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New Credo Magazine Available

Credo Magazine released its January 2012 issue today entitled, “In Christ Alone.” There are essays in it by scholars like Gerald Bray and Nathan Finn, as well as interviews with David Wells, and Robert Peterson. Among the reviews is my own of Michael Haykin’s very useful Rediscovering the Church Fathers, that I think would make for a good textbook for first year patristics or historiography courses. You can access the PDF of the magazine here or in an open publication format – which means you can “flip” the pages on your screen. Below is the table of contents for the main essays:

Gerald Bray, “Does the Holy Spirit Speak Apart from Christ?” 23

Todd Miles, “The Fate of the Unevangelized and the Need for Faith in Christ,” 29

Todd Borger, “Can Inclusivism Be Supported by the Old Testament?” 39

Ardel B. Caneday, “‘Faith Comes By Hearing’: Some Lessons for Evangelicals?” 45

Timothy Beougher, “Does A Belief in Inclusivism Weaken Movitation and Evangelism?” 52

Nathan Finn, “Responding to Bell on Hell: Some Lessons for Evangelicals,” 58

My review is on page 72.


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January Issue of Credo

Credo Magazine has just released the cover page and table of contents of their upcoming January issue entitled “In Christ Alone,” dealing with inclusivism. It looks to be quite good with articles by Gerald Bray, Ardel Caneday, Nathan Finn; interviews with David Wells, Michael Horton; shorter pieces by Trevin Wax, Michael Reeves; and reviews by Fred Zaspel, Steve Cowan. I’m thankful to have a review in this issue as well; it is on Michael Haykin’s Rediscovering the Church Fathers.


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Newton on Luke 14:12-14

As you can tell, I’ve been doing some study on Christianity and “social justice.” Tim Keller’s Generous Justice is very helpful. What I find really great are the quotes from some of my Reformed heroes like Edwards on helping the poor etc. This one is from John Newton (1725-1807),* the great Calvinist hymn-writer who gave us Amazing Grace. Newton is commenting on Luke 14:12-14 (click here to read), about inviting the poor and not your friends to a banquet:

One would almost think that Luke 14:12-14 was not considered part of God’s word, nor has any part of Jesus’s teaching been more neglected by his own people. I do not think it is unlawful to entertain our friends; but if these words do not teach us that it is in some respects or duty to give a preference to the poor, I am at a loss to understand them (John Newton, The Works of John Newton [Carlisle, PA: Banner of Truth, 1985], 1:136.).

Those are some pretty strong words.


* For more on John Newton check out Michael Haykin’s lecture.

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Haykin on Spurgeon’s Conversion

I’ve just begun reading through Arnold Dallimore’s biography of Charles Spurgeon and am in the second chapter and the glorious telling of Spurgeon’s conversion. I love this story. One of the reasons for my love of it is the voice I hear in my head as my eyes traverse the page. Many times have I heard Michael Haykin lecture on Spurgeon; when he gets to this part of the story, I believe, he’s at his story-telling best. The tone, the volume, the accent can’t be put to paper (or pixel), but it’s in my head. Especially when Haykin bellows out, in a put-on slur (it’s the only word I can think of) the words of the working-class Primitive Methodist preacher whom Spurgeon heard yell, “Look unto me!” All my days I’ll read these words and have that voice in my head. And for that I’m glad.


A commenter asked for the story of the conversion, so here it is in his own words from his Autobiography {HT: Spurgeon Archive}

I sometimes think I might have been in darkness and despair until now had it not been for the goodness of God in sending a snowstorm, one Sunday morning, while I was going to a certain place of worship. When I could go no further, I turned down a side street, and came to a little Primitive Methodist Chapel. In that chapel there may have been a dozen or fifteen people. I had heard of the Primitive Methodists, how they sang so loudly that they made people’s heads ache; but that did not matter to me. I wanted to know how I might be saved, and if they could tell me that, I did not care how much they made my head ache. The minister did not come that morning; he was snowed up, I suppose. At last, a very thin-looking man,* a shoemaker, or tailor, or something of that sort, went up into the pulpit to preach. Now, it is well that preachers should be instructed; but this man was really stupid. He was obliged to stick to his text, for the simple reason that he had little else to say. The text was,—

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Heresy, What Is It?

My friend Alex emailed a bunch of us asking the question, How does one define heresy? I’d been meaning to respond with a quote from Michael Haykin’s book on early church apologetics called Defence of the Truth. Because the definition he gives in the book is a good clarification on a confused issue, I thought I’d post it here for more general consumption:

What exactly is heresy? In the ancient church, that is the church up until the sixth century, the term “heresy” became a technical term to describe aberrant teaching that undermined the fundamental truth of the Christian faith. It was deemed so serious that those who were described as heretics were considered to be beyond the bounds of salvation.

