Theology Round-Up –September 2012

Christology, diagnosis Atonement, stuff and the Trinity:

Gavin Ortlund looks at the Atonement in Narnia in light of his reading of ‘The Nature of the Atonement’. A neglected theory of the atonement? Russell Moore looks at how to explain the Trinity to young children. Pastor Mack talks about preserving the mystery of the Trinity.


Nick Norelli reviews Delighting in the Trinity: Why Father, case Son, and Spirit are Good News, for a second time. John Hoglund reviews Incarnational Humanism: A Philosophy of Culture for the Church in the World by Jens Zimmerman.

Books to Read:

Tony Jones offers his list of the top five books by Jurgen Moltmann. Paul Copan offers the top books on Arminianism and Molinism.  Michael Bird offers a list of books that should be read before someone starts seminary.

Conferences, Announcements, etc:

Michael Bird points us to first annual Los Angeles Theology Conference coming in January 2013. It has a great list of speakers. The theme: “Christology, Ancient and Modern: Explorations in Constructive Theology.”

Call for papers for the 7th annual Telos Conference. Theme: Religion and Politics in a Post-Secular World.

Life of an Academic; Life of a Student:

Brian LePort looks at factors to consider when choosing a seminary: doctrine, faculty and academic reputation, scheduling. Denver Seminary has a new MA in Apologetics and Christian Ethics. Stephen Bedard on the role of scholarship in Christianity. Carmen talks about writing the first chapter of her dissertation. Michael Horton offers advice to his students about Christian character, virtue and how to put together a good argument in a research paper. An interview with Kelly Kapic on advice for young theologians. Brian LePort asks if internet scholarship is too hasty?


Ken Schenck continues his trek through Wayne Grudem’s Systematic Theology. Roger Olson asks “Who is an evangelical Theologian?”

Sin, Satan and Salvation:

Can Satan be saved? RJS on Adam as the original sinner rather than the origin of sin. Greg Boyd looks at the question, “if salvation depends on our free choice, how are we saved by grace?”


Scot McKnight at Jesus Creed takes a look at Nancey Murphy and Joel Green’s non-reductive physicalism. Marc Cortez continues his reflections on the Image of God.

Theologians of Note:

Was Schleiermacher a liberal theologian? Travis McMaken spends some time looking at Theodore Beza’s Vita Calvini, in particular, what Calvin’s work week often looked like.   Richard Mouw on Abraham Kuyper. Was C.S. Lewis a Calvinist? Gerald McDermott offers his list of the greatest theologians. Speaking of theologians, have you seen the newest product from Zondervan? Theologian Trading Cards!

Gender, Sex and Women in Ministry:

Ashleigh Bailey’s on “Christian” Feminism, writes in response to Rachel Held Evan’s post on being an Accidental Feminist. Steven Holmes looks at the “slippery slope” charge that is leveled against egalitarianism. Amy Hughes offers some of her own thoughts on the topic. Jordan Barrett responds to Steve Holmes and his comments on egalitarianism. John Byron on the impact of sexual immorality on the community of the church. Jon Coutts looks at why TGC is complementarian. R.Scott Clark on why complementarianism can’t be a Gospel issue. Carl Trueman on the Gospel and complementarianism.

The theology of the family in the NT. Kent Schaeffer over at Church Relevance posted his updated top 200 list of blogs. He ended up having to post a follow-up addressing the concern of the lack of female representation. The best response came from Fred Clark over at Slacktivist who linked to a whole passel of blogs by Christian women. April DeConick asks, Is Jesus too holy for sex? Dorothy Lee considers some of the implications of the Sydney Diocese proposal for the marriage liturgy.


Beth Pyne looks at the theology of humour. Four elements of missional theology. Restoring theology as the queen of the sciences. Is the creed “no creed but the Bible” unbiblical? John Byron offers his thoughts on a theology of work based on 1 Thessalonians 4.


See previous theology round-ups here and here.


Women Bloggers

I originally posted a list of Christian female bloggers last year. Since there is chatter, here once again, medical about the top 200 Church blogs and the lack of female voices, buy viagra I thought I would repost the list for anyone looking for some awesome blogs to add to their google reader. (and don’t forget to add mine if you haven’t already!)

* Carmen over at Seminary Mom, who has just started in Wheaton’s PhD program. She did her masters degree while raising three young kids.

* Elizabeth Scalia over at the Anchoress. I followed her when she made the move from First Things to Patheos. She writes from a Catholic perspective.

