Paul and the Old Testament Scriptures (Childs)

Here's an interesting book that gives an overview of the interpretation of Isaiah from the early church (Justin Martyr, Irenaeus, etc.) to the modern era: The Struggle to Understand Isaiah as Christian Scripture by Brevard Childs. I'm still making my way through the book, but so far it's been helpful. I don't always agree with… Continue reading Paul and the Old Testament Scriptures (Childs)

Sola Scriptura and Tradition (Vanhoozer/Muller)

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)

To Seminary Students and Pastors (Newton)

John Newton's letters are pieces of literature that I often go back to in my life and ministry. Although there are other historical and Christian letters that have been a blessing to me, for some reason Newton's letters always strike a chord in my heart and mind. This afternoon as I was reading a certain… Continue reading To Seminary Students and Pastors (Newton)

The Benefits of Hiding God’s Word in Our Hearts

In volume six of his Works, Thomas Manton has a series of sermons on Psalm 119. This is great devotional literature. Each sermon is around nine pages long. These sermons are outlined well so it's easy to follow along. Yesterday I read Manton's sermon on Psalm 119:11 (In my heart I store up your words,┬áso… Continue reading The Benefits of Hiding God’s Word in Our Hearts

The Historical Progress of Supernatural Revelation (Vos)

I've read the following paragraph by Geerhardus Vos so many times I've lost count. It's so rich and full of very helpful insight. You can find it in his Shorter Writings. The title of the chapter is "The Idea of Biblical Theology as a Science and as a Theological Discipline." Vos gave this lecture as… Continue reading The Historical Progress of Supernatural Revelation (Vos)