glory.”

The society was founded upon a simple theological basis rather than a statement of faith, with the intention of providing a broad evangelical basis for academic discussion, thus allowing and encouraging diversity within unity. While the proposed amendment will not change that basis, it will expand the statement quite significantly, and, while solving one problem, may create others.

However the society decides this issue, I hope ETS will continue to see itself as a wide space for discussing biblical-theological and related issues within the bounds of an unshakable commitment to the inerrancy of Scripture.

I am heartened that Dr. Bullock has gone on the record to say that our amendment will not change the “broad evangelical basis for academic discussion.” We certainly agree with this assessment. Our amendment would accommodate the wide variety of theological traditions within Evangelicalism and would continue the tradition of “diversity within unity” that has always characterized the ETS.

Given the President’s positive evaluation of the amendment, I am wondering what “problems” he thinks this amendment will create. Perhaps the answer to that question will have to wait for the debate.

No Religious Test . . . Except for O’Reilly’s

Mike Huckabee went Bill O’Reilly’s show last week and was subjected to a barrage of questions about his religious beliefs. In particular, he was asked whether he believed in Adam and Eve and whether he believed only Christians go the heaven. Huckabee did pretty well answering the first question and not so well answering the second. On the second question, I think he was trying too hard to avoid answering such questions. The answer ended up sort of muddled. Anyway, if you missed it, here’s the video. Continue Reading →

My Take on Pat Robertson’s Endorsement of Giuliani

Initially, I wasn’t sure if shock or utter frustration was the dominant emotion evoked by the news of Pat Robertson’s endorsement of Rudy Giuliani. The more I have had time to think about it, the more I’m convinced it’s the latter rather than the former.

On the merits, Robertson’s stated reasons for supporting Giuliani do not measure up to what pro-life voters expect from leaders in the pro-life movement. In announcing his endorsement, Robertson said Continue Reading →

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