Our English word “heresy” comes from a Greek word hairesis, which, in classical Greek meant “choice.” This use of this term does not occur in the New Testament. Six out of nine occurrences of the word in the New Testament are best translated by the words “sect” or “party.” Thus, for instance, in Acts 26:5, the apostle Paul claimed that “according to the strictest party [hairesin] of our religion I lived as a Pharisee.” And in Acts 24:5, Paul is described by the Roman lawyer Tertullus as a “ringleader of the sect [haireses] of the Nazarenes.” Hairesis, though, can also have a decidedly negative meaning. Paul lists it as one of the works of the flesh in Galatians 5:20, where he has in mind factionalism, not heretical teaching.

In only one New Testament verse, however, does the word carry the full meaning of our word “heresy.” That occurs in 2 Peter 2:1 where Peter says that false teachers will “secretly bring in destructive heresies [haireseis], even denying the Master who bought them.” But even a cursory reading of the New Testament letters will reveal that although the term “heresy” is not used, this is indeed what a number of the letters are seeking to protect God’s people against. Paul, for example, had to stand against those who denied the resurrection of the body in 1 Corinthians 15 and repudiate those in Galatia who would compromise the cardinal truth of justification by faith alone. And Jude, referred to earlier, is clearly dealing with aberrant theology that we could call “heresy.”

Michael A. G. Haykin, Defence of the Truth: Contending for the Faith Yesterday and Today (Darlington: Evangelical Press, 2004), 10.

A couple of helpful resources on the issue of heresy are, of course, G. K. Chesterton’s Heretics, Harold O. J. Brown’s Heresies which are now both considered to be classic treatments of the subject. More recently, Alister McGrath has written Heresy: A History of Defending the Truth (San Francisco: HarperOne, 2010).


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SSMI Podcast

Sola Scriptura Ministries here in Canada have begun a podcast that I’d like to recommend. The first installment involves a discussion between Michael Haykin and Heinz Dschankilic on the question of doctrine and its importance for the church. Check it out:

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Interacting with Bebbington on the Enlightenment

In an earlier post I summarized David Bebbington’s chapter on the Enlightenment from his excellent book The Dominance of Evangelicalism. Here I link to some responses to his views, not just from this book, but from his overall historical project. The first place anyone should turn to for a response to Bebbington, on a range of issues, is The Advent of Evangelicalism edited by Michael A. G. Haykin and Kenneth J. Stewart. There are three chapters in this book that deal with the issue of Bebbington on the Enlightenment, two of which are available in other forms on the internet.

The first is a direct response to Bebbington on the Enlightenment, by Haykin, called “Evangelicalism and the Enlightenment: a reassessment.” This is the second chapter of Advent and also appears in similar form in Loving the God of Truth ed. Andrew M. Fountain.

The second is Stewart’s chapter dealing with the doctrine of scripture: “The evangelical doctrine of Scripture, 1650-1850: a re-examination of David Bebbington’s theory.” This essay appears in Evangelical Quarterly 67.2 (2005): 135-153 as “Does Evangelicalism Pre-Date the 18th Century? An Examination of the David Bebbington Thesis.”

The third is Garry J. Williams’ chapter “Englightenment epistemology and eighteenth-century evangelical doctrines of assurance.” This can be found in Tyndale Bulletin 53.2 (2002): 283-312 as “Was Evangelicalism Created by the Enlightenment?

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Haykin’s Two Questions

Michael Haykin asks “Two Simple Questions” that I think are important enough to be reprinted here in their entirety {HT: Trevin Wax}:

Here is a simple question: If a Christian community is regularly speaking of reconciliation to God through the Lord Jesus Christ, and that by sovereign grace alone, but is rent by divisions with little or no actual reconciliation between the various groups within this community, what should we say about this community?

Here is another: If a Christian community is passionate about truth but has no obvious relish for unity with others who preach the same fundamental truths, and if they never speak about these others, let alone pray for them, what does this say about this community?

I know what I think, what about you?


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Ussher Thesis Abstract

The Gospel Witness published a copy of my master of theology thesis abstract in their October edition, I reprint it here:

Whenever I have a conversation about James Ussher (1581-1656), the subject of my recent master of theology thesis, the question about his view of the earth’s age comes up. Ussher is famous for nominating October 23, 4004 BC as the date that God created the heavens and earth. While biblical genealogy was an important aspect of Ussher’s studies, it would be an over-simplification to think that his Annals of the World is his most important work. In the nineteenth-century Ussher’s Works were compiled into seventeen volumes that ranged across a large territory of scholarship including church government, Pelagianism, the Septuagint, and the veracity of the writings of Ignatius of Antioch. Ussher was a biblical-theologian as well as a master text-critic, philologist and patrologist.

