Bearing our Scorn: Jesus and the Way of Trinitarian Love

The apostolic witness to the world is that the Father’s Son himself has come. The one who is face to face with the Father from all eternity, the one who dwells in the Father’s bosom,1 has come across all worlds to meet us and to relate to us in our brokenness. The eternal Word of God became flesh, as John said, to tabernacle, to dwell with us.2 Accepting the apostolic witness at face value, could anything be more astonishing than such humble stooping by the Father’s eternal Son? What could be more amazing than the Creator of the universe, the one in and through and by and for whom all things were created and are constantly sustained,3 entering into his own creation and becoming human to be with us?

A Note on Jesus Christ and the Church

A Note on Jesus Christ and the Church

To speak the name of Jesus Christ, biblically and in the tradition of the early church is to say Trinity, and it is to say humanity, and it is to say cosmos, and it is to say that the Triune God, the human race and the cosmos are not separated, but bound together in relationship, in union, in covenant forever...

The Gospel of St. John 1:1-18

The Gospel of St. John 1:1-18

The Gospel of St. John 1:1-18.  Paraphrase by C. Baxter Kruger, Ph.D.

Before the time of the beginning, the Word was face to face with God. He was there before the ages in intimate union with God, and fully God...

The Genius of The Shack

The Genius of The Shack

A few years back the marketing team for the movie The Shack asked me to write a short piece about the book that could be used to promote the movie.  I wrote a three page essay entitled, "The Genius of The Shack" and emailed it to the marketing group, and forgot about it...

A Discourse On Method

A Discourse On Method

Over against Schleiermacher, who sought to penetrate the logic of his deep inner feelings and build his doctrine of God and his theology by working out the implications...
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Israel As The Womb Of The Incarnation

Israel As The Womb Of The Incarnation

In Jesus Christ, the Father’s eternal Son himself has come to be with fallen Israel, and in Israel with the human race in its alienation from God.

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The Light Of The Cosmos

The Light Of The Cosmos

Is it possible to overestimate Jesus Christ? Is it possible to give Jesus a place in our theological vision that is over the top...
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The Truth Of All Truths

The Truth Of All Truths

When we hear the name of Jesus today, we instinctively think of an individual man who lived, died on a cross, and rose again.
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The Unconditional Freeness Of The Gospel - Part Two

The Unconditional Freeness Of The Gospel - Part Two

What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? 

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The Unconditional Freeness Of The Gospel - Part One

The Unconditional Freeness Of The Gospel - Part One

I believe there are many people who oppose the doctrine of justification by faith, from an honest conviction, that it negates the need for the practice of Christian morals. 
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