But even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, you are blessed. And do not fear their intimidation, and do not be troubled, but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you yet with gentleness and reverence; and keep a good conscience so that in the thing in which you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ will be put to shame.  1 Peter 3: 14-16

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Sunday, 25 June 2017 17:05

Thoughts While Reading Chalmers

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image The command to do good, and to be good, sounds very deep and powerful. It vibrates with all the seriousness of a divine voice of command. Whenever I see it turning the heads and hearts of young people, I regard it with a kind of veneration: what a miracle to see young people fall in love with...

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image Sometimes the doctrine of the Trinity is presented as if it is the solution to the problems that would surface in mere (unipersonal) monotheism.

A merely unipersonal deity, it is said, could not be love, and therefore only on the grounds of Trinitarian revelation could the message that God is love...

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image Last summer (pretty much exactly one year ago) there was a mostly-online discussion of the doctrine of the Trinity in evangelical circles. It was a fast-moving, multi-platform scuffle on many fronts. There was a lot of heat, and also a lot of light, and several exceptionally good blog posts...

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Monday, 29 May 2017 04:09

Frederick Manning Sanders (1918-1945)

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image On Memorial Day, I just spent a few minutes scratching together some information on my paternal grandfather, who was the first Fred Sanders in my family line. There are four of us in the series, but all with different middle names.

I have a few photos of him in an album somewhere, but of course...

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Saturday, 27 May 2017 15:29

Onenesss Pentecostalism Article in Spanish

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image In 2006 I wrote an analysis of the movement known as Oneness Pentecostalism (sometimes called Apostolic or Jesus-Only), a form of non-Trinitarian teaching about Jesus. I wrote that article, and made it freely available on the web, because I consider Oneness teaching to be a serious error which I...

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Tuesday, 23 May 2017 14:38

I Will Set You Straight

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Everything you think you know about the Trinity is wrong. It’s been wrong for a long, long time; centuries, actually. But what I am about to tell you will set you straight once and for all. I will show you mysteries you have not known. And by the time I’m done, you will finally...

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Monday, 01 May 2017 16:24

So Send I You

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image At the end of John’s Gospel, the risen Christ says to the disciples: “As the Father has sent me, even so I am sending you.”

It’s such a stark statement that, when I get to preach on this text, I usually spend about half the sermon explaining what Jesus didn’t mean by...

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Monday, 24 April 2017 17:11

“Why So Much Preaching Is Lost Among Us”

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image The Puritan Isaac Ambrose (1604-1664) wrote a large book called Looking Unto Jesus. If I call it a devotional book, you’ll simply need to upgrade your notion of what a devotional book could be, or the condition to which all devotional books should aspire. Ambrose wrote it with the design of...

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Wednesday, 19 April 2017 04:17

A Few Writing Tips

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image Some tips on writing that I posted on a friend’s blog back in 2010, but which have gone missing from the internet since then. Lightly revised and updated, they still represent my best advice about the craft of writing.

1. Read for craft. Once you’ve got it in your head that you want to...

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Tuesday, 18 April 2017 04:17

Dennis Kinlaw and Christ-Like Love

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Last week during Holy Week, God called home one of his followers, Dennis Kinlaw (June 26, 1922—Monday, April 10). (Read the announcement here.) During the 1970’s and 80’s, Dr. Kinlaw served as the president of Asbury College,  a Christian liberal arts school with roots in the...

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Monday, 17 April 2017 15:46

The Triune God: A Video Study

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image If you’d like to hear –nay, see— my lectures on The Triune God (Zondervan, 2016), then here’s some good news: we recorded them.

Professionally produced, the brand new Video Study (also called The Triune God) features 2 hours and 35 minutes of me talking through the material...

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Thursday, 13 April 2017 16:11

Father and Son at the Cross

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image This is my last post in a series of theological preparations for Easter. The first post was about God experiencing death on the cross, and the second was about the two natures of Christ.

I’m not trying to clutter up your Holy Week with theology homework. I hope you’ll be attending...

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Tuesday, 11 April 2017 09:43

How the Real Word Really Became Real Flesh

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I’m no Bible Answer Man or anything, but I get a lot of questions around Easter time.

