Illustrating the Impeccability of Christ: Could Not vs. Did Not

ware_2Bruce A. Ware, The Man Christ Jesus: Theological Questions on the Humanity of Christ   (Wheaton: Crossway, 2013), 81–84:

The impeccability of Christ by virtue of his impeccable divine nature united to his human nature has nothing directly to do with how he resisted temptation and how it was that he did not sin. Yes, Christ was impeccable, but his impeccability is quite literally irrelevant to explaining his sinlessness. The common evangelical intuition seems to be this: if the reason Christ could not sin is that he is God, then the reason Christ did not sin must likewise be that he is God. My proposal denies this symmetry and insists that the questions of why Christ could not sin and why he did not sin require, instead, remarkably different answers.

swimming_5To understand better the distinction here invoked between why something could not occur and why it did not occur, consider with me two illustrations. [Read more…]

Are Theological Discussions a Waste of Time?

ware_2Bruce A. Ware, The Man Christ Jesus: Theological Questions on the Humanity of Christ   (Wheaton: Crossway, 2013), 55–56:

Another application from this brief account of Jesus’s boyhood experience in Jerusalem is that Jesus understood the importance of engaging in biblical and theological discussion and learning. We don’t know the exact content of the discussion that took place, but [Read more…]

Carson: How Do We Know If God Is Disciplining Us?

Don Carson answered that question recently for TGC’s blog.

He draws three inferences:

  1. We are likely to make exegetical and theological mistakes when we take any one of these passages and treat it as if it explains all suffering.
  2. In any suffering, or in any other event for that matter, God is doubtless doing many things, perhaps thousands of things, millions of things, even if we can only detect two or three or a handful. [Cf. Piper’s tweet.]
  3. It follows that when we face suffering of any kind, we should use the occasion for self-examination.

Conclusion: “We sometimes observe that hard cases make bad theology. But easy, formulaic answers to questions of suffering are invariably reductionistic — and they make bad theology, too.”

Read the whole thing.

The History of the NIV Translation Controversy

Detroit Baptist Theological Seminary recently released the seventeenth volume of their journal, and one of the articles is available as a PDF:

William W. Combs, “The History of the NIV Translation Controversy,” Detroit Baptist Seminary Journal 17 (2012): 3–34.


  1. Translation History of the NIV
  2. Reception of the NIV
  3. Continued Controversy over Translation Philosophy
  4. The Gender-Inclusive Language Controversy
  5. Today’s New International Version
  6. New International Version 2011
  7. Conclusion

It’s an informative survey.

From John Piper to Jason Meyer: A Video Testimony from Meyer’s Installation Service

It was a joy to watch Jason Meyer‘s installation service Sunday night. (Bethlehem Baptist Church streamed it live.) After Tom Schreiner (Jason’s mentor) gave his charge to the church, they played this moving video that tells some of the back-story on how Bethlehem transitioned from John Piper to Jason Meyer:

Bethlehem just posted an “Installation Service Recap” that includes pictures.


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James: The Latest Volume in B&H’s Exegetical Guide to the Greek NT Series

VlachosIn 2010 I shared my top five books on the letter of James and interviewed Chris Morgan on the theology of James.

Now I’d add this book to that top-tier list:

Chris A. Vlachos. James. Exegetical Guide to the Greek New Testament. Nashville: Broadman & Holman, 2013. 225 pages.

This sample 53-page PDF includes

  • Endorsements by Craig Blomberg, Darrell Bock, Peter Davids, Rob Plummer, Tom Schreiner, and Bob Yarbrough
  • The table of contents
  • Doug Moo’s foreword
  • Other front matter
  • The introduction and notes on James 1:1–4