• Musings

    How does the divine intention of a text relate to the intention of the human author?

    In recent years, discussion around intentions has grown significantly. In evangelical circles, there have been many views of how the intentions of the divine author and the human author interact. In some senses, these fall along a spectrum from seeing the intentions as totally separate, through to completely identical. It is worth outlining what is meant by the human author’s intention. It can be very easy to overstate what is being said. This has caused many to mishear or talk past the other side. For instance, it would be ridiculous to claim we can infer everything about the author from reading what they have written. We cannot know their background,…

  • Bible,  Musings,  Theology

    The revelation of the Trinity in Scripture is perfect

    “The revelation of the Trinity in Scripture is perfect”, says Fred Sanders in ‘The Triune God'[1]Sanders, F., 2016. The Triune God, M. Allen & S. R. Swain, eds., Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.. As Sanders says this, he means that the disclosure in Scripture of God’s identity is complete, sufficient, and the way it is meant to be. Or, to put it another way, we could not have done a better job of revealing the Trinity if we wrote the Bible ourselves.  When you really think about that statement, it leads to a realisation that, in Scripture, we have all the information that the True and Living God wants us to know.…

  • Bible,  Musings

    Are you sure you’re an agnostic?

    Surely sitting on the fence is the easiest place to get the best view? The big problem is that Christianity doesn’t rest on things we can take a ‘don’t know’ position on. Christianity rests on facts. Either facts you believe or facts you don’t believe. Error happened.

  • Musings

    Review: The Lord’s Supper as the Sign and meal of the New Covenant by Guy Prentiss Waters

    I have grown to love the Short Studies in Biblical Theology series by Crossway. These short books pick up a topic, and show how the Bible develops them over salvation history. The Lord’s Supper is one of those topics, and I was glad to see the editors pick it. The title interested me since it picked up on two aspects of Biblical Theology that I have not seen much work done on so far (let alone at a popular level): covenant signs and covenant meals. I also appreciated the pun (that I assume is intended) in the title, so kudos to the team for that one! So that’s the cover,…

  • Musings

    Review: Prophetic from The Center, by D. A. Carson

    “It is easy to sound prophetic form the margins; what we urgently need is to be prophetic from the center” D. A. Carson The center Don Carson’s latest book, from 10ofThose publishing, is a call for all Christians to get back to the gospel. Rather than standing at the margins, we need to get right back to the center of the faith, and stand on its foundations. At a time when modern society is going through major upheaval, and the core convictions of previous generations are being thrown under the bus, Carson reminds us that the gospel really has power. To do this, he walks us through 1 Corinthians 15…

  • Books,  Musings,  Reviews

    Review: The Ten Commandments by Kevin DeYoung

    Kevin DeYoung has written a number of accessible level books for lay-people in the church. From topics of busyness, to holiness, to how do we find God’s will, these books have helped the church grapple with difficult areas of doctrine for today. In his latest book on the Ten Commandments, DeYoung sets out to explain what they mean, why they matter, and why we should obey them. Coming from a different view to the author, I was interested to read this book and see if his arguments were convincing. So let’s see if he manages to answer those three questions in this book. What They Mean Throughout the book Kevin…