The Trinity and Theological Method

Unless you've been hiding under a rock, you've most likely seen the debates on the blogosphere and social media about something called the "Eternal Functional Subordination" (EFS) of God the Son and God the Spirit to God the Father, or, alternatively, "Eternal Relations of Authority and Submission" (ERAS). To my knowledge and in my reading, … Continue reading The Trinity and Theological Method

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The Creator/Creature Distinction and Gender Debates

Given the recent posts and Twitter conversations surrounding the topic, and also given that I taught a course this past semester on fourth century theological interpretation in the Eastern Fathers, I have classical Trinitarianism and its relationship (or lack thereof) to the debates on gender roles on my mind. While I am a classic complementarian … Continue reading The Creator/Creature Distinction and Gender Debates

Heresy Hunting and Eternal Relations of Origin

I'm a classic complementarian who affirms classic orthodoxy regarding the eternal relations of the persons of the Trinity (i.e. that the eternal relations of origin distinguish the persons, not a social schema). I also believe that what the Bible says about gender is enough to support complementarianism without comparing the relationship between male and female … Continue reading Heresy Hunting and Eternal Relations of Origin

The Benefits of Baptist Theology and Practice

A couple of weeks ago Luke and I wrote two posts on ways Baptists can learn from the larger Christian tradition in our worship practices, specifically through reciting the ecumenical creeds and through more frequent and intentional Scripture readings. These reflections, and more like them that we will write in the coming weeks, are in … Continue reading The Benefits of Baptist Theology and Practice

Steve Harmon and Baptist Catholicity

I recently read Steve Harmon's Toward Baptist Catholicity: Essays on Tradition and the Baptist Vision. I'm beginning some sustained work with my friend and colleague Luke Stamps on Baptist life and its relationship to the larger Christian tradition, and Harmon's collection of essays is one of the most prominent works on the subject. In this post … Continue reading Steve Harmon and Baptist Catholicity

SBC Joke of the Day

Two SBCers walk into a coffee shop, one a Calvinist and one a non-Calvinist. They bicker over the order of salvation, if their CP dollars should go to schools and institutions that hire people who have different soteriological positions from them, and who started it. They never share the gospel with anyone in the shop … Continue reading SBC Joke of the Day

Constructive Southern Baptist Systematic Theology

I don't even know that this claim can be substantiated, but what are blogs for besides making unsubstantiated claims? I think we need more constructive Southern Baptist systematic theologies from current Southern Baptist theologians. To my knowledge, I can only think of either a) theologies of particular doctrines b) non-Southern Baptist baptistic STs or c) … Continue reading Constructive Southern Baptist Systematic Theology

Ephesians 4 and the SBC

Yesterday in Sunday school I walked with my class through Ephesians 4, which includes the following from Paul: I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, … Continue reading Ephesians 4 and the SBC