Matt Recker and The Gospel Coalition, Part 5: Inerrancy and Creationism
The foundational documents of The Gospel Coalition clearly articulate a commitment to the historic, orthodox understanding of biblical inerrancy. Nevertheless, one of the cofounders of TGC, Tim Keller, has positioned himself to defend at least some versions of theistic evolution and progressive creationism (the distinction is not always clear). In a white paper published through BioLogos, Keller claims that the first chapter of Genesis is “exalted prose narrative,” and that, because of its [more]
Upcoming trip to Brazil
Tomorrow afternoon I am taking off for Sao Paulo, Brazil, where I have been invited to speak at a conference of national pastors and missionaries. The theme of the conference is "The Gospel and Christian Affections." I will be preaching six sermons and presenting two workshops on that theme. Here are my sessions: The Source of Communion with God (2 Corinthians 4:1-6) Drawing Near to Communion with God (Hebrews 10:19-22) The Threat to Communion with God (2 [more]
Christian culture
We are in the midst of a series on New Testament implications of the idea that culture is essentially behavior. Here are the previous two implications: New Testament authors explain cultural differences between various people groups as differences of belief and value. New Testament authors identify people groups (ethnicities, tribes, nations, etc.) as those of common ancestral heritage who share common culture flowing from common values. The third implication is that New Testament authors demand that the culture of Christians be holy, pure, and distinct from the culture of unbelievers. Rather than understanding culture to be neutral, New Testament authors [more]
The Spirit Within and Hearts Aflame
How does the indwelling of the Spirit make living in God's presence an experiential reality? The Spirit reveals God to our worshipping spirits. Since God the Spirit reveals God the Son, his presence within us becomes God's immediate link of communion with us. Not that the Spirit works apart from his own chosen means of revealing Christ: the rightly-interpreted Word of God. Nevertheless, just as rightly-mixed chemicals can remain inert without a spark or an injection of energy, so rightly-interpreted Scriptures can remain lifeless to the believer unless the Spirit illuminates them. His ministry of granting believers spiritual insight, of [more]
Handbook for the Heart: Deuteronomy 17:18–20 and the Character of a Christian Leader
Last week we looked at Deut 17:14–17 and discovered three prohibitions for Israel’s kings that [more]
All Things to All Men | Part 2: Interpretative Principles
Before us are Paul's words to the Corinthians in 1 Corinthians 9:19-23: For though I am [more]
Culture and ethnicity
I am writing a series on implications of the idea that culture is essentially the [more]