What Is Christianity? Different than What Most People Think

Jeremy Bouma on 1 week ago. Tagged under ,,,.

9780310525042It’s a basic question, and also a vital one. Not only for our own spiritual journey, but also for the journeys of people we know and meet.

And it’s a question Gregory Koukl engages in his new book The Story of Reality. The reason why is because of the misguided approach to religion people often take:

people are often tempted to think of religion as a kind of spiritual fantasy club…the one that meets your personal needs, that gives you rules to live by that are respectable but not too demanding, that warms your heart with feelings of spirituality…[They say] do not, however, confuse religious stories with reality. They don’t give you the kind of information about the world that, say,…

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Three Steps Toward Rightly Knowing the Doctrine of the Trinity

Jeremy Bouma on 2 weeks ago. Tagged under ,,,.

9780310491491_imageFred Sanders has an ambitious goal with his new book The Triune God: securing our knowledge of the triune God by rightly ordering the theological language with which we praise him.

To get us on toward rightly knowing the doctrine of the Trinity, Sanders outlines three crucial steps, which we’ve engaged below:

to grasp the entire two-Testament canon, to trace its unbroken narrative arc, and to recognize that arc as a self-communicative action with God as its source. (98)

Step 1: Construe Scripture as a Whole

Although space doesn’t permit a complete defense of canonical unity, Sanders spends enough time to show why construing Scripture as a whole is a necessary first step toward rightly knowing the doctrine of the Trinity:

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10 Principles You Need to Know about Trinitarian Dogmatics

Jeremy Bouma on 3 weeks ago. Tagged under ,,,,.

9780310491491_imageWhile celebrating Christ’s incarnation is fresh on our breath, it’s apt we contemplate the Trinity. After all, the God-with-us event is inherently Trinitarian: the Father gave the world his only-begotten Son, by the Holy Spirit.

Here to help is Fred Sanders with his new book The Triune God. In it he contends:

the manner of the Trinity’s revelation dictates the shape of the doctrine; it draws its dogmatic conclusions about how the doctrine should be handled on the basis of the way the Trinity was revealed. (19)

He offers an extensive set of dogmatics principles for Trinitarian exegesis to shepherd Trinitarian contemplation. They offer “systematic help for reconstructing the plausibility structures of biblical Trinitarianism” (19).

We’ve briefly shared those principles below to deepen your understanding of the triune God.

1) A Doxological Movement

When…

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Explore God’s Two Books: God’s Word and God’s Works – Reflecting on “Evolution: Scripture and Nature Say Yes!”

Jeremy Bouma on 1 month ago. Tagged under ,,,,.

25% and 23%

9780310526445These two numbers represent the reason why Denis Lamoureux wrote his new book Evolution: Scripture and Nature Say Yes!

The first is the percentage of young adults who perceive Christianity as anti-science. The second is the percentage of those who have been turned off by debates surrounding evolution and creationism. Lamoureux finds both numbers shocking; he thinks you should, too.

To help mitigate the fallout of these two numbers, Lamoureux has offered readers a framework for understanding the two “Books” of God. He hopes this framework hopes will help Christian students navigate the tension of modern science and the Bible. What are these two books, you ask?

The Book of God’s Words is the Bible. Scripture reveals spiritual truths concerning…

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What Is an “Evangelical” Dogmatics of Scripture? Here’s a Framework

Jeremy Bouma on 1 month ago. Tagged under ,,,.

voiceofgodtextofscriptureSeveral years ago, Oliver Crisp and Fred Sanders conceived of an annual conference discussing and explicating Christian doctrine, one that was self-consciously ecumenical and sought to resource contemporary systematic theology. The result was the Los Angeles Theology Conference (LATC).

Earlier this year, the fourth annual gathering was framed by this question:

How does the voice of God come to us in the text of Scripture?

The result was The Voice of God in the Text of Scripture, a series of illuminating, constructive essays exploring the ways God speaks through the biblical text. Of this unique text Crisp and Sanders write,

we stand before a theological claim of the first order, and one of the right responses is to develop a doctrine…

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[Common Places] Pro-Nicene Theology: Theologia and Oikonomia

Lewis Ayres on 1 month ago. Tagged under ,,.

Our current series, Pro-Nicene Theology, offers doctrinal and exegetical entries to the key tenets of basic Trinitarian orthodoxy as developed in the early centuries of the church. For introduction to the series, see this first post.

