Christian doctrine is not an end in itself. In other words, the Christian doesn't learn doctrinal truths just to learn doctrinal truths and brag that he knows quite a bit of doctrine. Instead, Christian doctrine helps the Christian live for God; it helps him or her live a life that pleases God. I appreciate how… Continue reading Theology Is An Eminenty Practical Affair (Vanhoozer)
I’m often amazed and even edified when several different preachers or commentators preach or comment on the same text and emphasize different themes, points, and applications. It’s good for us as Christians to realize that Scripture is quite deep and rich; it’s not like one sermon or one commentary can say all there is to… Continue reading One Text, One Meaning?
It probably goes without saying that in conservative evangelical circles there’s a “gospel” movement. I mean this in a positive way: evangelicals are using phrases like “gospel-centered” this or that. Although these types of phrases are sometimes ambiguous and somewhat trendy, I’m glad Christians are focusing on the gospel. At the same time, I wonder… Continue reading Gospel-This and Gospel-That
Here are some great words about texts and their meaning in our postmodern context.“The basic problem with the postmodern liberation of the reader from dominant interpretations is that it fails to free readers from themselves. The irony of this liberation from fixed orders is that the postmodern self becomes free and responsible only by emptying… Continue reading An Interpretive Realist
In the pages between the hunter-orange covers of Kevin Vanhoozer’s book, The Drama of Doctrine, there is some excellent biblical theology. Andrew and I have both benefited from this book in several ways. Here’s a quote from page 111 that talks about how Christians are ultimately citizens of the age to come who (for now)… Continue reading Stretched Between Two Poles