While I share the authors’ desire to affirm the full humanity of Jesus, I do not believe “doubt” and “cold feet,” e.g., are proper ways to do so. The Christian tradition gives us better ways of speaking properly about Christ’s solidarity with us. christianitytoday.com/ct/2021/april-…
The same thing is true mutatis mutandis of how contemporary writers treat the cry of dereliction, wherein Jesus experiences “abandonment” and thus is with us in our feelings of isolation etc.
The trouble in both cases & others like them is that, in our attempt to show how Jesus’ humanity is vicarious & in solidarity w/us, we give away too much in the process.
More classical christological formulae retain both Jesus’ solidarity and vicariousness, but they also maintain what these contemporary models tend to forget - his human perfections by virtue of his hypostatic union & thus his impeccability.

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3 Apr
This erroneous construction is a demonstration of the obverse of the CT piece yesterday.

We can affirm all at once that Jesus is both perfect & fully human.

We can affirm all at once that he suffered injustice & was divinely ordained to suffer & that he gave his life willingly.
Also, and again, Jesus suffered *the Triune God’s* wrath, not only the Father’s (as if the divine attributes are able to be parceled out among the persons anyway).
Theological error is (at least) a result of one of more of the following:

1) our failure to properly distinguish btw categories;
2) our failure to maintain particular categories;
3) our overemphasis of a particular category at the expense of another legitimate category.
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3 Apr
Here’s a thread on what I’ve written/recorded on Holy Saturday.

First, my @ivpacademic book: "He Descended to the Dead": An Evangelical Theology of Holy Saturday amazon.com/dp/0830852581/…
A few @TGC pieces:

Concise Theology Essay - thegospelcoalition.org/essay/christs-…

Preaching the Descent - thegospelcoalition.org/article/preach…

OT Echoes of Holy Saturday - thegospelcoalition.org/article/holy-s…
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15 Mar
Remember in the 2000s when we emphasized “guard the good deposit” and “pass on sound doctrine”?

It’s obvious now that, while that emphasis is biblical and good, we forgot to emphasize its counterpart - found in the same letters! - regarding divisiveness:
“…remain at Ephesus so that you may charge certain persons not to teach any different doctrine, nor to devote themselves to myths and endless genealogies, which promote speculations rather than the stewardship from God that is by faith.” 1 Tim. 1:3–4
“Certain persons, by swerving from these, have wandered away into vain discussion, desiring to be teachers of the law, without understanding either what they are saying or the things about which they make confident assertions.” 1 Tim. 1:6–7
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15 Mar
Today is a good day to check out @BaptistRenewal
The NT warnings are clear - there are dangers in both directions related to the charges to “pass on sound doctrine” & “guard the good deposit.”

On the one hand, we can widen the tent too much, to the extent that we become or tolerate false teachers who tickle itching ears.
On the other hand, we can, in the interest of doctrinal fidelity, shrink the boundaries so much that we become divisive, obsessed with silly myths, endless genealogies, & pointless controversies.
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18 Feb
Make Hermeneutics 101 Great Again™️
Seriously, how many of these Twitter debates would be put to bed if we all - including many of the loudest voices - shared a grasp on basic hermeneutical concepts?
Honestly, I suspect that this, along with other online “controversies,” are more about catechesis (or the lack thereof) in our local churches than they are about whatever is purported to be the source of conflict.
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16 Feb
I get that Christians are (rightly) wary of elitism. Christian scholars are not any closer to or more in tune with God than a fellow believer in the pew.
And, for Baptists in particular, the local congregation is the locus of authority, not any pope, ecclesial or academic, making pronouncements from afar.
At the same time, there are academic discussions related to hermeneutics, theology, ethics, and the like that use technical terminology and difficult concepts and that therefore require familiarity and precision.
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