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The individual terms theologia and oikonomia have long histories of their own in classical Greek, but the first time we find these two terms paired in Christian writing is in the work of the famous theologian and exegete Origen of Alexandria (died c. 254). He speaks in the 18th of his Homilies on Jeremiah of God speaking “theologically about himself, and [not about] his plan (oikonomia) for human matters” (18.6.3). Whereas theologia concerns the nature of God, God’s oikonomia refers to God’s concern for and ordering…

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Two Views, Four Voices on Homosexuality, the Bible, and the Church

Jeremy Bouma on 2 months ago. Tagged under ,,,,.

homosexualityThe sanctity of same-sex relations is one of the most pressing ethical questions facing the church today. (9)

So contends Preston Sprinkle in his new edited volume Two Views of Homosexuality, the Bible, and the Church. And rightly so. For, as he continues, “Unlike other topics that Christians debate—the rapture, the millennium, speaking in tongues, etc.—homosexuality affects the very core of human persons.” (9)

Bringing together four voices to discuss two dominant views on the Bible and sexuality, this unique volume in the Counterpoints series offers fresh perspective on a well-worn topic in three distinct ways:

This first-of-its-kind book published by an evangelical publisher encourages dialogue within the body of Christ about homosexuality, the Bible, and the church Though most discussions have been dominated…

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Academic eBooks at Low Prices! Theology, Philosophy, Sex and Gender, and More

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We hand-picked a few thoughtful works that are worth your attention, and put them in our brief Academic eBook Sale (November 14-20, 2016).

These eBooks cover a breadth of biblical and theological topics, but don’t miss the small selection of works about sex, gender, and the church.

The deals include:

Black and White Bible, Black and Blue Wife: My Story of Finding Hope after Domestic Abuse by Ruth A. Tucker is 60% off Prostitutes and Polygamists: A Look at Love, Old Testament Style  by David T. Lamb is 60% off Four Views on Hell (Second Edition with all new contributors) edited by Preston Sprinkle is 68% off Kierkegaard: A Single Life by Stephen Backhouse is 39% off Five Views on the Church and Politics edited by Amy E. Black is 68% off God’s Glory Alone: The Majestic Heart of…

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12 Must-See Books on Biblical Studies (ETS, AAR, SBL Checklist Part 2)

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The 2016 annual conferences ETS and AAR/SBL are near! We rounded up a short list of Zondervan’s must-see books on biblical studies. (Also see our must-see books on theology.) Here’s the list in no particular order, including news on special deals and a few comments from readers.

Drop by the Zondervan booth at the conferences in San Antonio and get these books 50% off! (And don’t miss the special Counterpoints deal below.)

1. No God but One: A Former Muslim Investigates the Evidence for Islam & Christianity by Nabeel Qureshi

“It has been a decade since I decided to leave Islam, and the fallout of my decision haunts me every day. I knew it would, but I also knew that I was sure.” –Nabeel Qureshi

Find out why

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10 Must-See Books on Theology (ETS, AAR, SBL Checklist Part 1)

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With the conferences ETS and AAR/SBL nearly here, we rounded up a short list of Zondervan’s must-see books on theology. (Also see our must-see books on biblical studies.) Here’s the list in no particular order, including some comments from discerning reviewers.

Drop by our conference booth in San Antonio and get these books 50% off! (And don’t miss the special conference deals on The Triune God and the new Counterpoints volumes, detailed below.)

1. The Triune God (New Studies in Dogmatics) by Fred Sanders

triunegodThis will be just $10 (60% off) at ETS and AAR/SBL.

Don’t miss the review session on this book at ETS! It will follow author Fred Sanders’ plenary on this book. Here are details:

Responses to Fred Sanders’s book, The Triune God

Thursday,…

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Attending ETS, AAR, or SBL in November 2016? Get Free Stuff at Zondervan’s Booth

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Are you headed to San Antonio for the 2016 annual meetings of the Evangelical Theological Society (ETS), American Academy of Religion (AAR), or the Society of Biblical Literature (SBL)? Drop by our booth at the conferences, because if you spend $35 or more, you get to choose a free t-shirt or tote. Check out your 3 choices below.

 

Come to the Zondervan Booth… ETS: Booth #200 AAR/SBL: Booth #220-221

 

…Get 1 of 3 choices

We have a limited number of each item, so don’t delay in coming to our booth! Again, just spend $35 or more and one of these is yours:

1. T-SHIRT: “Beware the man of one book” —Thomas Aquinas (Attrib.)

In other words, beware narrow learning. This is…

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