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The Story of His Glory

Jun 21, 2010 | Justin Taylor

The Glory of God is the new second volume in Crossway’s “Theology in Community” series, edited by Christopher Morgan and Robert Peterson. It has chapters like “The Glory of God in the Old Testament” (Tremper Longman), “The Glory of God in John’s Gospel and Revelation” (Andreas Kostenberger), “The Glory of God in Paul’s Epistles” (Richard Gaffin), and “A Pastoral Theology of the Glory of God” (Bryan Chapell). Morgan’s chapter (“Toward a Theology of the Glory of God”) is very helpful in surveying the various ways in which “God’s glory” is used throughout Scripture. Here is his summary statement: the triune God who is glorious displays his glory, largely through his creation, image-bearers, providence, and redemptive acts. God’s people respond by glorifying him. God receives glory and, through uniting his people to Christ, shares his glory with them—all to his glory. (p. 159) Here is a more detailed summary of God’s intrinsic and extrinsic glory: The God who is intrinsically glorious (glory possessed) graciously and joyfully displays his glory (glory displayed), largely through his creation, image-bearers, providence, and redemptive acts. God’s people respond by glorifying him (glory ascribed). God receives glory (glory received) and, through uniting them to the glorious Christ, shares his glory with them (glory shared)—all to his glory (glory purposed, displayed, ascribed, received, and graciously shared throughout eternity). It could be argued that the entire biblical plotline of creation, fall, redemption, and consummation is the story of God’s glory. (p. 160) The glory of God is such a …

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When Was Jesus Born?

Dec 12, 2009 | Justin Taylor

If you want a helpful introduction to the issue of when Jesus was born (and when other events in his life happened), check out Paul Maier’s article, “The Date of the Nativity and the Chronology of Jesus’ Life,” originally published in Chronos, Kairos, Christos: Nativity and Chronological Studies presented to Jack Finegan, ed. J. Vardaman (Winona Lake, IN: Eisenbrauns, 1989), 113-130. Maier argues that Jesus was born in the latter half of 5 B.C. (perhaps November), and that he died on Friday, April 3, A.D. 33. HT: Andreas Kostenberger

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The Cradle, the Cross, and the Crown

Apr 24, 2009 | Justin Taylor

This August B&H Academic will publish The Cradle, the Cross, and the Crown: An Introduction to the New Testament, by Andreas J. Köstenberger, L. Scott Kellum, and Charles L. Quarles. I mention it now in case any professors want to consider picking it up for their classes this Fall. You can download for free chapter 8, on the Book of Acts. Also, B&H is offering a very nice feature for professors. If you adopt the book for your classroom, you can get nicely designed Power Point slides to accompany the book (one set is designed for a one-semester course, and another set is designed for a two-semester course). You can download for free the slides for chapter 4, on the Gospel According to Matthew. Here are some of the blurbs: “Among the finest such studies of recent decades in classic matters of New Testament introduction. What sets it apart includes: (1) attention to theology and the history of interpretation; (2) extended presentation of the history of New Testament times and the rise of the canon; (3) appropriate rigor; (4) frequently creative layout features; and (5) conceptual clarity. Beyond an impressive digest of scholarship, it is an appeal to faithful appropriation of the New Testament’s message.” –Robert W. Yarbrough “Clear, thorough, up to date, and engaging all the contemporary alternatives people are putting forward . . . discerning and judicious. Well done and highly recommended.” –Darrell L. Bock “Among available New Testament introductions for theological students this one stands out for …

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Piper’s This Momentary Marriage and Velvet Steel

