There is some misunderstanding in evangelicalism about the meaning of "sola scriptura" (Scripture alone). It would take a bit of time and space to go into detail on this statement. For now, I just want to point out one aspect of sola scriptura that people almost always forget: the important place of tradition in biblical… Continue reading Sola Scriptura and Tradition (Vanhoozer/Muller)
Scripture has much to say about thinking, the mind, and human reason. Most of us probably know some of the main verses in Scripture about these topics: ...lean not on your own understanding (Prov. 3:5), ...be transformed by the renewal of your mind... (Rom 12:2), ...take every thought captive to obey Christ (2 Cor. 10:5),… Continue reading Theological Thinking (Vanhoozer)
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