Southern Baptists, Evangelicals, and the Future of Denominationalism

October 19, 2011Baptists, Evangelicalism, Reviews, Southern Baptists

On Credo’s “Reviews and Interviews” page, Aaron Menikoff, senior pastor of Mount Vernon Baptist Church, has written an insightful review of Southern Baptists, Evangelicals, and the Future of Denominationalism, edited by David S. Dockery (Nashville: B&H, 2011). I did not grow up Southern Baptist. In fact, I didn’t grow up in a Christian home. At … Read More

It is not time to write the Eulogy…not yet Schmidt

October 18, 2011Matthew Barrett

By Matthew Barrett Frederick Schmidt, an Episcopal priest and the Director of Spiritual Formation and Associate Professor of Christian Spirituality at Southern Methodist University, wrote an article back in March (2011) that has motivated (at least partially) to conduct an online symposium on the future of seminary education. Schmidt’s provocative title reads, “Is It … Read More

Review of Charles Hodge: Guardian of American Orthodoxy

October 18, 2011Calvinism, Magazine Article-The Living Word-Oct 2011, Reformed, Reviews

Charles Hodge: Guardian of American Orthodoxy. By Paul C. Gutjahr. New York: Oxford University Press, 2011. Reviewed by Jeff Straub Professor of Historical Theology at Central Baptist Theological Seminary One of the best ways to understand important historical movements is through the lives of those most directly involved. Charles Hodge (1797-1878) lived through the turbulent … Read More

Jesus Loves Religious People, Too

October 18, 2011Gospel, Jesus, Luke Stamps

By Luke Stamps Jesus is a friend of sinners.  It is a glorious gospel truth that Jesus befriends those who are entangled in sinful and complicated circumstances and loves them even when ostensibly religious people do not.  We see this countercultural acceptance of sinners throughout the Gospel accounts, as Jesus extends divine forgiveness to tax … Read More

The Clarity and Sufficiency of Scripture

October 17, 2011Inerrancy, Inspiration, Magazine Article-The Living Word-Oct 2011, Scripture

By Gregg Allison Just as we can describe the characteristics or attributes of God—our triune God is self-existent, omnipotent, eternal, holy, omnipresent, truthful, and so forth—so we can rehearse the characteristics or attributes of Scripture: canonical Scripture is inspired by the Holy Spirit, wholly true in all that it affirms (inerrant), authoritative, necessary, powerful to … Read More

Interview with Mark Strauss

October 17, 2011Hermeneutics, Interviews, Scripture

Should we interpret the Old Testament differently than the New Testament? When and how should we apply a passage of scripture to our contemporary situation? Was the Bible written to us? These are questions that get to the heart of the discipline of hermeneutics. Over at Credo’s “Reviews and Interviews” page, Mark Strauss answers questions … Read More

Baptists through the Centuries

October 17, 2011Book Notes

On Credo’s “Reviews and Interviews” page, Adam Winters has written a thoughtful review of David Bebbington’s new book, Baptists through the Centuries. Adam begins, For the last couple of decades, teachers and students of Baptist history have lacked a sufficient introductory textbook that is both readable and up-to-date on the comprehensive history of the Baptist … Read More

This Week’s Book Notes

October 14, 2011Book Notes, Matthew Barrett

By Matthew Barrett The Meaning of Marriage: Facing the Complexities of Commitment with the Wisdom of God. By Timothy Keller with Katthy Keller. New York: Dutton, 2011. Whether you are single or married, when November 1st comes you need to take a trip to your local bookstore, grab some coffee, and buy a copy of … Read More

Joshua Greever Reviews Ephesians, by Clinton E. Arnold

October 14, 2011Magazine Article-The Living Word-Oct 2011, Reviews

Ephesians. Zondervan Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament. By Clinton E. Arnold. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2010. Reviewed by Joshua Greever Clinton Arnold has provided the church with an excellent commentary on Ephesians. In keeping with the quality of the commentaries in the Zondervan Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament series, this volume is full of insights … Read More

Christianity and Postmodernity: An Interview with Stephen Wellum

October 13, 2011Luke Stamps, Postmodernism

Postmodernism as an intellectual and philosophical movement has been with us for several decades now.  Some have even suggested that we are now moving into a post-postmodern context in Western culture.  Nevertheless, the effects of postmodernism will survive long after its status wanes in French philosophy departments or avant-garde art communities.  As Richard Weaver once … Read More

