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

Lewis Ayres on 8 months 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 of his creation, specifically the incarnation of the…

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

Jeremy Bouma on 9 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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[Common Places] Pro-Nicene Theology: Eternal Generation Exegetically Considered

Fred Sanders on 9 months 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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[Image (attached): Detail from the Stammheim Missal (Germany, 1170s). God summons Moses: “Come, I send you.” Moses replies, “Send who you will send” (Ex. 3:10, 4:13).

When in the course of theological events Christians have wanted to make their confession of the identity of Jesus Christ clear and definite, they have usually taken recourse to the doctrine of his eternal generation.

The relation between Jesus of Nazareth and the heavenly Father who sent him outstrips…

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

ZA Blog on 9 months ago. Tagged under ,,,.

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)

ZA Blog on 9 months ago. Tagged under ,.

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

ZA Blog on 9 months ago. Tagged under ,.

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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 a new t-shirt design based on popular favorite…

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Counterpoints Software Sale: $7 Apiece at Olive Tree and Accordance

ZA Blog on 9 months ago. Tagged under ,.

The historical Adam. Inerrancy. Divine providence. Final judgment. Each book in the Counterpoints series is indispensable for understanding different views on the foundational issues of Christianity. If it’s vital, it’s in Counterpoints…

And Counterpoints software is on sale for $7 apiece for a short time, at Olive Tree and Accordance.

See the Deals:

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Don’t delay! This deal will disappear on November 20, 2016!

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What’s special about the Counterpoints series?

Counterpoints volumes offer you expert dialogue on issues important to Christians.

Each Counterpoints volume—let’s take Genesis: History, Fiction, or Neither? for an example—contains multiple contributing authors from various theological backgrounds. Each expert presents their own perspective, but also responds to…

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[Common Places]: Pro-Nicene Theology: Eternal Generation

Josh Malone on 9 months ago.

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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“When the vital article of the eternal generation is lost, the whole gospel becomes mere history.”[1]

The doctrine of eternal generation seeks to specify the origin of Jesus Christ in the eternal life of the one God in a very particular way—a way that simultaneously shows a resonance between theology and economy yet never ceases to maintain a clear distinction between Creator and creature. Together with divine simplicity, inseparable operations, and the rest of the pro-Nicene toolkit, eternal generation serves as a hermeneutical guidepost for the church’s reading of the…

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How Do Catholics and Protestants Disagree over Salvation & Justification?

Jeremy Bouma on 9 months ago. Tagged under ,,,,,.

9780310527930On October 31, 1517, an unsuspecting monk ventured to challenge the prevailing ecclesial authorities of his day by posting his “Disputation on the Power and Efficacy of Indulgences” on the door of All Saints’ Church in Wittenberg, Germany.

Underlying his disputes with the Indulgence Industrial Complex was a theme that would become one of the single most important rallying points in the Protestant Reformation. John Calvin pointedly named this theme:

The only point in dispute is how we are deemed righteous in the sight of God. (Acts of the Council of Trent)

This point of dispute still sits at the heart of what divides Catholics and Protestants five hundred years later. But how exactly do they differ? And is there no point of agreement when it comes to salvation and justification? Gregg…

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How Do Catholics and Protestants Disagree over Scripture & Tradition?

Jeremy Bouma on 10 months ago. Tagged under ,,,,,,.

9780310527930In 1994, leading Catholic and Evangelical leaders signed the document “Evangelicals and Catholics Together,” affirming their common faith and common mission on the eve of the third millennium.

Five years later, mainline Lutherans and the Catholic Church similarly came together to bury the hatchet, as it were, in their “Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification.”

While such ecumenical endeavors are encouraging, do they belie the real differences that exist between Protestants and Catholics? If so, what are they, and why are they significant?

The Unfinished Reformation brings clarity to these questions by examining what unites and divides these two dominant Christian groups. Theologian Gregg Allison and pastor Chris Castaldo take a nuanced and thoughtful look at the doctrines and practices of Protestants and Catholics so both groups can have…

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