Category Archives: J. Todd Billings

Picking at Calvin’s Wax Nose: Union with Christ or Forensic Salvation? An Impasse

Often here at The Evangelical Calvinist I refer to the language of union with Christ, and Calvin’s “mystical union” (unio mystica). This is the stuff that makes ‘EC’ go round; that is pressing this Pauline idea of ‘in Christ’ theology … Continue reading

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Theology and Cancer: Genuine Christian Theology and How it Comforts Through Revelation

Cancer and theology: my friend Todd Billings has written a book on the relationship between cancer and theology; motivated by his own diagnosis with an incurable cancer known as multiple myeloma. As many of you know I too, back in … Continue reading

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Experiencing Resurrection Hope: A Reflection on the Feeling of Being Set Free from Cancer

Today was a long day coming; it represented a certain kind of landmark for me and my wife and kids! Today was the last time I had to have a CT scan to check if I had had a recurrence … Continue reading

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The Great Orientation: Reading the Bible in Light of the Primacy of Jesus

There is a whole new way (which is really an old way) of interpreting Scripture; it is the way of the New Testament authors (and Apostles) themselves. As an evangelical Christian, trained in the N. American evangelical ways of biblical … Continue reading

Posted in Christology, Hermeneutics, J. Todd Billings | 6 Comments

Book Review. Rejoicing in Lament: Wrestling with Incurable Cancer & Life in Christ by J. Todd Billings

Rejoicing in Lament: Wrestling with Incurable Cancer & Life in Christ by J. Todd Billings (2015) ISBN. 978-1-58743-358-0 (201 pages) Todd Billings is Gordon H. Girod Research Professor of Reformed Theology at Western Theological Seminary in Holland, Michigan. He has … Continue reading

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The “Avoidance” of Death [Billings and McGill]

Tragically a recent acquaintance of mine, Fr. Matthew Baker, just died as he was driving his vehicle in the weather (in the East Coast of North America) and had an accident; he died, but his six children were spared (please … Continue reading

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I. Open Theism and Cancer. J. Todd Billings and John Sanders

I was going to try and do this in one post, but it will be too long; so I am breaking these postings up into two installments (this one and the next one forthcoming). In this first post I will … Continue reading

Posted in Doctrine Of God, J. Todd Billings, John Sanders, Open Theism, Philosophical Theology, Philosophy

“… it is not Scripture which is self-interpreting, but God who as Word interprets himself through the Spirit’s work.”

The perspicuity of Holy Scripture is something quite central to the Protestant Reformation, in principle. In other words, for the Protestant Reformers and reformed, the clarity of Scripture as to things having to do with who God is and what … Continue reading

Posted in Biblical Interpretation, Biblical Studies, Doctrine Of Creation, Doctrine Of God, Doctrine of God, Doctrine of Scripture, Herman Bavinck, J. Todd Billings, John Webster | 4 Comments

The Church as the ‘Translated’ Faith, a Maasai Creed, and the Dominant ‘Faith of Christ’

The domination of Biblical exegesis and Theological development by White male Europeans in the church’s history continues to be a mantra chanted by many who are seeking to do exegesis and theology from a post-colonial, anti-empire hermeneutic; in other words, … Continue reading

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How evangelicals, mainliners, and progressives share inerrancy

Inerrancy continues to maintain a rather elevated status among both evangelical Christians and mainline Christians (and progressive Christians) alike; for the former it is in the affirmative, for the latter grouping it is in the negative. But both ‘sides’ are … Continue reading

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