Posts in Historical Theology

Some Reflections on 1 Cor. 2:14

By Alan Gomes May. 8, 2013 10:37 a.m. Theology, Historical Theology, Apologetics, Evangelism, Philosophy, Spiritual Formation

The Bible is God’s very word and therefore carries the authority of God himself. And that word of God, Scripture tells us, is a powerful thing—“living and active and sharper than even a two-edged sword” (Heb. 4:12). It floods the soul with its resplendent rays, laying bare God’s truth and putting all darkness to flight. Yet, as this text tells us, not all receive the truth of this light, and some esteem it as folly itself. How can this be? If Scripture is “the power of God unto salvation” (Rom. 1:16), how could any reject its authoritative claims?

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Two wills in Jesus?

By John McKinley Mar. 28, 2013 12:26 p.m. Theology, Historical Theology

Dyothelitism means that Jesus possesses two wills, one divine and one human. God the Father and God the Son are distinct persons, but they share the same divine will. The difference of Jesus’ will from his Father’s will in Gethsemane is his human will. By incarnation, God the Son took up a second way of living as a man. He now possesses two natures. Each nature is complete, including a will for each. I define will as the spiritual capacity for desires and choice in the exercise of personal agency. A caution to remember is that these are mysterious operations (desiring, choosing) of mysterious realities (persons, wills, Trinity) that may leave us continuing to wonder even after thinking it all through as best we can. We will consider briefly Jesus’ divine will, his human will, the situation of Gethsemane, and how this affects our thinking about the Trinity.

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Under the Banyan with Bunyan, on Hell

By Joanne Jung Jan. 24, 2013 4:59 p.m. Theology, Historical Theology, Spiritual Formation

Hell. I don't think about this subject often, so you can imagine my surprise when I found such moving thoughts on hell from an author I regard: John Bunyan. 

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Transformed in Christ: Christology and the Christian Life in John Chrysostom

By Ashish Naidu Sep. 2, 2012 10:01 p.m. Theology, Historical Theology, Church Life, Spiritual Formation

I am delighted to announce the recent publication of my monograph titled, Transformed in Christ: Christology and the Christian Life in John Chrysostom, in the Princeton Theological Monograph Series, by Pickwick Publications (Imprint of Wipf and Stock).

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Thumbnails for remembering the Apostolic Fathers: Apostolic Fathers #8

By Kenneth Berding Jul. 30, 2012 11:23 a.m. Historical Theology, Church Life, New Testament

This is my last post (at least in this series) on the Apostolic Fathers.  But together with my class, we have come up with a list of thumbnail descriptions to help us remember the various writings of the Apostolic Fathers.  Here is our list (in the order we read these writings):

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How Christianity is Distinct in "To Diognetus": Apostolic Fathers #7

By Kenneth Berding Jul. 23, 2012 11:48 a.m. Historical Theology, Apologetics, Evangelism, New Testament

Here’s a chapter written by an unknown early Christian to an unbeliever named Diognetus that is well-worth the three minutes it will take you to read it.  This evangelist and apologist refers to Christians as “a new race or way of life” (Diogn. ch. 1).  In chapter 5 he unpacks the distinctiveness of Christians.

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Building a Better Small Group

By Joanne Jung Jul. 18, 2012 12:03 p.m. Historical Theology, Church Life, Ministry and Leadership, Spiritual Formation

My article, "Building a Better Small Group," was just posted by The Gospel Coalition. 

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