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.

Logos 6 Releases Today

Andy Naselli —  October 27, 2014 — 9 Comments

Here’s what’s new in Logos 6:

I’ve been using Logos 6 each day for the last few weeks, and it’s a beautiful design. It has some new bells and whistles, but by far my favorite new feature is that you can hide all the chapter and verse numbers in Bibles—whether Hebrew, Greek, or English. I love this feature! (I explain why here and here.)

You can learn more about Logos 6 here (note the coupon code for 15% off) and here.

libraryI recently discovered that Southern Seminary makes available free PDFs of many of the PhD dissertations (and some ThM theses) that students have successfully defended there.

These students have spent years working on these treatises, and some of the theses are outstanding (e.g., David Schrock’s on definite atonement).

I wish more schools did this. I just added over 70 of these PDFs to my Zotero library.

CNTTSI just happily added The Center for New Testament Textual Studies NT Critical Apparatus to my Logos library.

From the resource’s introduction: Continue Reading…

Flesh and Spirit

Andy Naselli —  October 7, 2014 — 4 Comments

ttThe latest issue of Tabletalk is on biblical dichotomies. I contributed an article on the dichotomy of flesh and Spirit/spirit, and I distinguish ten different contrasts:

“Flesh and Spirit.” Tabletalk 38, no. 10 (October 2014): 22–24.

Web version | PDF

Related: Let Go and Let God? A Survey and Analysis of Keswick Theology

The Real Problem with Gambling

Andy Naselli —  September 23, 2014 — 3 Comments

gamblingThat’s the title of a short appendix in this book:

Vern S. Poythress. Chance and the Sovereignty of God: A God-Centered Approach to Probability and Random Events. Wheaton: Crossway, 2014.

Here’s what Poythress calls “The Real Problem with Gambling” (pp. 279–81):

The preceding appendix has analyzed a number of gambling systems by which gamblers hope to “beat the odds” and make a killing. We could consider still more systems. In each case, careful calculations of the probabilities show that the gambler will not win in the long run. In fact, in casino games the probabilities are always stacked against the customer, so that in the long run the casino consistently takes in money from every form of gambling that it offers on its premises. Continue Reading…

danielHere’s how the latest volume in Don Carson’s NSBT series concludes:

James M. Hamilton Jr. With the Clouds of Heaven: The Book of Daniel in Biblical Theology. New Studies in Biblical Theology 32. Downers Grove: IVP, 2014.


The book of Daniel contributes to the Bible’s unfolding redemptive-historical storyline. Continue Reading…