Biblicists and Biblicisms

What does it mean to say that our beliefs and practices are “biblical”? Broadly speaking, anyone appealing to the Bible for faith and life is a Biblicist practicing Biblicism. But as soon as we encounter the variety of ways people cite the Bible to establish their views, we see the need to think more carefully […]

Evangelicals and the Trinity: A Review of Fred Sanders’ The Deep Things of God

Evangelicals often see the doctrine of the Trinity as an abstract intellectual problem better left to the musings of theologians. Although officially affirming the doctrine as a matter of orthodoxy, we wonder, “Is the Trinity really significant at the street-level of our Christian life? Fred Sanders, professor of theology at Biola University, answers a resounding “Yes” in […]

Should Christians Read the Bible Like Any Other Book? A Review of Hans Boersma’s Scripture As Real Presence

Do we read Scripture with assumptions that fall short of the Bible’s own theological scope? Is our approach to Scripture indebted to the academy more than to Christ speaking by the Spirit in the Church? Have we sold our spiritual birthright for a bowl of materialist pottage? Hans Boersma, the J. I. Packer Professor of Theology at Regent Collage, thinks […]

The Lord Lightens My Darkness

Subterranean explorers speak of darkness that can be felt.  Any sojourner struggling with depression knows the feeling – that heavy sense of meaninglessness and hopelessness that blackens the light of life. Such lurking darkness is nothing if not resilient. Churchill’s black dog knows how to find us wherever we go, whatever we do. It may seem […]

The Advent of the Holy Spirit

  The Spirit hovered over creation from the beginning. Alongside the Father and the Word, he brought chaos to order (Gen 1:1-2), and filled creatures with God’s breath (Gen 2:7). Rushing upon the Judges with power, the Spirit overthrew Israel’s enemies (Judg 15:14-16). He anointed Moses, David, and the rest of the prophets, filling their […]

Three Truths to Contemplate on Ascension Day

“On this day not only have we been confirmed in our possession of paradise, but we have entered heaven in the person of Christ; through his inexpressible grace we have regained far more than we ever lost through the devil’s hatred.” Leo the Great Ascension Day often gets overlooked by evangelicals who don’t observe the […]