The following is a post I put up at the very inception of this blog The Evangelical Calvinist, when I started it in 2009 (after I had already been blogging elsewhere since 2005). It is an essay that Myk Habets provided for me as a guest post here at the blog. I want to repost this […]Read more "Union[s] with Christ According to evangelical Calvinism"
I need to repent again: Over the years I feel as if I have been too antagonistic towards classical Calvinist theology in general. My sense of repentance isn’t coming from a lack of passion and zeal for what we have been doing with evangelical Calvinist theology, instead my sense of repentance is coming from a […]Read more "Repenting of my Criticism of classical Calvinist Theology"
Imagination is the spice of life, and yet within the Christian subculture it has been suppressed; often out of fear. Fear that books that traffic in fantasy might open up the mind to worlds that are unsanctified and impervious to the holy heavy hand of God (or so it might go); indeed sometimes this might […]Read more "The Christian Imagination is a Terrible Thing to Waste: From Vanhoozer"
The International House of Prayer-University just hosted a debate between Brian Zahnd and Michael Brown, the debate was on differing views of the atonement. Zahnd essentially argued against the so called Penal Substitutionary Atonement (PSA, hereafter) theory, while Brown argued for it. Maybe you weren’t aware that there were differing views out there on this, […]Read more "The Atonement Debate (Zahnd and Brown): Some Historical Background and an Alternative to the Whole Thing"
Victoria Osteen’s recent faux pas (well some think it was a faux pas, I do) about God being happy when we are happy is a helpful illustrator of what I want to address in this mini-essay. For many North American evangelical Christians God has become our buddy in the sky, the God who snuggles up […]Read more "Turning to Ourselves Instead of God: The Evangelicals and Herman Bavinck"
Here is the pericope under consideration by both Karl Barth and N.T. Wright, respectively: 5 Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, 6 who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, 7 but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the […]Read more "Karl Barth and NT Wright on Philippians 2.5-11, ‘The Emptying’"
I am putting two posts from the past into one. This has come up again in my life, and I want to attempt to explain why as an evangelical Christian I think reading Karl Barth fits better with the aims of evangelical theology in general, than not. Typically evangelicals demonize Barth to the point that […]Read more "Why evangelicals Shouldn’t Fear Karl Barth"