The Social Trinity and its Pitfalls

Have you ever heard the Trinity being described as a community of persons in mutual, voluntary, loving relationship with one another? Chances are that is a social theory of the Trinity that is being described. In the video below, theologian Dr. Karen Kilby discusses what social theories of the Trinity are and some of the problems they present in understanding the Trinity. Continue reading “The Social Trinity and its Pitfalls”

What did Paul mean by Grace?

Paul and the Gift by John M.G. Barclay, Lightfoot Professor of Divinity at Durham University, has in the short time since it’s release in 2015 has come to be quickly regarded as the most important book in New Testament scholarship in a generation. Professor Barclay offers some powerful insights on what Paul actually meant by grace which are not only useful to academics but something the entire church needs to hear. I have covered the seminal book before, which you can find here, but below is a very accessible but sufficiently detailed review of the below. Continue reading “What did Paul mean by Grace?”

COVID-19 & the Book of Job

In the interview below, Old Testament scholar John Walton shares profound and challenging insights from the Book of Job and how it pertains to the global pandemic. Continue reading “COVID-19 & the Book of Job”

A Definite Gospel (Part 1)

Among Christians, the gospel is considered foundational and we like to think that we know what it is. However, when you pay attention to how believers talk about it, there is some fuzziness regarding what it exactly is. Part of the reason for this imprecision is the fact that the gospel is central. Practically every theological issue orbits around it with varying degrees of separation. It is therefore quite easy to bundle issues into the gospel, especially if they are closely related, even though they might be quite distinct. Continue reading “A Definite Gospel (Part 1)”

Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs for Today

One of the most well-known phrases in the New Testament about music is that we should sing “psalms and hymns and spiritual songs” which is found in Ephesians 5:19 and Colossians 3:16. We need to know what this little phrase means to properly understand these scriptures and so we can properly live them out today. So what are psalms, hymns and spiritual songs?

First of all, what Paul and the early believers understood as music was obviously conditioned by their time. Music varies from culture to culture and from era to era so for instance, when the New Testament talks about hymns it clearly does not mean what we call hymns today. Therefore, we need to understand it in historical context what they meant by music. Continue reading “Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs for Today”