Christians and Culture: What Is the Way Forward? (Part 1)

In his book Center Church, Tim Keller helpfully distills and adapts from H. Richard Niebuhr’s categories of models for the relationship between Christianity and culture. Keller identifies four different models: Continue reading


Reflections on the Southern Baptist Convention 2016 Meeting, Part 1

I had a great experience this week at the annual meeting of the SBC in St. Louis. Although there are a few areas where I hope we can do better in the future (see the next post), I have a strong sense that the best days of our denomination are still ahead of us. There is much to be excited about regarding the future of the Southern Baptist Convention, and I’ll list here just a handful of observations about the meeting that led me to that conclusion. Continue reading

The Trinity Wars 2016

So here is what happened. Liam Goligher made some strong charges against some theologians who have argued that, within God’s own being, the Son eternally submits to the Father, and the Spirit eternally submits to the Father and the Son (see here and here). According to Goligher, theologians who make this move have abandoned Nicene orthodoxy, promoted idolatry, and subsumed their doctrine of God under a social agenda by looking to the Trinity as an analogy on which to ground their understanding of men and women (for record, Goligher himself affirms the complementarian view of male headship in the home and in the church). Carl Trueman added his own contribution along similar lines. The two theologians who are probably most in the crosshairs of these charges are Bruce Ware, who responded here, and Wayne Grudem, who responded here. Denny Burk, who shares the Ware/Grudem perspective, also offered these words in response. Carl Trueman has made three brief responses to Ware, to Grudem, and on the question of 1 Corinthians 11:3. If you want to take the time to read all of that, go ahead. I’ll wait. Continue reading