Archives For Systematic Theology

inerrancyThis debate-book released at the end of November 2013:

J. Merrick and Stephen M. Garrett, eds. Five Views on Biblical Inerrancy. Counterpoints. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2013. 39-page sample PDF.

I love these debate-books because they (usually) layout distinct positions winsomely. And my favorite parts are when the contributors interact with each other after their initial essays. Continue Reading…

5pointsIn some circles Calvinism unfortunately has a reputation for being sinfully contentious, especially when self-labeled Calvinists are arrogant and when non-Calvinists misunderstand what Calvinism really is.

This 94-page book should help:

John Piper. Five Points: Towards a Deeper Experience of God’s Grace. Fearn, Scotland: Christian Focus, 2013.

It’s available as a free PDF.

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I’ve probably read this essay slowly about a half-dozen times:

John Piper. “Are There Two Wills in God?” Pages 107–31 in Still Sovereign: Contemporary Perspectives on Election, Foreknowledge, and Grace. Edited by Thomas R. Schreiner and Bruce A. Ware. Grand Rapids: Baker, 2000.

It’s an incredibly helpful guide.

I’ve even preached its essence a few times (e.g., in 2008: MP3 | outline).

Untitled-1So I’m delighted that Piper has expanded the essay into a short book: Continue Reading…

For the last several years, I’ve been corresponding with my friends David and Jonny Gibson about a 700-page book they’ve been editing on definite atonement.

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During this time, Mark Snoeberger and I have been editing a much smaller debate-book titled Perspectives on the Extent of the Atonement: Three Views, with essays and responses by Grant R. Osborne, John S. Hammett, and Carl R. Trueman (B&H, forthcoming).


So I’ve been eagerly anticipating this book for several years:

David Gibson and Jonathan Gibson, eds. From Heaven He Came and Sought Her: Definite Atonement in Biblical, Historical, Theological, and Pastoral Perspective. Wheaton: Crossway, 2013. 703 pp.

It doesn’t disappoint my high expectations. It’s amazing. It’s definitely the most thorough and compelling book describing and defending definite atonement. And best of all, it not only refutes other views and presents strong arguments for definite atonement; it addresses the issue with the right tone. It leads the reader to worship the triune God!

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adamThis debate-book releases on December 10:

Matthew Barrett and Ardel B. Caneday, eds. Four Views on the Historical Adam. Counterpoints. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2013. 288 pp.

I read an uncorrected proof of the book, so I won’t quote from it. But I’m happy to relay that it’s stimulating (as Counterpoints volumes usually are).

The book has three sections: Continue Reading…

fallenThis new book on sin has an impressive lineup of contributors and makes a good series even better:

Christopher W. Morgan and Robert A. Peterson, eds. Fallen: A Theology of Sin. Theology in Community. Wheaton: Crossway, 2013. 314 pp.

The 32-page PDF sample includes D. A. Carson’s chapter “Sin’s Contemporary Significance.” Continue Reading…

titleIn 2006 John Frame’s short systematic theology released.

On November 1 (seven years later), his massive systematic theology will release:

John M. Frame. Systematic Theology: An Introduction to Christian Belief. Phillipsburg, NJ: Presbyterian & Reformed, 2013. 1,280 pages.

I recently read it, and I’m already planning to use it for some theology classes I’m scheduled to teach in 2014.

It’s typical John Frame: clear, unassuming, logical, and filled with threes. (If John Frame were a basketball player, he would shoot only 3s.) Continue Reading…