Blog Posts by Mark Jones

Pastors: Carousels or Buffaloes?

Article by   December 2014
The best theologians have typically been pastors (e.g., Augustine, Calvin, Owen, Edwards). And the theologians I enjoy reading the most are those who had/have real pastoral experience. There is a purpose to their writing that sometimes isn't found when scholars... continue

A Sidebar

Article by   December 2014
Roger Olson is reviewing Oliver Crisp's new book, Deviant Calvinism. I plan to do some interacting with Crisp's book in the new year. The Reformed tradition is diverse, but there is the thorny question of just how diverse. I have... continue

Undervaluing Christ's Obedience?

Article by   December 2014
We must be careful not to speak flippantly about Christ's obedience. The nature, quality, and difficulty of what he actually went through in order to save us will always be beyond our abilities to fully grasp in this life; but... continue

Heaven Kissed Earth: The Incarnation

Article by   December 2014
What is the incarnation? It is the kissing of heaven and earth. To borrow a phrase from Thomas Goodwin, when the Son became flesh, "Heaven and Earth met and kissed one another, namely, God and man." The incarnation makes theology possible.... continue

Meeting Paul Levy (But thankfully not Lee Gate-iss)

Article by   December 2014
I spent the last three days with Paul Levy and his family. Great fun.Levy gave me directions to get to a train near his house, but the grammar and spelling were so bad that I ended up in a hot... continue

Theistic Evolution

Article by   December 2014
After discussing the tensions among evolutionists concerning the precise mechanism of evolution, I thought it might be good to address the underlying metaphysical assumptions of words that are used in the academy, such as "evolution." The explanatory power of the Neo-Darwinian synthesis... continue

Embracing Evolution: But Which Model?

Article by   November 2014
Contrary to popular opinion, Charles Darwin did not invent the theory of biological evolution. But his famous work, The Origin of Species, certainly gave impetus to an idea that would quickly become orthodoxy in the scientific establishment. In his work... continue

Blow-out Price for a (Hardcover) Book on John Owen

Article by   November 2014
Alright folks, here is a great Christmas present to get someone who likes John Owen, the Puritans, or Reformed theology: The Ashgate Research Companion to John Owen's Theology, edited by Kelly Kapic and Mark Jones.The price has been dramatically reduced... continue

Ant Farm 101

Article by   November 2014
Sitting in the Heathrow airport en route to Johannesburg to lecture Seminary students, I thought it might be good to disclose my vision for a course at Seminary that, I believe, is nowhere offered at any major Reformed seminary in... continue

Weak on Holiness

Article by   November 2014
A recent post on Reformation21 was removed by the author. But thanks be to the Aquila "Report" (quotes mine), republication is truly well and alive. The author on the Aquila "Report" takes issue with a certain Ref21 blogger for undermining good... continue
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