4 Principles of the Evangelical Mind Modeled by a Little-Known Evangelical
What’s happened? One reason, perhaps, is that evangelicals have forgotten the intellectual roots and model of intellectual engagement that gave rise to the influence they had enjoyed for nearly half a century.
Owen Strachen insists it’s time to reclaim this forgotten memory and model, beginning with the most important evangelical intellectual you probably don’t know:
Harold John Ockenga.
“Ockenga’s name has slipped the evangelical memory,” Strachen writes in his new book Awakening the Evangelical Mind. Yet he reveals “no figure, including [Billy] Graham, did more than Ockenga to run, establish, and invigorate the premier institutions of the [evangelical] movement.” (23)
Strachen’s book traces the intellectual lives…
Extracurricular Activities 4.24.15 — Joseph Typology, Pope Francis, & George Whitfield
“It sure seems that the story of Joseph is a typological foreshadowing of the life of Jesus,” mused Peter Leithart recently, and I have to agree. It sure seems so! Leithart went on, in his post, to describe the kind of mental abstraction required to read the Joseph story that way; a “Proppian structural move that captures a common morphology” [had to look up “Proppian!“]
There’s a reason Leithart needed to spend some time theorizing about how to make the case. The peculiar and stubborn fact is that the New Testament never invokes the Joseph story as something fulfilled or figured out in the life of Jesus. So preachers who want to make Christological hay with Joseph have to do it on their own, without explicit scriptural warrant.
Extracurricular Activities 3.14.15 — Codex Alexandrinus, Moral Beauty, and Church Priviledge
Codex Alexandrinus is a fifth-century “pandect,” that is, the Greek Old Testament and the Greek New Testament writings in one manuscript. From its original provenance (still uncertain), it came to England in 1627, presented to King Charles I as a gift by the Patriarch of Constantinople, Cyril Lucar, and is now housed in the British Library (London). Alexandrinus is well known to students of the Greek NT, especially those who study NT textual history and textual variants. It is the “fountain head” of what became the “Byzantine” text-type of the Gospels. But, as strange as it may seem, there has been no study of the codex of equivalent depth prior to the newly-published work by W. Andrew Smith: A Study of the Gospels in Codex Alexandrinus: Codicology, Palaeography, and Scribal Hands (Leiden: Brill,…
Extracurricular Activities 1.24.15 —The Afterlife, the Mark Mummy Mask, What Would Kuyper Do?
Alex Malarkey, who co-authored The Boy Who Came Back From Heaven, publicly confessed his story is malarkey. He and his mother had been saying so for some time, but few noticed until last week.
His admission left me wondering why heavenly tourism gets so much attention. Christians might be less obsessed with heaven if we better grasped four things
Here is a collection of Jewish texts from the 2d Temple period that show that Judaism knew a spectrum: from an annihilationism to eternal conscious punishment. Into this kind of diversity Jesus and the apostles stepped and spoke of judgment. There is support here for both sides of this debate.
Extracurricular Activities 11.01.14 — Favorite Heresies, Luther’s 95 Theses, Ross Douthat’s Catholicism
Most American evangelicals hold views condemned as heretical by some of the most important councils of the early church.
A survey released today by LifeWay Research for Ligonier Ministries “reveals a significant level of theological confusion,” said Stephen Nichols, Ligonier’s chief academic officer. Many evangelicals do not have orthodox views about either God or humans, especially on questions of salvation and the Holy Spirit, he said.
On October 31, 1517—a Saturday—a 33-year-old former monk turned theology professor at the University of Wittenberg walked over to the Castle Church in Wittenberg and nailed a paper of 95 theses to the door, hoping to spark an academic discussion, making the first order of business the proposition that all of life…
Al Mohler and Peter Enns on Biblical Inerrancy
This morning we introduced and launched a giveaway contest for a new cogent resource that engages one of the most contemporary conversations in evangelicalism: Biblical inerrancy.
In the video below, two voices from the book explain their theological and biblical positions. Al Mohler, president of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and Peter Enns, a biblical scholar at Eastern University, share what this word does and does not mean to them, and inerrancy means for the Bible.