* Sarah at Emerging Mummy.

* The team of ladies over at Novel Matters. As well, Bonnie Grove at Fiction Matters.

* Suzanne McCarthy at Suzanne’s Bookshelf.

* Shepherdess at Shepherdess Writes. She is a Lutheran pastor in North Carolina.

* Rachel Held Evans. This is a great place for those with questions.

* Julie Clawson at One Hand Clapping. I will admit that I usually find myself in disagreement with Julie, but I have learned a lot from her.

Her.meneutics over at Christianity Today.

Laura Ziesel.

Diana over at Just Wondering. Diana is a retired pastor.

April DeConick at The Forbidden Gospels. April is a professor of Biblical Studies at Rice University.

The ladies over at Women in Theology. This blog looks at issues from a Catholic/Feminist perspective.

Melissa at Sign on the Window.

Carolyn McCulley at Radical Womanhood.

View From the Rafters by Jennifer Harris Dault.

Rachael at Growing Up With God.

April Yamasaki‘s blog. April is the lead pastor at Emmanuel Mennonite Church in Abbotsford B.C.

An Update To The Blog

To my blog readers:

As of today, cialis my blog Cheese-Wearing Theology is now self-hosted. What does this mean? The web address hasn’t changed, cialis sale but if you subscribed to my blog while it was hosted on you will have to resubscribe. I apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you. I hope that you will re-subscribe and be a part of the cheese-wearing community. If you would like to subscribe via email, unhealthy please see the link on the right side of the homepage.

It’s been a busy week as I have worked to move everything over, so my blogging has been a bit irregular. That should change this week. There are lots of exciting things to come on the blog, so I hope that you will join me for that.

Again, I just want to thank all of my readers, and I hope that the community that is being built here continues to grow.

And a big shout-out goes to Nick, who helped me get the blog all set up on its new server.


Another Canadian Christian Blog

Check out April Yamasaki‘s blog. April is the lead pastor at Emmanuel Mennonite Church in Abbotsford B.C. Also, recipe check out Emmanuel Mennonite’s church blog here.

Here a few links to some of her blog posts:

Why I believe the Bible encourages Women in Ministry

In my congregation, we work hard at having a mix of men and women in ministry–in leadership and behind the scenes, on Council, as deacons, as Committee members, as visible leadership on Sunday morning. The participation of both men and women is not just tokenism. It’s not some kind of artificial quota system. Instead, it’s a recognition that it takes all of us to be the church, it takes all of us to build the church, and God has given each of us something we can use for the common good of our life together.

Ministry is not about fancy titles or about whose name comes first. It’s not about whether men are better than women, or women better than men. Instead we are to serve God and to serve one another.

There is mutuality in ministry, where the church is not only about women submitting to men or about men submitting to women. It’s not only about the church listening to its leaders, or about church leaders listening to their people. But church ministry is about all of that–where we submit to one another out of reverence for Christ (Ephesians 5:21) and we submit to God (James 4:7) as we work together as the body of Christ, who is the head of the church.

Lectio Divina and Looking for Jesus

I have to admit that the nay-sayers have a point. Lectio divina as it’s practiced today can be overly subjective–how do I know that it’s God and not last night’s black bean garlic chicken that is speaking to me? How do I distinguish between the voice of God and my own imagination? That’s one reason to practice lectio divina in community–as it has been practiced in the monastic tradition–and to practice it also along with other disciplines of Scripture study that take seriously the historical, social, literary, and other aspects of the text as well as our own context today. As a check on my own wayward heart, the subjectivity of lectio divina is wisely also subject to community discernment and other study.

The ever-growing list of Canadian Christian Blogs can be found here.

Blogs That Challenge Me or, The Importance of Reading Blogs I Disagree With

Someone asked me, prostate “Amanda, why do you read TGC if it frustrates you so much?”

Ah yes, the million dollar question.

My blog reader is full of all kinds of blogs. Some are blogs that encourage me, others are blogs that remind me how diverse and beautiful the Body of Christ really is. And still others frustrate me to no end. As will be seen, it is not just Young, Restless, Reformed blogs that belong on this list of blogs that challenge me.

Reading blogs that challenge me, accomplishes several things:

1. It reminds me that I am not always right. I know, it’s shocking isn’t it? Amanda is not always right.

2. It challenges me to think through why I believe what I believe on certain issues. On several issues, I have learned that I believe what I believe not “just because” but because I have theologically wrestled through the issues and spent time in prayer and study on the issue.

