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When Theology Burns

Moses went away from the crowd into the wilderness. And there he came to a bush that burned incessantly like no other. He stood alone before the burning bush. And then, both parties begin to speak. That is precisely when theology begins to burn.

The Bible’s Church

Does the Bible belong to the church or does the church belong to the Bible? We tend to lose track of the profound influences...

Exile and New Life

The topic of exile and new life intersect with several pertinent matters today. The Assyrian and Babylonian exiles (or as some historians now describe...

The Canon of the New Testament

Even when we have come to a conclusion about the date and origin of the individual books of the New Testament, another question remains...

The Formation of the New Testament Canon

The term "canon" used with reference to the Bible means the collection of books which are received as divinely inspired and therefore authoritative for...

Canon: A Moving Target?

In our modern debates about the Bible, we have tended to quickly assume that we agree on which books belong in the Bible. We...

Stretching Scripture Too Far: Apocalyptic Prophecy as Mideast Policy Guide

Christians look to the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments as God’s authoritative revelation of his purposes for humankind. But these sacred texts,...

Lands of Promise and Conflict: The Middle East in Biblical Understanding

Anyone seeking to understand the Middle East cannot avoid this fact: it is the region where the events of the Bible took place. Jews...

Centers and Boundaries

If you’ve ever driven a car around a curve you’re familiar with the physical phenomenon of centrifugal force. It’s the tug you feel as...

Identifying Boundaries

What are the boundaries to Christian faith which if crossed, place a person outside of Christian faith? What is the content of Christian faith?...

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Calvin Meets Voltaire – An Interview with Jennifer Powell McNutt

Editor’s note: Since we are not the first Christians or congregational leaders in the Reformed tradition to swim against strong cultural and intellectual currents,...

A Theology of the Ordinary

So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life––your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life––and place it...

Is Theology Practical?

This address was delivered at Theology Matters’ first conference on Hilton Head Island, Feb. 19, 2020. I made an off-hand comment to Richard Burnett one...

On Reconciliation – Honoring the Work of Jesus Christ

Christ Jesus . . . has made us both one and has broken down in his flesh the dividing wall of hostility. Eph. 2:...

A Provocative Confession: Jesus as the Truth

The fact is confessing Jesus Christ as the way, the truth, and the life has always been provocative. It’s always been contested. It’s...