The Ology: A New Systematic Theology for Kids

the_ology_bookThis new systematic theology for kids just released:

Marty Machowski. The Ology: Ancient Truths Ever New  Illustrated by Andy McGuire. Greensboro, NC: New Growth, 2015. 257 pp. 9-page sample PDF.

You can read 16 endorsements here.

Here’s mine: “This well-illustrated book clearly and logically introduces theology for children.” [Read more…]

One God in Three Persons: Unity of Essence, Distinction of Persons, Implications for Life

In 2008 I live-blogged a debate at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School between (a) Bruce Ware and Wayne Grudem and (b) Tom McCall and Keith Yandell. They debated this question: “Do relations of authority and submission exist eternally among the Persons of the Godhead?”

TrinityThis week Crossway is releasing a book on that issue:

Bruce A. Ware and John Starke, eds. One God in Three Persons: Unity of Essence, Distinction of Persons, Implications for Life. Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2015.

This 49-page sample PDF includes the front matter and Wayne Grudem’s opening chapter.

Phil Gons and I coauthored chapter 9: “An Examination of Three Recent Philosophical Arguments against Hierarchy in the Immanent Trinity” (pp. 197–215).

Update on 5/22/2015: Crossway gave me permission to share a PDF of the Gons-Naselli chapter.

Sam Storms’s Tough Topics 2: Biblical Answers to 25 Challenging Questions

stormsSam Storms has a sequel to his first Tough Topics book:

Sam Storms. Tough Topics 2: Biblical Answers to 25 Challenging Questions. Fearn, Scotland: Christian Focus, 2015.

My endorsement:

Each controversial question Sam Storms poses could be the subject of an entire book, but he manages to give thoughtful brief answers that aren’t superficial. As a model pastor-theologian, he answers with clarity, wisdom, and grace.

These are the 25 questions: [Read more…]

Perspectives on the Extent of the Atonement: 3 Views

atonementMy most recent book, another debate-book, just released:

Andrew David Naselli and Mark A. Snoeberger, eds. Perspectives on the Extent of the Atonement: 3 Views. Nashville: Broadman & Holman, 2015.  

31-page sample PDF (front matter + introduction)

I explain more about the book in this 5-minute video:

This book presents a point-counterpoint exchange concerning God’s intention in sending Christ to die on the cross. All of the contributors recognize a substitutionary element in the atoning work of Christ, but they disagree over the nature and objects of that substitution. [Read more…]

A Theology of Heaven

heavenChris Morgan and Robert Peterson did it again. They’ve successfully addressed an important topic with a theological method that grounds its systematic and practical theology in exegesis and biblical theology (and historical theology informs it).

Christopher W.Morgan and Robert A. Peterson, eds. Heaven. Theology in Community. Wheaton: Crossway, 2014.

Look inside here to see the contributors in the Table of Contents.


  1. My interview with Chris Morgan on the theology of James
  2. My interview with Chris Morgan on the glory of God

A Theology of the Church with a Sound Theological Method

churchI just reviewed this book for 9Marks:

Christopher W. Morgan and Kendell H. Easley, eds. The Community of Jesus: A Theology of the Church. Nashville: Broadman & Holman, 2013. 288 pp. 10-page sample PDF.


When you have a solid grasp of how a theme develops across the Bible’s storyline in Scripture, you are able to trace that theme from a number of starting points. For example, you may be preaching or teaching through the Gospel of John and come to John 2:19: “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.” You may then zoom out so that you can trace the trajectory of the temple theme across the Bible’s storyline—from Eden, to the tabernacle, to Solomon’s temple, to Ezekiel’s temple, to Zerubbabel’s temple, to Jesus as the temple, to the tearing of the temple’s curtain, to the church as the temple, to the individual Christian’s body as the temple, to the heavenly temple, and all the way to its culmination in Rev 21:22: “I saw no temple in the city, for its temple is the Lord God the Almighty and the Lamb.” Then you could zoom back in to John 2 and reflect on the significance of that passage in light of how it fits in the trajectory from Eden to the new heavens and new earth.

20 Interviews

Here are links to 20 interviews I’ve conducted over the last six years (mostly for my friend Justin Taylor’s blog):

  1. David Reimer on Ezekiel
  2. Andreas Köstenberger on 1 Timothy 2:12
  3. Tom Schreiner on New Testament theology
  4. Sam Storms on Colossians
  5. John Frame on the problem of evil
  6. Nathan Busenitz on apologetics
  7. Clint Arnold on Colossians
  8. Steve Baugh on Ephesians
  9. Mike Bullmore on preaching (audio)
  10. Rolland McCune on systematic theology
  11. Randy Alcorn on suffering and evil
  12. Simon Gathercole on the Gospel of Judas and the Gospel of Thomas
  13. Desi Alexander on biblical theology
  14. Chris Morgan on the glory of God
  15. Steve Dempster on Old Testament theology
  16. Peter O’Brien on Hebrews
  17. Michael Lawrence on biblical theology and the church
  18. Chris Morgan on the theology of James
  19. Champ Thornton on God’s Love: A Bible Storybook
  20. J. D. Crowley on Romans