How can God be unchanging if the Son became Jesus?

What happened to the Trinity while the Son was dead?

How could God the Father and God the Son be divided on the cross?

How can you say God doesn’t suffer...

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Sunday, 09 April 2017 15:43

God Died on the Cross

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In the days leading up to Good Friday, I’m going to post a few theological answers to questions I get every year around this time. The answers will be unblushingly doctrinal, so prepare to put your thinking caps on.

This little series isn’t mainly about getting the theology right for its...

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Wednesday, 05 April 2017 21:00

Thoughts on the “Benedict Option” – A Lament

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For years Rod Dreher (senior editor at The American Conservative) has been writing about his “Benedict Option.” Now his book of the same title has finally appeared. To be honest, I have not been convinced by his articles addressing the Benedict Option and his book fails to convince me...

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Tuesday, 04 April 2017 07:17

New Essay, New Word

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image The new issue of the Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society is out, and it’s got plenty of Trinitarian theology in it. Don’t miss Scott Swain’s article on the Bible and the Trinity, and Gerald McDermott’s piece on the Trinity and world religions.

It’s also got...

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Monday, 27 March 2017 17:17

Grashop’s Bible Chart

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image I just came across this fascinating chart by T. Grashop. It’s printed in the front of the Geneva Bible, and it diagrams, using a tree of subdivisions, the way to read the Bible.

There are seven steps, and they start as far back as “earnestly…pray unto God” that he will...

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Sunday, 26 March 2017 17:05

Deep Things of God, Second Edition

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imageMy 2010 book The Deep Things of God: How the Trinity Changes Everything, is coming out in a second edition in April 2017.

Why? Because while the first edition has found a home in classrooms as well as churches, it contained a few obstacles that made it less useful than it could have been in church...

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imageAbout six months ago I did a couple of interviews with the folks at Grace Communion (click here for the first one). The second and final episode is now available. In it, Mike Morrison asks me about two of my favorite, most Trinitarian subjects: adoption and prayer.

Here’s an excerpt of what we...

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Thursday, 16 March 2017 02:00

Retrieving Eternal Generation

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image Scott Swain and I recently turned in the manuscript for a book called Retrieving Eternal Generation. It’s a collection of fifteen essays that we hope will go a long way toward securing Trinitarian theology’s classic form for contemporary theological work.

The last few decades have seen...

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Wednesday, 15 March 2017 03:16

The Distinct God of the Book of Job

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Robert Sokolowski has said that

The Christian God is presented as being so transcendent to the world that he could be, in undiminished goodness and greatness, even if the world were not. The Christian God can be distinguished from the world in this radical way. … In contrast, the gods of...

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Sunday, 12 March 2017 17:04

No More Theology Journals (Troeltsch 1900)

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image Ernst Troeltsch (1865-1923) was an influential German theologian, whose life project was to work out the logic of the historical sciences in the sphere of Christianity and culture. In his own theological work, he did not think that a thorough historicism would leave any room at all for normative...

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Thursday, 09 March 2017 15:58

Divine Affections Yes; Divine Passions No

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image Does God have emotions? Anybody who reads the Bible certainly finds God declaring himself to be full of love, full of anger, and many other things besides. So the answer seems obvious: Emotional God.

But as soon as you say it, it sounds odd and you catch yourself thinking it can’t be quite...

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Wednesday, 08 March 2017 16:20

Chapel in the Gym on the Shack in the Theater

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The release date for the movie version of The Shack was March 3. That morning (not having seen the film yet) I was the guest in Biola’s interview-format chapel session called The Biola Hour (the name is a callback to the school’s great radio heritage).

Mike Ahn and I talked about one...

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Wednesday, 08 March 2017 02:09

How to Read TWO Books (Erasmus Addlepate)

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File this under “weird books I have encountered.” Erasmus Addlepate’s 1940 How to Read Two Books:

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It’s obviously a spoof of Mortimer Adler’s How to Read a Book. You can tell from Addlepate’s supposed other books like How to Get Up int he Morning that he’s...

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