Apr 17, 2009 | Justin Taylor

John Piper’s book, This Momentary Marriage: A Parable of Permanence, is now available in hardcover. In addition, a hardcover edition of this little book is now in as well: Velvet Steel: The Joy of Being Married to You: Selections from the Poems of John Piper. Following verses like 1 Corinthians 7:29; Luke 14:26; Luke 18:29-30 Piper writes: I take those verses to mean: Marriage is a good gift of God, but the world is fallen, and sin abounds, and obedience is costly, and suffering is to be expected, and “a person’s enemies will be those of his own household” (Matt. 10:36). High romance and passionate sexual intimacy and precious children may come. But hold them loosely — as though you were not holding them. This is what Bonhoeffer represents. To keep his life and meaning before us throughout this book, I will let him speak briefly on the facing pages at the beginning of each chapter. Romance, sex, and childbearing are temporary gifts of God. They are not part of the next life. And they are not guaranteed even for this life. They are one possible path along the narrow way to Paradise. Marriage passes through breathtaking heights and through swamps with choking vapors. It makes many things sweeter, and with it come bitter providences. [p. 16] Here are some endorsements for Momentary Marriage: “Theologically, this book exalts human marriage as a metaphor for the ultimate love story in Christ. Practically, it applies that glorious vision of grace to our …

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God, Marriage, and Family

Apr 02, 2009 | Justin Taylor

Mark Driscoll highly recommends (as I would, too) Andreas Kostenberger’s book, God, Marriage, and Family: Rebuilding the Biblical Foundation: Recommending “God, Marriage, and Family” from Mars Hill Church on Vimeo. HT: Crossway Blog Watch Driscoll’s whole sermon on marriage and men here. Update: More Driscoll recommendations on marriage and family here.

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ESV Study Bible Online: Free for the Month of March

Mar 03, 2009 | Justin Taylor

Crossway announced yesterday that they were making the Online ESV Study Bible available free to anywhere, anywhere, for the entire month of March. A couple of features worth noting: You can listen to the audio of the ESV from narrator David Cochran Heath. You can take and save your own notes in the Online ESVSB. You can highlight words and verses in several different colors. I’ve included below links to everything in the Study Bible, along with contributors: Introduction Introduction: A User’s Guide to the ESV Study Bible Contributors Preface to the English Standard Version Overview of the Bible: A Survey of the History of Salvation (Poythress) Maps, Charts, and Illustrations The Old Testament The Theology of the Old Testament (Collins) Old Testament Timeline: An Overview The Hebrew Calendar Compared to the Gregorian (Modern) Calendar (chart) The Date of the Exodus History of Salvation in the Old Testament (notes by Poythress on how OT passages point to Christ) Pentateuch Introduction to the Pentateuch (Wenham) Genesis (Alexander) Exodus (Harris) Leviticus (Currid, Kiuchi, Sklar) Numbers (Wenham) Deuteronomy (Barker) Historical Books Introduction to the Historical Books (Howard) Joshua (Long) Judges (Howard) Ruth (Bergey) 1 Samuel – 2 Samuel (Tsumura) 1 Kings – 2 Kings (Provan) 1 Chronicles – 2 Chronicles (Kelly) Ezra, Nehemiah (McConville) Esther (Webb) Poetic and Wisdom Literature Introduction to the Poetic and Wisdom Literature (Reimer) Job (Harris, Konkel) Psalms (Collins) Proverbs (Garrett, Harris) Ecclesiastes (Rogland) Song of Solomon (Collins, Stewart) Major Prophets Introduction to the Prophetic Books (House) Isaiah (Ortlund) …

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Kostenberger: The Best Books in Biblical and Theological Studies in 2008

Dec 03, 2008 | Justin Taylor

Andreas Kostenberger: The end (of the year) is near, and once again it’s time to list the best books in biblical and theological studies that appeared in 2008. This year seems to have been an especially fruitful year for publications in these areas. Read his annotated list here.

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Fred Sanders: Why Professors Blog

Nov 25, 2008 | Justin Taylor

Fred Sanders: It’s easy enough to find horror stories of professors “fired for blogging” (just google the phrase), or job applicants who suspect their strong online opinions have rendered them less than hireable. But what I wanted was evidence that somebody had been hired for blogging, or promoted for it, or that professors were using new media activity to make progress on their professorial goals. Instead of just brainstorming about my own reasons, I interviewed a handful of my favorite academic bloggers in my own field, Bible and theology. Here are some of the most helpful remarks from Michael Bird, Scot McKnight, Andreas Köstenberger, and Peter Leithart. Read the whole thing.

