The Gospel Coalition just released the December 2017 issue of Themelios, which has 161 pages of editorials, articles, and book reviews. It is freely available in three formats: (1) PDF, (2) web version, and (3) Logos Bible Software. A print edition will be available for purchase in several weeks from Wipf and Stock.
Links to editorials, articles, and book reviews in Themelios 42.3 are included below.
- D. A. Carson | Should Pastors Today Still Care about the Reformation? Why should busy pastors set aside valuable hours to read up on the Reformation, usually thought to have kicked off about five hundred years ago? Don Carson offers nine reasons why the Reformation still matters for today’s pastors.
- Daniel Strange | I’m (Not) Getting Sentimental over You. Positively and practically we should be focusing on virtue formation as a way our emotions are controlled and properly directed towards the fulfilment of human life.
- Bruce Riley Ashford | Tayloring Christian Politics in Our Secular Age. Christians have a unique opportunity to reimagine our political witness in light of our secular age, reframe public issues, reform public dispositions, reshape political activism, and recover the lost art of Christian persuasion.
- Andrew Chinpeng Ho | A Paragon of Faith? Doubting Abraham. While encrusted generational layers of pious reverence for Abraham have made him out to be a hero of faith, he was not yet one when called at 75. Yet through this unfaithful man, God chose to solve the specific problem that arose when the families of the earth rebelled against him at the end of primeval history.
- Graham Shearer | Covenant, Creation and Children: A Response to David Gibson’s Critique of Credobaptism. David Gibson has argued that credobaptism risks “being sacramentally docetic” since it weakens the relationship between nature and grace on baptism. Graham Shearer responds that credobaptism gives fullest weight to the outworking of salvation history within the created order.
- Graham Beynon | The Helpfulness of the Lesser Known Work: Isaac Watts on the Passions. Isaac Watts is well known as a hymn writer, but he also wrote significant works on the place of passion in the Christian life. Writing at a time of “cool” religion in England, Watts aimed to breathe warmth into the religion of his day, while still being aware of the dangers of “enthusiasm.”
- Eric C. Redmond, Walter J. Redmond Jr., and Charis A. M. Redmond | #Charlottesville: Some Gospel Thinking on White Supremacy. Evangelicals, as a whole, must engage white supremacy as a worthy opponent to the mission and message of the gospel instead of acknowledging race-based hate as a minor threat. Failure to do so directly injures the church’s ability to reach marginalized groups who have become victim to rising attitudes of hate and xenophobia.
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