The Gospel Coalition

 

Volume 36, Issue 3

Nov 2011

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Columns

Spiritual Disciplines

D. A. Carson

Almost two decades ago I wrote an essay titled " When Is Spirituality Spiritual? Reflections on Some Problems of Definition ." I would like to follow up on one aspect of that topic here. The broader framework of the discussion needs to be remembered. "Spiritual" and "spirituality" have become notoriously fuzzy words. In common usage they almost always have positive overtones, but rarely does their meaning range within the sphere of biblical usage.

Articles

Friends: The One With Jesus, Martha, And Mary; An Answer To Kierkegaard

Melvin Tinker

He was the youngest son of elderly parents. His childhood was secluded and unhappy, which might in some measure account for his lifelong melancholy. He studied theology but never proceeded towards ordination. He became engaged but never married. His works were sharp and penetrating, which he described as a "bit of cinnamon." He has been designated as the "father of existentialism," both Christian and secular, and his influence is still widely felt today. His name, of course, is Søren Kierkegaard.

Jonathan Edwards: A Missionary?

Jonathan Gibson

Jonathan Edwards (1703-1758) is remembered today as a saint, scholar, preacher, pastor, metaphysician, revival leader, theologian, Calvinist—the list goes on. However, 'If there is one area of Edwards's life that has been consistently overlooked and understated by contemporaries and scholars alike, it is his role as Indian missionary and advocate for Indian affairs.' It is indeed hard to imagine: a white British colonial Puritan, with powdered wig and Geneva bands, as a missionary to native American Indians. Of course, historically, the issue is not debated.

That All May Honour the Son: Holding Out For A Deeper Christocentrism

Andrew Moody

In the November 2009 edition of Themelios, Dane C. Ortlund raises some very helpful questions about whether a christocentric theology signifies an unbalanced vision of the Godhead. He offers equally helpful answers that Christocentrism is appropriate because (1) this is the way God is made known economically and (2) the purposes of the Father and Spirit in the economy are to make the Son known. This article focuses the discussion on the second of these points and historically and systematically explores further what Ortlund calls "salvation-historical Christocentrism."

An Evaluation of the 2011 Edition of the New International Version

Rodney J. Decker

Evaluating a new English translation of the Bible can be extremely difficult. That is due to at least three factors. First, we have such a wealth of options already accessible in our language that any new offering seems superfluous; we are jaded by the abundance. Second, there is a cynical view that attributes all such productions to greedy commercial publishers. Third, translations are often controversial due to theological or social issues.

Book Reviews

New Testament

Gospel Clarity: Challenging the New Perspective on Paul

William B. Barcley with Ligon Duncan

Paul as Missionary: Identity, Activity, Theology, and Practice

Trevor J. Burke and Brian S. Rosner, eds

The First Letter to the Corinthians

Roy E. Ciampa and Brian S. Rosner

Alternative Christs

Olav Hammer, ed

Bultmann Unlocked

Tim Labron

Ephesians

Frank Thielman