3. It reminds me what the essentials are. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, Christian Unity means affirming the essentials, and allowing space for the non-essentials. (Ultimately, it comes down to this)

4. It gives me something to write about on the blog. Let’s face it, sometimes the best blog material comes from wrestling through the areas of disagreement. And as everyone knows, if you post a response to something Mark Driscoll has said, it is bound to create a stir.

5. Just because I disagree with the content of certain blogs does not mean that I cannot learn from them.Sometimes these blogs actually have valuable content that I don’t disagree with. This has happened, surprisingly, numerous times over at TGC, including a fantastic post this week on the relationship between pastors and theologians.

So, without further ado, here are some of the blogs that challenge me; blogs that I read and will continue to read even when they frustrate me and make me question the future of Christianity. Some of these are on the list because I have theological and philosophical disagreements with them, and others because I think they push their agenda too far and too hard at the expense of promoting Christian charity.

The Gospel Coalition: including Justin Taylor and Kevin DeYoung‘s blogs.

Feminism and Religion.

Experimental Theology by Richard Beck.

Denny Burk.

Women in Theology.

Tim Challies.

Homebrewed Christianity. (speaking of, check out this week’s Christian Humanist podcast that takes a gentle swipe at the folks at HC, for being “I am so Christian I look atheist”)

Anglican Samizdat.

Jesus Needs New P.R. by Matthew Paul Turner.

What blogs challenge you?

Blogs, Blog Rankings, Gender and Kvetching

So the top 200 Church blogs list has been updated. The good news is that Political Jesus is on the list at 200! The bad news is that just like the Biblioblog ranking controversy from last year, viagra the lack of women on the list is an issue. Check out Sarah’s post here.

I thought maybe they had specifically not included writers who might fall into the category of “mom bloggers”. But of the blogs I was familiar with (which were a LOT of them) I noticed Nicole Cottrell and Shaun Groves on the list. Shaun is a self-proclaimed “mom blogger”, and I guess because he contributes over at Simple Mom and does write about his kids fairly often. Neither would be foremost classified as mom bloggers, medicine but honestly neither would many many other moms of faith who blog and have large readerships. Shaun jumped into the conversation on Twitter last night, pointing out that Kent Shaffer’s list is largely based on another list he said that required bloggers to submit their blogs for ranking. I immediately noticed Ann Voskamp was on that other list but was notably absent from Kent Shaffer’s list. If she’s not an influential Christ follower, I don’t know who is. Ann jumped in to add that she didn’t believe she had ever signed up for such a list, which Ed Stetzer also claimed.

Melissa Fitzpatrick shared my frustration with the absence of women on the list. We both agreed with Shaun that these lists in and of themselves are meaningless, but perhaps this list reflects something larger going on in the community of faith.

I’ve heard women like Rachel Held Evans and Sarah Bessey talk a lot about how often women’s voices are drowned out in the church. How we simply don’t get a seat at the table. Yes, Rachel and Sarah are egalitarians.

I guess what I have discovered after three years of blogging, is that I read blogs and write blog posts not to be ranked, but to be a part of a community. The community of bloggers has become an integral part to my Christian walk, and honestly, with some of the stuff I’ve been through the past couple of years, if it wasn’t for the online community of bloggers, I would probably have a much more cynical view of the Church. The community of bloggers is an extension of the physical body of Christ, and I have found myself encouraged, stretched, challenged and edified by the conversations that happen in the blogosphere. I have made some amazing friendships with people who, though I have never met in person, are quickly becoming kindred spirits.

On the one hand, I do want to point out that even though the 200 list says that Rod is the author of Political Jesus, he has always made a point of noting that PJ is the work of 3 authors: Rod, Chad and myself (a woman). And so, just because the top 200 lists the authors does not mean that that author is the ONLY author on the blog.

On the other hand, I approach this whole kerfuffle with a general ‘meh.’ I lived through the Biblioblog drama last year, and at the end of the day, my blog got categorized as a ‘related’ blog because it’s a theo-blog rather than a biblioblog. Since then, I just don’t care. If you like my blog, like my blog. If you read my blog, read my blog. Metrics and measurements for ranking and categorizing blogs is imperfect and very very flawed. So my advice: everyone make their own list of top blogs that they read. I have done this in the past with “Female Christian Bloggers I read” and with “My Favourite Blogs of the Year“, and I should do an updated list for 2012.