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Twelve Theses on the Mission of the Church in the 21st Century

Oct 03, 2008 | Justin Taylor

Andreas Kostenberger: The church’s mission–in both belief and practice–should be grounded in the biblical theology of mission. Reflection on the church’s mission should be predicated upon the affirmation of the full and sole authority of Scripture. The church’s mission should be conceived primarily in terms of the church’s faithfulness and responsiveness to the missionary mandate given by the Lord Jesus Christ as recorded in Scripture. The church’s understanding of its mission should be hermeneutically sound. The church’s mission is to be conceived ultimately in theocentric rather than anthropocentric terms. The church’s mission, properly and biblically conceived, is to be trinitarian in its orientation, but not at the expense of neglecting the distinct roles of the three persons within the Godhead. The contemporary context of the church’s mission, while important, ought not to override the church’s commitment to the authority of Scripture, its need to be grounded in the biblical theology of mission, and the understanding of its task in terms of faithfulness to the gospel. The church is the God-ordained agent of his mission in this world today. The way in which the kingdom of God is extended in this world today is through regenerate believers acting out their Christian faith in their God-assigned spheres of life: the church, their families, their workplace, the societies in which they live (Eph 5:18-6:9; 1 Pet 2:13-3:7). There is no true lasting social transformation apart from personal conversion through repentance and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. Human organization does not necessarily entail …

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Response to Gushee on Palin and Complementarianism

Sep 18, 2008 | Justin Taylor

Denny Burk does a nice job answering David Gushee’s questions that supposedly reveal complementarian inconsistency with regard to supporting Sarah Palin. Update: Andreas Kostenberger weighs in with another angle: These are clever questions indeed, questions that Gushee seems to think are virtually irrefutable and that conservative evangelical Christians are unable to answer. My purpose in this brief response is not to address the questions Gushee raises (though I do not think they are quite as irrefutable as Gushee seems to believe). Indeed, Palin’s nomination raises all kinds of interesting issues that require further discussion. My concern here is rather with the forum Gushee chose for his frontal assault on his fellow evangelical Christians (albeit less “moderate” than he). Here is my question: Is it appropriate for Gushee to seek to ridicule, or at least embarrass, his brothers and sisters in Christ on the pages of a national newspaper for their “archaic” beliefs? Or is this the equivalent of believers bringing lawsuits against fellow believers in worldly courts, a practice Paul condemns in 1 Corinthians 6? The world needs the gospel; it does not need to watch conservative and “moderate” evangelical Christians be at each other’s throats in contentious public debate. How does the spirit and tone of Gushee’s contribution to “The Forum” in the pages of USA Today serve the gospel? How does it serve to bring the lost closer to Christ and help them come to terms with the salvation he offers and the judgment incurred by those who …

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Writing

Aug 18, 2008 | Andy Naselli

Posted by Andy Naselli Russell Moore “On Writing and Publishing”: This past week at our [SBTS] Faculty Workshop we had the privilege to hear from representatives from three well-known, well-respected evangelical publishing houses: Justin Taylor of Crossway Books, Dr. Ray Clendenen of B&H Academic, and Southern Seminary alum Jennifer Lyell of Moody Publishers. We are grateful that each of them took the time to join us. During the panel discussion, Justin mentioned a few Web sites that may aid in writing and publishing, and Dr. Clendenen referenced a sample book proposal on the B&H Web site. Justin was kind enough to send along links to the sites he referenced, which are below. From Justin: I thought it might be helpful to send some links to some of the things I mentioned today. Here’s the book that we frequently recommend: Thinking Like Your Editor: How to Write Great Serious Nonfiction–and Get It Published by Susan Rabiner and Alfred Fortunato. A classic on the craft of writing, of course, is: On Writing Well, 30th Anniversary Edition: The Classic Guide to Writing Nonfiction by William K. Zinsser. (Scot) McKnight’s essay, which I referenced, is: “The Professor as Scholar: Exiled to Eden.” Pages 22-28 are on the scholar and writing. I’ve also found the following brief blog posts by McKnight to be helpful: A Tip for Writers Blogs: A Word for Authors Writing — On the Side Westminster and Writing for the Church What I would do differently? Andreas Kostenberger also has a good …