Cultivating Godliness in College

October 12, 2011College, Nathan Finn

By Nathan Finn We’ve all heard the horror stories. Some of us have been the horror stories. A student grows up in a Bible-believing church where she has professed faith in Christ and participated in a numerous programs designed to help nurture her in that faith. By the time she graduates from high school, she … Read More

The Christian Faith

October 11, 2011Reviews

Over at Credo’s “reviews and interviews” page, Matthew Claridge reviews Michael Horton’s outstanding new systematic theology, The Christian Faith (Zondervan, 2011). Claridge begins, Michael Horton is a remarkably productive man not only in terms of the quantity of his output but also in terms of its quality. Possessing both of those together is a truly … Read More

Video Interview with Thomas Schreiner

October 11, 2011Bible, Inerrancy, Thomas Schreiner

Matthew Barrett and Oren Martin had the honor of sitting down with Thomas Schreiner, professor of New Testament at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and preaching pastor at Clifton Baptist Church, to talk about the role Scripture has played in his own life and ministry. Part 1 – The role of Scripture in Tom’s conversion, … Read More

Thomas Schreiner reviews “Justification: Five Views”

October 10, 2011Magazine Article-The Living Word-Oct 2011, Thomas Schreiner

Justification: Five Views. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2011. Edited by James K. Beilby and Paul Rhodes Eddy. With contributions by Michael S. Horton, Michael F. Bird, James D. G. Dunn, Veli-Matti Kärkkäinen, Gerald O’Collins S.J. and Oliver P. Rafferty. (Intervarsity Press). With the rise of the ecumenical movement and the new perspective on Paul … Read More

The Living Word

October 10, 2011Magazine Article-The Living Word-Oct 2011

In case you were not with us last week, you will not want to miss the October issue of Credo Magazine, “The Living Word.” [issuu width=420 height=231 backgroundColor=%23222222 documentId=111004125903-7a9245a15ca1450ba2e83e5f97a58fd5 name=the_living_word-oct_2011 username=credomagazine tag=evangelicals unit=px id=a9f431c1-edfa-8fbd-5a02-49600bf61ac9 v=2] To view the publication click here The October issue, “The Living Word,” is now available! Is Scripture inspired by God … Read More

This Week’s Winner is…

October 7, 2011Giveaways

    Scott, at, you are this week’s winner! You have won: Perspectives on the Sabbath: Four Views. Contributors include: Christopher John Donato, Charles P. Arand, Craig L. Blomberg and Skip MacCart.  Moral Apologetics for Contemporary Christians: Pushing Back Against Cultural and Religious Critics. By Mark Coppenger. The World and the Word: An Introduction … Read More

Inspiration, Inerrancy, and the Trustworthiness of God

October 7, 2011Inerrancy, Inspiration, Magazine Article-The Living Word-Oct 2011, Matthew Barrett

By Matthew Barrett “The notion of an inerrant text is inappropriately idolatrous.” Such a provocative statement comes from John Polkinghorne in his recent book, Testing Scripture. I don’t know about you, but I never considered evangelicals to be either inappropriate or idolatrous when it comes to affirming inerrancy. But nonetheless, this is the charge leveled … Read More

Fred Zaspel Reviews Christian Smith’s “The Bible Made Impossible”

October 7, 2011Hermeneutics, Inerrancy, Magazine Article-The Living Word-Oct 2011, Reviews

The Bible Made Impossible: Why Biblicism Is Not a Truly Evangelical Reading of Scripture. By Christian Smith. Brazos Press, 2011. Review by Fred Zaspel Many Christians have puzzled over the fact that interpretations of Scripture differ so widely among equally devoted Christians, but few have pursued the question with the tenacity of Christian Smith in … Read More

10 Questions with Bruce Ware

October 6, 2011Magazine Article-The Living Word-Oct 2011

Interview by Oren Martin Professor and author Bruce Ware discusses family, theology, and challenges we’ll be facing in the next 20 years   How did you become a Christian? My parents and grandparents (who lived nearby) were committed Christians.  I learned at a young age of my sin and the reality of divine judgment, and … Read More