Archive for the ‘Jesus Theology’ Category

The problem with theological types- like yours truly- is they think that God has explained himself. In the Bible. In Jonathan Edwards. In the Lutheran Confessions. In the CRCC. In the latest Piper book. In the ESV Study Bible notes. Somewhere.

The fact is God doesn’t explain himself. (more…)

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Greg Gilbert at 9 Marks, a ministry that has my highest admiration and endorsement, has taken on what seems to be the favorite topic of Calvinists on the web: What is the Gospel?

Gilbert isn’t just spending bandwidth, however. Though he doesn’t exactly give his agenda up front, I’m of the opinion that he’s taking aim at N.T. Wright and his perceived influence on the theologically mushy inhabitants of the ever-elusive “emerging church.”

In particular, Gilbert wants to respond to what he believes is a basic confusion: putting a “Gospel of the Kingdom” in place of a “Gospel of the Cross.”

You can get to all three of Greg Gilbert’s posts by way of Justin Taylor’s summary and links. All are important to the discussion, but the application is found in the third post. (more…)

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Reduced to Jesus

Dali-Jesus-Supper-4.jpgFrom September, 2006 at IM. The reference to soli deo was to a home worship group I was leading at the time.

I get called a lot of names around the blogosphere. Everything from “pomo devil” to “respected blogger.” (Now there’s an oxymoron.) When you’re a “cage phase” blogger (there goes another one) you write long posts defending yourself and being outraged about this. For instance, my use of the name “truly reformed” used to bring about huge posts at the “truly reformed” blogs, almost as long as mine on whether I was “emerging” or “postmodern.” But not nearly as well written or as funny.

Over at the BHT, I have a new name that’s been stuck on me. I’m a “reductionist.” Visiting the dictionary, I think I’m being told that, in regard to my Christian faith, I have a tendency to “…. reduce complex data and phenomena to simple terms.” I know dictionaries aren’t supposed to have value systems, but it that a bad thing?

I wish I could say I’m being accused of being a good teacher, but it’s a bit more nefarious. I’m generally being told that I’m reducing Christianity too much; that I’m taking a complex, inter-related whole, and attempting to simplify it excessively. So much so that what’s left isn’t the thing itself, but only part of it. (more…)

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1 Corinthians. 2:6   Yet among the mature we do impart wisdom, although it is not a wisdom of this age or of the rulers of this age, who are doomed to pass away. 7 But we impart a secret and hidden wisdom of God, which God decreed before the ages for our glory. 8 None of the rulers of this age understood this, for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.

If they had understood God’s wisdom, they wouldn’t have crucified the Lord of glory?

Paul will spend most of the first part of the Corinthian letter saying that the cross is the heart of the message God has for the word. I can’t imagine anyone reading Paul’s explanation of why he preached “Christ crucified” and not coming away with a conviction that Jesus really was the “lamb slain from the foundation of the world.” (more…)

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I Corinthians 1:

18 For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. 19 For it is written,

“I will destroy the wisdom of the wise,
and the discernment of the discerning I will thwart.”

20 Where is the one who is wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? 21 For since, in the wisdom of God, the world did not know God through wisdom, it pleased God through the folly of what we preach to save those who believe. 22 For Jews demand signs and Greeks seek wisdom, 23 but we preach Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and folly to Gentiles, 24 but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. 25 For the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men.

The cross is a word. It speaks. (more…)

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More from David Hayward.

I’m ashamed at how often I’ve been the speaker in this cartoon, and more amazed that God loves me despite it all.

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One of many great cartoons from David Hayward.

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