Is the Trinity Essential?

“The problem is, of course, that many, perhaps most, Christians have little or no understanding of the doctrine of the Trinity. And they couldn’t care less. I once was a member of a church with the word “Trinity” in its name. During the eight years I attended there faithfully I don’t think I heard a single sermon on the Trinity. And I am almost sure that had I polled the congregation few would have been able to express, let alone explain, the doctrine of the Trinity. Continue reading “Is the Trinity Essential?”

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)”