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How’s your summer reading?

Jul 26, 2008 | davidreimer

While JT packed Kostenberger and Swain’s Father, Son and Spirit: The Trinity and John’s Gospel for some light, lake-side reading, my reading this summer has taken a different turn. Back in June, JT posted not one, not two, but three sets of suggestions for summer reading. Typically, my list looked quite different from most of those suggestions! Well, it’s almost the end of July. I haven’t quite (!) made the headway I had hoped for. Picking up Peter Erb’s Murder, Manners, Mystery: Reflections on Faith in Contemporary Detective Fiction (SCM, 2007) — a book I’ve been meaning to get to — diverted me into P.D. James’s An Unsuitable Job for a Woman (first published, 1972) which, since I bought it in Cambridge, proved a timely and riveting choice. Plenty to ponder. So too with my current biography, Heiko Oberman’s Luther: Man between God and the Devil (E.Trans. Eileen Walliser-Schwarzbart; Yale University Press, 1989). It lacks the narrative flow of Bainton’s well-known Here I Stand: A Life of Martin Luther (originally published 1950), but is full of fascinating accounts and analysis. I somehow feel like I’m getting closer to Luther with Oberman than I did with Bainton. (Not a very scholarly judgment, though!) For the preachers out there, here is an anecdote related of Johannes von Staupitz, one of Luther’s mentors: The Augustinian prior [= Staupitz] had embarked upon a series of sermons on the Book of Job at the monastery church of Tübingen in 1498. When he had “come as …

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The Trinity in John’s Gospel

Jul 24, 2008 | Justin Taylor

I’ve been trying to decide which books to bring on vacation (which begins tomorrow), and the new volume in the New Studies in Biblical Theology series looks especially good: Father, Son and Spirit: The Trinity and John’s Gospel, by Andreas Kostenberger and Scott Swain. D.A. Carson writes: This present volume is the joint product of a Neutestamentler and a systematic theologian. In their colaboration they have simultaneously attemped a detailed exegetical and theological understanding of what the Fourth Gospel says about God, using the categories of that Gospel itself, and mature understanding of the links between that text and the systematic formulations of what came to be called the doctrine of the Trinity. In what sense is it proper to think of the doctrine of God in John’s Gospel as trinitarian? Some are so suspicious of links between biblical exegesis and systematic theology that they will deplay any ostensible connections between the two, afraid that the latter will domesticate the former and stain it with anachronism, or that the former will dilute the latter and render it insipid. Drs Kostenberger and Swain, thankfully, are not numbered among them. For those who want to know what they ought to believe–surely one of the functions (though not the only one) of constructive systematic theology–out of God’s self-disclosure in Scripture, this book will be a stimulating delight. In addition to its contribution to Christian understanding of God (can there be any higher subject?) it stimulates serious thought about how we move from careful …

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D. A. Carson

Mar 25, 2008 | Justin Taylor

Andreas Kostenberger has posted a helpful biographical sketch of D.A. Carson. I believe this was originally published in Bible Interpreters of the 20th Century: A Selection of Evangelical Voices, ed. Elwell and Weaver (Grand Rapids: Baker, 1999), pp. 423-433.

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Resurrection Appearances of Jesus

Mar 21, 2008 | Justin Taylor

Andreas Kostenberger posts a helpful chart showing the 11 recorded post-resurrection appearances of Jesus in the NT.

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