John Piper argues the same way as he considers who’s right about the nature of Pharisaism in the first century. Should we believe Jesus’ negative portrayal of the Pharisees that He confronted, Continue Reading →
I was in the 7th grade when Rocky IV came out. As the cold war and the specter of a nuclear showdown weighed heavily on my little 13 year old brain, I remember feeling that it was very important for Rocky to beat the snot out of Ivan Drago. That is why my best friend and I stood up in our seats at the theater and cheered Rocky as he found his second wind and pounded Drago into submission. Continue Reading →
No, it’s not another reformation, but this news story from the Associated Press is . . . well, you’ll just have to read it for yourself.
Senator Hillary Clinton has been widely viewed as a front-runner for the 2008 Democratic nomination for President of the United States. But I have long held the view that however much she is loved among Democrats, she lacks the appeal necessary to win the general election. Continue Reading →
Perhaps you’ve heard about the storm of controversy surrounding Pastor Mark Driscoll and some of the things he wrote on his blog about pastors’ wives. Driscoll has been roundly criticized by non-Christians and Christians alike for what he said, and he has since apologized for his tone, though not for the substance of his theological views. Continue Reading →
The BCS computers have cranked out a title game, and USC will not be playing for the championship (USC, the team that won one national championship a couple years ago but for some reason continue to be regarded as a dynasty).
Here is the full schedule for the upcoming NCAA bowl season. I am happy to see that LSU will be beating Notre Dame in the Sugar Bowl, though I would have preferred to have seen them put a licking on the non-dynastic USC in the Rose Bowl. But I suppose I can’t blame USC for not wanting to get embarrassed on their home turf by the Tigers. Continue Reading →
To date or not to date. That is Scott Croft’s question in a provocative article in the Boundless Webzine titled, “Biblical Dating: An Introduction.” Scott Croft is an elder at Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington, D.C., and in this article he contrasts modern dating practices with what he calls “biblical dating.” What follows is a teaser that I hope will entice you to read Croft’s entire piece.
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About a year ago, I had a conversation with an old friend who had just returned from an 18-month tour of duty in Iraq. I asked Patrick if he thought the prospects for success in Iraq were really as bleak as American news reports make them out to be. His response was clear: “We can’t win unless the Iraqis want to win, and they are not taking responsibility.”
A year later this still appears to be the case. The U.S. has the brute force required to pacify Iraq and could bomb the country into submission if it wanted to. But, of course, the U.S. prefers a political solution over a “shock and awe” advance of its interests in Iraq. But the problem that the U.S. faces is this: absent a popular government that can mend the sectarian divisions that have bedeviled Iraq, there is only so much that the U.S. can do to secure and stabilize Iraq. Continue Reading →
I just received a new book from InterVarsity Press that I will be reviewing in a forthcoming edition of The Criswell Theological Review. When I finish the book (it’s in my queue!) and write the review, I will post it on this blog. In the meantime, I wanted to post a notice of its release.
The title of the book is The Nature of the Atonement: Four Views with contributions by Greg Boyd, Joel Green, Bruce Reichenbach, and Tom Schreiner. Boyd defends the Christus Victor view, Schreiner the penal substitution view, Reichenbach the “Healing” view, and Green the “Kaleidoscopic” view.
Tony Jones, the national director of Emergent Village, is not happy about Brett Kunkle’s ETS paper which argues that some leaders in the emerging conversation have opened the way to unorthodoxy. I have read Kunkle’s paper, and I think he is on to something despite the protest of Tony Jones.
I won’t rehash the argument of the paper here, but I will point out one aspect of Kunkle’s presentation that is particularly troubling. Continue Reading →