Some students from Princton Theological Seminary have started a research project for the purpose of studying the foundational works of theology by N.T. Wright. Here is their description of the project:
Rarely in the course of our seminary study do we have the opportunity to study theologians whose work is currently transforming the life of the church.Â Tom Wright is one such theologian, and a small group of us at Princeton Theological Seminary, together with one of our professors, Ross Wagner, have decided to spend this semester immersed in Wrightâ€™s work.Â We hope to carefully read some of his most foundational writings and to engage each other through this blog on the issues and ideas which emerge from this study.Â From time to time we will have guest authors from a wide spectrum contribute, and we also invite those of you in church, parachurch, or seminary communities to read and respond to our blog posts as a way of keeping this project closely grounded in the church today.Â Welcome and enjoy!
I encourage everyone to keep up with this blog, especially if you don’t have the ability to read Bishop Wright’s works in full by yourself. These students will be summarizing and analysing and discussing much of what he has written and I think we will all benefit from their work. May God bless this project!
Justin Taylor of Between Two Worlds has written a powerful and authoritative article for New Attitudes on the the justice of God and the genocide of the Canaanites in the Old Testament. I could not agree more with his seven points. In particular, I think everyone needs to grasp this point, number seven:
7. The destruction of the Canaanites is a picture of the final judgment.
At the end of the age, Christ will come to judge the living and the dead (Acts 10:42; 2 Tim. 4:1; 1 Pet. 4:5), expelling them from the land (the whole earth). That judgment will be just, and it will be complete. That is the day â€œthe Lord Jesus [will be] revealed from heaven with his mighty angels in flaming fire, inflicting vengeance on those who do not know God and on those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus. They will suffer the punishment of eternal destruction, away from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of his might (2 Thess. 1:8â€“9). Amazingly enough, Paul asks the Corinthians something they seem to have forgotten, if they once knew it: â€œDo you not know that the saints will judge the world? (1 Cor. 6:2).
How does this work? What will it look like? I really donâ€™t know. But Godâ€™s Word tells us that Godâ€™s people will be part of Godâ€™s judgment against Godâ€™s enemies. In that way, Godâ€™s command of the Israelites to carry out his moral judgment against the Canaanites becomes a foreshadowingâ€”a preview, if you willâ€”of the final judgment.
Read in this light, the terrible destruction recorded on the pages of Joshua in Godâ€™s Holy Word become not a â€œproblem to solve,â€ but a wake-up call to all of usâ€”to remain â€œpure and undefiled before Godâ€ (James 1:27), seeking him and his ways, and to faithfully share the gospel with our unbelieving neighbors and the unreached nations. Like Job, we must ultimately refrain from calling Godâ€™s goodness and justice into question, putting a hand over our mouth (Job 40:4) and marveling instead at the richness and the mystery of Godâ€™s great inscrutable mercy (Eph. 2:4). At the end of the day we will join Moses and the Lamb in singing this song of praise:
â€œGreat and amazing are your deeds,
O Lord God the Almighty!
Just and true are your ways,
O King of the nations!
Who will not fear, O Lord,
and glorify your name?
For you alone are holy.
All nations will come
and worship you,
for your righteous acts have been revealed.â€ (Rev. 15:3-4)
Here is a link to Monergism.com’s Wayne Grudem Mp3 audio files for an ongoing series of classes based upon his own Systematic Theology. If you have not gone through a systematic theology text book before, I encourage you to buy this one and listen through these lectures as you read it. Or, if you don’t want to read, just listen to the FREE Mp3s!Â 🙂 Enjoy!
This is a good interview on Wright’s latest book, Surprised by Hope. I would encourage everyone to buy it and read it if they want to get a better understanding of the Biblical teaching on Heaven and the New Creation. Enjoy the interview from last night’s report.
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