As a classical inerrantists, Mohler contends that we need to come back and look at the definition of biblical inerrancy ensconced in the Chicago Statement on Biblical Inerrancy devised in the late 1970's.
Mohler contends "that they got [inerrancy] right in the late 1970's. The…
Why an Evangelical Theology? 3 Reasons Why It’s Time An Evangelical Biblical Scholar Wrote One
Before we get to our big question—Why an evangelical theology like Michael Bird's new Evangelical Theology?—we should ask a different question: Why another theology?
Evangelicalism isn't short on resources to educate our old and young in doctrine. So, again, why another theology, not to mention a so-called, self-described evangelical one? Well, it's the nature of the question that gets to our answer. Why an evangelical theology?
It is precisely because Bird has self-titled his systematic theology textbook Evangelical that we should perk-up and take note, because Bird is doing something unique and unusual that sets his magnum opus apart from other such evangelical opi: A text that's self-consciously of, for, and by the evangel.
There are three reasons why it's time an evangelical biblical scholar wrote an evangelical theology, and why I'm thrilled Bird is the one who wrote it: because it is gospel-centered; it cuts through two theologizing extremes; and it sweeps away two false tribal dichotomies. All in an effort to place the evangel back at the center of our theology.
Wednesday Giveaway – Four Views on the Spectrum of Evangelicalism
This week’s giveaway, Four Views on the Spectrum of Evangelicalism, compares and contrasts four distinct positions on the current fundamentalist-evangelical spectrum in light of the history of American fundamentalism and evangelicalism.
These positions are Fundamentalism, Conservative/confessional evangelicalism, Generic evangelicalism, and Postconservative evangelicalism, each of which is represented by a leading Evangelical scholar.
There are two copies of Four Views on the Spectrum of Evangelicalism available, and the giveaway will run through Thursday.
To enter simply comment below with…
Wednesday Giveaway: A God-Sized Vision
You may have heard that this week in Chicago the national convention of The Gospel Coalition is being held (and if you are on Twitter you’ve almost certainly heard, the tweets coming out of TGC made Tim Keller a trending topic yesterday).
Yesterday attendees who stopped by Zondervan’s booth got the chance to meet Colin Hansen and John Woodbridge, and today you get a shot at winning the book they co-authored, A God Sized Vision: Revival Stories that Stretch and Stir.
Examining seven revivals, from the first Great Awakening to the post-war growth of evangelicalism, Hansen and Woodbridge point not to personalities or technique but a “surprising work of God” as the key to each…
New Creation and Common Ground
“If our goal is to be liberated from creation rather than the liberation of creation, we will understandably display little concern for the world God has made. If, however, we are looking forward to “the restoration of all things” (Ac 3:21) and the anticipation of the whole creation in our redemption (Ro 8:18-21), then our actions here and now pertain to the same world that will one day be finally and fully renewed.”
– Michael Horton The Christian Faith
The Evangelical community, especially as of late, has seemed preoccupied by its differences and divisions.
Now, there is a healthy place for critique and debate. Yet in our focus on the ways we disagree, I fear we begin to forget just…
Christian Engagement with the Arts
“Filmmakers, screenwriters, artists, poets, and writers shape the thinking and values of a generation. Shakespeare recognized the transformational power of entertainment when he wrote “The play’s the thing, wherein I’ll catch the conscience of the king” (Hamlet, act 2, scene 2).
How would arts and entertainment be different if more missional believers were encouraged to pursue excellence and express kingdom values in the public square through the domain of arts and entertainment?” – Swanson and Williams, To Transform a City
Wednesday Giveaway – Routes and Radishes
What is Routes and Radishes about? The question of what it does and does not mean to be an Evangelical.
According to contributing author Allen Yeh “to be ‘Evangelical’ is not to be a denomination, but rather to be unified over the essentials (the Trinity; the uniqueness of Christ; the necessity of His death & resurrection; the authority of Scripture; etc). The moment we turn a nonessential issue into an essential issue is when (I argue) we’ve lost the spirit of Evangelicalism.”
There will be two winners, and the giveaway will run…