The Gospel Coalition


Volume 37, Issue 2

Jul 2012

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The Beauty of Biblical Balance

D. A. Carson

When I was a young man in pastoral ministry, I wrote a book-length manuscript under the title shared with this editorial. I sent it to only one publisher. That publisher turned it down with more grace than the manuscript deserved...

The Right to Ridicule?

Michael J. Ovey

‘The wisest and the best of men—nay, the wisest and best of their actions—may be rendered ridiculous by a person whose first object in life is a joke.’ Thus comments Jane Austen’s character Darcy in Pride and Prejudice to Elizabeth Bennett. Ridicule is a theme running throughout the novel, and Austen certainly does a fair amount of it herself...


Bonhoeffer as Bible Scholar

Robert W. Yarbrough

What is a Bible scholar? What does or should one look like? That is a question being asked today, as these three books indicate...

Sacramental Supersessionism Revisited: A Response to Martin Salter on the Relationship Between Circumcision and Baptism

David Gibson

Martin Salter has recently argued that Reformed paedobaptists are mistaken in citing Col 2:11–12 ‘as evidence that baptism replaces circumcision as the covenant sign signifying the same realities. His essay is a model of exegetical care, and he approaches the contentious issue of the application of covenant signs with graciousness...

Response to David Gibson

Martin Salter

I was very grateful to David for sending me a copy of his essay before publication. It displayed great grace and charity in a discussion which can sometimes generate more heat than light. I have genuinely enjoyed reading his essay, and it has prompted me to think again and work harder at what the Bible actually says, which is always edifying.

Telling the Story from the Bible? How Story Bibles Work

David A. Shaw

Is it stating the obvious to say that a children’s bible is not a Bible? Perhaps. After all, a moment’s reflection reveals they are not the whole Bible and nothing but the Bible. They omit entire genres and books, and they add a great deal, not least copious and captivating illustrations. On the other hand the confidence we have in them suggests that we receive them as something like God’s Word.

High Stakes: Insider Movement Hermeneutics and the Gospel

David B. Garner

In June 2011, the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA) passed an overture entitled, “A Call to Faithful Witness.” This overture, while sounding alarms on biblical translations that render the familial terms for God (Son, Father) with less offensive terms in the target language...

Some Reflections on Enns and The Evolution of Adam: A Review Essay

Hans Madueme

The gist of this new book by Peter Enns is that evangelicals should revise their expectations of Genesis and Paul—with reference to Adam and the fall—in order to relieve perceived tensions between Christianity and evolution. This thesis turns out to be controversial...

Book Reviews

New Testament

Paul and the Second Century

Michael F. Bird and Joseph R. Dodson, eds

The Jewish Annotated New Testament

Amy-Jill Levine and Marc Z. Brettler, eds
Systematic Theology and Bioethics

Justification: Five Views

James K. Beilby and Paul Rhodes Eddy

The Oxford Handbook of the Trinity

Gilles Emery, O.P., and Matthew Levering, eds

The Oxford Handbook of Philosophical Theology

Thomas P. Flint and Michael C. Rea, eds

Divine Impassibility and the Mystery of Human Suffering

James F. Keating and Thomas Joseph White, eds

Arminius, Arminianism, and Europe: Jacobus Arminius (1559/60–1609)

Th. Marius van Leeuwen, Keith D. Stanglin, and Marijke Tolsma, eds
Book Notes

The Grace of Repentance

Sinclair Ferguson

The Cambridge Dictionary of Christian Theology

Ian A. McFarland, David A. S. Fergusson, Karen Kilby, and Iain R. Torrance, eds