12 Terms for How Christians Participate with Christ

Lars Kierspel, Charts on the Life, Letters, and Theology of Paul (Kregel Charts of the Bible; Grand Rapids: Kregel, 2012), 167:


(This is from a helpful book of charts. It’s endorsed by Stan Porter, Mark Seifrid, John Polhill, and others.)


  1. The most comprehensive online bibliography on union with Christ that I’m aware of
  2. The most comprehensive book on union with Christ = Constantine R. Campbell, Paul and Union with Christ: An Exegetical and Theological Study (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2012). Though one might quibble with some of the use-labels Campbell applies to prepositions in particular passages, the overall theological method and synthesis is robust.

Jim Hamilton’s Motivating Exhortation to Do Biblical Theology

I’ve read the end of this chapter by Jim Hamilton several times because it motivates me to do biblical theology:

James M. Hamilton Jr. “Biblical Theology and Preaching.” Pages 193–218 in Text Driven Preaching: God’s Word at the Heart of Every Sermon. Edited by Daniel L. Akin, David L. Allen, and Ned L. Mathews. Nashville: Broadman & Holman, 2010.

For example:


The kind of biblical theology advocated here has been described as reflection upon the results of the exegesis of particular passages in light of the whole canon. Another way to say it is that biblical theology is exegesis of a particular passage in its canonical context. This means that, in order to do biblical theology, we must [Read more…]

Administration : Faculty :: Shaft : Tip of the Spear

abellIn a recent chapel message at Bethlehem College & Seminary, Jason Abell explains why administration is important.

Jason is BCS’s Vice President for Administration. I am so encouraged by this message and by the interaction I’ve had with Jason and others at BCS. (I’m eager to join the team in several months.)

I’ve witnessed some situations where the relationship between a school’s faculty and administration is unhealthy. Not good.

Jason closes with a provocative analogy that I hadn’t heard someone (let alone an administrator) apply to administration and faculty before:

administration : faculty :: shaft : tip of the spear

That is, [Read more…]

How to Listen on Double Speed with an iPhone or iPod

I listen to a lot of audiobooks, lectures, and sermons on my iPhone. And I almost always listen on double speed. Here’s how to do it on an iPhone or iPod.

1. Import the audio into iTunes.

You can do this by simply dragging and dropping (i.e., copying) an audio file (like an MP3 file) into an iTunes playlist.

2. Change the “Media Kind” from “Music” to “Audiobook” in iTunes.

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    Right-click the track(s) in iTunes.

  2. Select “Get Info.”
  3. Select the “Options” tab.
  4. Next to “Media Kind,” change the category from “Music” to “Audiobook.”
  5. Select “OK.” [Read more…]

Don Whitney: How Can I Be Sure I’m a Christian?

Perhaps this book has flown under your radar. I just read it for the first time last month shortly after learning about it, and I’m surprised that I don’t recall hearing others recommend it before.

Donald S. Whitney. How Can I Be Sure I’m a Christian? What the Bible Says about Assurance of Salvation. Colorado Springs, CO: NavPress, 1994. 153 pp.

Here’s an extended outline of the book (not including the application questions at the end of each chapter): [Read more…]

Joshua Harris’s New Book: Humble Orthodoxy

humbleThree years ago I wrote this about Joshua Harris’s Dug Down Deep :

The last chapter on “Humble Orthodoxy” is best of all. If you read nothing else in this book, read at least its last chapter.

I’m glad that Josh has expanded that chapter into a little book:

Joshua Harris. Humble Orthodoxy: Holding the Truth High without Putting People Down. Colorado Springs, CO: Multnomah, 2013.

Josh’s basic thesis is that we must both (1) “care deeply about the truth” and (2) “defend and share this truth with compassion and humility” (p. 5). He rejects what he calls “arrogant orthodoxy” and “humble heterodoxy” (pp. 6–7).

The book is short. You can easily read the book in one sitting. It’s 83 pages, but it’s really just about 60 pages (the study guide starts on page 63), and the size is only 4.7 x 6.5 inches.

Some recommendations: [Read more…]

Cold-Case Christianity: A Homicide Detective Investigates the Claims of the Gospels

CCCI read this book three months ago, but I’ve been waiting to highlight it because I wanted to see what my wife thinks of it:

J. Wallace Warner. Cold-Case Christianity: A Homicide Detective Investigates the Claims of the Gospels. Colorado Springs, CO: Cook, 2013.

Jenni recently listened to the audiobook, and we agree:

  1. This is an edifying book with a creative, engaging angle.
  2. The first half is far more engaging than the second half. (I carefully read the first half but ended up skimming the second half.)

We enjoy listening to detective stories (e.g., here and here), and Warner fills the first half of the book with interesting stories that illustrate how to investigate what other people claim to be true.

The author has been a detective for nearly 25 years, and he earned a master’s degree in theology from Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary.

What initially caught my eye are the glowing endorsements from people like Greg Koukl and J. P. Moreland and the foreword by Lee Strobel. [Read more…]