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…
A few @TGC pieces:

Concise Theology Essay -…

Preaching the Descent -…

OT Echoes of Holy Saturday -…
Other related pieces include this essay on “What Is Sheol?” at @desiringGod:…

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8 Apr
Complementarianism is an embattled theological position on a # of fronts. I do not find any of the following feasible:

1) To equate complementarianism *as a theological position* w/ misogyny is infeasible. That would require you to repudiate 2 millennia of the church.
Regarding this first infeasible option, it wrongly equates mistaken appropriations of the position for sinful ends (e.g. oppression & abuse of women) w/ the position itself. It also is incredibly anti-catholic, esp. given the interest in catholicity by some who take this tack.
2) Another infeasible option, at least for SBC churches, is to retreat from the quest. w/ recourse to local church autonomy. We don’t affirm hierarchical polity, but we also cooperate w/ one another on the basis of a common confession, the BFM 2000, which inc. complementarianism.
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8 Apr
“The only thing that would bring me comfort is seeing him again. Sorry. I'm so tired. It's...It's just like this wave washing over me, again and again. It knocks me down, and when I try to stand up, it just comes for me again. And I...It's just gonna drown me.”

All loss is incredibly painful. There is something uniquely terrible about addiction and overdose, though. I lost my brother 3 weeks ago today and I’ve been losing him for 17 years.
Vision’s quote is still a little too neat, as profound as it is. Grief over the death of an addict isn’t just love persevering; it’s grief over a life slowly stolen, anger over injustice and bad choices, sorrow over the pain someone chose to mask with illicit substances.
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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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2 Apr
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.…
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.
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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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