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The Foundation of the New Perspective

Article by   August 2017
Admittedly the New Perspective on Paul (NPP) isn't so new anymore. As a significant scholarly hermeneutical movement, it goes back at least as far as the late 1970s with the groundbreaking work of E. P. Sanders. It goes back even further if we take into consideration the endeavors of a Montefiore and a Moore. The NPP is old enough now to have had a plethora of erudite nuanced critical responses. One of the most recent, and I would suggest, best interactions with the NPP is Robert Cara's Cracking the Foundation of the New Perspective on Paul. continue

Echoes of Scripture in the Gospels

Article by   June 2017
Echoes of Scripture in the Gospels is sure to set a new standard for the study of the Old Testament in the Gospels, and deservedly so. For those who are seeking both clarity in how to read the OT along with the authors of the Gospels, and insight into the particular ways in which the Evangelists handled dozens of text of OT Scripture, ESG will not disappoint. continue

Lectures in Systematic Theology: The Doctrine of God

Article by   February 2017
With the release of Lectures in Systematic Theology: the Doctrine of God, Greg Nichols has given us a feast that is marvelously pastoral and practical, deeply theological and consistently exegetical. continue

Seven Marks of a Puritan Pulpit Ministry

Article by   February 2017
In its reform of the pulpit ministry of England, assembly members agreed on the rough outlines of a sketch of preachers and preaching. This final study summarizes seven points of a mainstream puritan vision for the pulpit as articulated by the Westminster assembly and its members. continue

Praying the Psalms in Christ

Article by   December 2016
If we are to interpret the Psalms as Christian scripture, I believe that we need to interpret them "in Christ." This does not mean interpreting all of the Psalms simply as predictions of Jesus Christ, or as expositions of New Testament doctrine. continue

God's Ambassadors: Advice for Preachers

Article by   November 2016
If a hundred preachers could agree on advice to be given to other ministers, it would probably be worth weighing their wisdom on the subject. This is just what the Westminster Assembly offered in a "sub-directory" on preaching within the body's larger Directory for Worship. continue

The Hermeneutics of Lament (Part 3)

Article by   November 2016
As I have spoken to college students, cancer patients, and many others in the last year about lament, many of the Christians assume that they should just jump to the end of Psalms of laments if they are to pray them at all: "I trusted in your steadfast love; my heart shall rejoice in your salvation," in the words of Psalm 13. Why? Because the other parts of the Psalm are too close to "anger" or "complaining." But with this approach, we cannot actually receive and pray the psalms of laments as scripture, apart from the "happy ending" in their final resolutions. This approach fails to receive the Psalms as a prayer book for the church today. continue

God's Ambassadors: A Plan for the Presbyteries

Article by   October 2016
It is not easy to supply a war-torn country with sufficient preachers for every community, and for the navy and army as well. This was the experience of the Westminster Assembly in the 1640s during England's civil war, and it was difficult to know what to do about it. continue

Longenecker on Romans

Article by   September 2016
Because of the impact of Romans on the Church's overall theology, commentaries on Romans tend to take on disproportionally more importance than, for example, commentaries on Micah. Richard N. Longenecker has just produced a large (1,207 pages) scholarly commentary on Romans in the prestigious New International Greek Testament Commentary series. His The Epistle to the Romans: A Commentary on the Greek Text has a distinctive thesis as to the "central thrust" of Romans continue

Slavery and the Bible

Article by   September 2016
It is hard to imagine a more challenging historical and scriptural topic than slavery. It has become ammunition used by skeptics who have denounced the Bible as fundamentally immoral. I believe that maturing Christians should grapple with these kinds of Bible "problems," instead of just assuming that the Scriptures give us transparent answers to all of life and history's conundrums. continue

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