The blogosphere is organic. New blogs appear, old ones fade away. Some blogs grow stronger as they find their voice, and others become muted as life takes the author into busy seasons.

My advice: if you blog, blog well. If you read and enjoy blogs then let the author of the blogs you read know. Participate in the community and join the conversations that permeate the blogosphere!

Random Blog Posts and Stuff

New research over at Ed Stetzer’s blog suggests that the Young, check Restless and Reformed movement of Calvinism isn’t growing among mainline or non-mainline churches. I find this fascinating given how how prolific their blog/web presence seems to be:

Some highlights of the research:

• 29% are strongly neither – strongly disagree with both the Calvinist and Arminian labels
• 12% are strongly Arminian – strongly agree to being theologically Arminian and strongly disagree to being Calvinist
• 10% are strongly Calvinist – strongly agree to being theologically Calvinist and strongly disagree to being Arminian
• 4% are strongly confused – strongly agree to being both theologically Calvinist and Arminian
• Pastors under age 45 are more likely than other age groups to strongly disagree they are Arminian

Lots of questions remain. There is an assumption out there that Calvinism is growing (hence the books we discussed in the video), but we do not see it nationally through this study. Both people who like and those who dislike Calvinism see such growth, but we do not see it in the survey– and, for that matter, we cannot tell if the 2006 SBC graduate trend continued.


Daniel Kirk dons a hoodie:

And, so, in solidarity with black Americans, who apparently must continue to live in fear that merely the color of their skin will make them objects of violence, I am taking up the theme of the “million hoodie march” and changing my online profile pictures to this…I cannot be in New York or Philadelphia for a million hoodie march, but I can show my little corner of the world that I stand against the evil of racial hatred and the violence that comes from profiling.

Has anyone been compiling a list of the Christian websites or blogs that have been addressing the tragic death of Trayvon Martin? I know that John Piper has written about it. Who else?

Leslie writes A Blogger Remind Other Bloggers Why We Blog:

Some bloggers are, first and foremost, writers. But some are pastors, or professors, or students, or techies, or lawyers, or booksellers, or members of a small band of revolutionaries trying to change the world. Yes, blogs need to be easy to locate, navigate and read. And like anyone to whom God gives even a small platform, bloggers should be committed to becoming better communicators by listening to the people who can help them do it. But rankings, hits, subscribers, and blogrolls are not why we write.

And if they are, we become susceptible to the temptation of saying to God that the voice He has given us isn’t the one we want.

When it happens (and it is a “when,” not an “if”) that a blogger begins to give in to the siren song of thinking that maybe the voice that God has given them should start sounding more like all the other voices (1 Corinthians 12 comes to mind here), it’s time stop writing, at least for a little while, and spend some time in silence listening.

Adam Nigh asks did Jesus’ death satisfy God’s wrath?:

Does God need the death of Christ in order to love us? No! We do! Does his sense of justice stand in his way of him loving us until Christ satisfies it, only then leaving him free to love us? No! It was because God loved us that he sent his only Son (John 3:16)! It is us that need justice to be satisfied. It is us that need the law in order to know that we are sinners (Romans 7:7) and us that need the demands of the law fulfilled on our behalf.


And it is all Eric‘s fault that I want to reactivate my World of Warcraft account. Either that or have a Big Bang Theory marathon. Oh, or both at the same time! All because he sent me this clip on Facebook:

Anglican Week — A Few Anglican Blogs

A few Anglican blogs from a variety of countries and perspectives.

Anglican Essentials. This is also a Canadian Christian blog.

Creedal Christian by Bryan Owen. Bryan currently serves as the Canon for Parish Ministry at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Cathedral in Jackson, rx Mississippi.

Fr. Jonathan’s blog.

Crusty Old Dean
by Tom Ferguson. Tom currently serves as Dean of Bexley Hall Seminary, one of the eleven accredited seminaries of the Episcopal Church.

Musings of a Hardline Moderate by Carson Clark. Check out one of his recent posts on The Question of Ultimate Commitments Raised by AMiA’s upheaval.

by Doug Chaplin. Check out his post Anglicans and the Authority of Scripture.

New West Anglican Blog
from the diocese of New Westminister.

Thinking Anglicans.

Anglican Samizdat by David Jenkins.

KiwiAnglo Blog. A blog from New Zealand.

Preludium by Mark Harris. Mark is a priest in the Episcopal diocese of Delaware.

What Anglican blogs are you reading?