It is this last aspect of Ussher studies that I worked on for my thesis. In particular, I studied a document that he published entitled Immanuel, or, The Mystery of the Incarnation of the Son of God (1638). This short tract is a clear exposition of the person and work of Christ that is well-situated within the western theological tradition. My purpose was to trace the patristic language of Immanuel, evaluating how Ussher used key terminology that was crystallized at the Council of Chalcedon (451). In addition to this I also produced a critical edition of Immanuel comparing the eleven editions that had been published in Ussher’s lifetime.

This work was completed under the supervision of Michael Haykin, to whom I am profoundly thankful for all of the help that he offered. My readers were Dennis Ngien of Tyndale Seminary and Crawford Gribben of Trinity College Dublin. My experience both in terms of the research/writing and the defence was exceptional. I experienced great love and care from my brothers in Christ as I was challenged and encouraged in terms of the work I had done and the future course of continued education that I should take. Thank are also due to TBS for providing an environment where learning and piety are wed that makes academic studies profitable for both the academy and the church.

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Canadian Baptist Historical Society 2011

5 March 2011


Tyndale Seminary
25 Ballyconnor Ct.
Toronto, ON

The Canadian Baptist Historical Society (CBHS) traces its origins back to the nineteenth century when Baptists passionate about their heritage began a process of preserving critical documents and studying the Baptist presence in Ontario and Quebec. Its primary focus is on the history of all Baptists in the Canadian context, but the study of Baptists around the globe is also a part of its mandate. Scholars, pastors, students and those interested in Baptist history are all warmly invited to attend meetings of the society. The CBHS is always interested in paper proposals for its meetings, and if you have a proposal for next year’s meeting please send it to Gord Heath.

The CBHS has also recently started to publish a series of books on Baptist history. Volume one is Baptists and Public Life in Canada (anticipated publication 2011). Volume Two is Baptists and War (anticipated publication 2012). Other volumes are expected in subsequent years.

This year’s annual meeting is at Tyndale Seminary.

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Andrew Fuller Conference Audio

The Andrew Fuller Center has posted the audio from last week’s conference “Baptist Spirituality – Historical Perspectives.” As I’ve said in an earlier post, it was a great conference and I was glad to be a part of it. Now you can hear what it was like by downloading the mp3’s!

I hope that the audio for the sessions by Stephen Yuille and Aaron Menikoff will get posted soon – I missed both of them unfortunately (I was trying to catch my breath before I had to speak!). As well, Greg Thornbury’s isn’t posted and I assume that it wasn’t recorded because it was in the Broadus Chapel.

Lemme know what you think!

Monday, August 24

9:00 am Plenary Session 1: Crawford Gribben
“Irish Baptist Piety in the 17th Century” (MP3)

10:25 am Plenary Session 2: Robert Strivens
“Evangelical Spiritualities in Early 18th Century English Dissent: Philip Doddridge and John Gill” (MP3)

11:45 am Plenary Session 3: Gerald Priest
“A. C. Dixon: Exemplar of Fundamentalist Spirituality” (MP3)

2:30-5:00 pm Parallel Sessions
1. English Baptist Piety in the 17th and 18th Centuries (Chair: Paul Brewster)

2. Baptist Piety in 19th Century Great Britain (Chair: Michael Haykin)

3. Baptist Piety in 19th Century North America (Chair: Jeff Robinson)

8:15 pm Plenary Session 4: Greg Thornbury
“Baptist Spirituality and Theological Education” (Audio Not Available)

Tuesday, August 25

10:00 am SBTS Convocation:  R. Albert Mohler
“‘The Time is Near’ – The Emphatically Eschatological Essence of the Christian Ministry” (MP3)

11:40 am Plenary Session 5: Tom Nettles
“The Piety of James Petigru Boyce” (MP3)

2:30-3:30 pm Plenary Session 6: Greg Wills
“Relevance, Severity, and Spiritual Power in Baptist Piety” (MP3)

3:40-4:50 pm Plenary Session 7: Kevin Smith
“A Distracted Piety: African-American Baptists” (MP3)

“Amsterdam 400”: A Quatercentennial Celebration of Baptist Witness

6:45 pm “Spirituality of Historic Baptist Hymnody: A Hymn Sing” (MP3)

7:45 pm Plenary Session 8: Malcolm Yarnell
“ ‘We Believe with the Heart and with the Mouth Confess’: The Engaging Piety of John Smyth and the Early General Baptists” (MP3)

9:00 pm “Reformed and Anabaptist: Strengths and Shortcomings of Two Traditions” A Late Night Discussion between Drs. Yarnell and Haykin (MP3)


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More Fuller Center Conference Roundup

The “I will build my church…in Ireland” blog is doing a book give away for Michael Haykin and Kenneth Stewart’s recent Advent of Evangelicalism here.

Jeff Straub of Central Baptist Seminary shares some conference thoughts here.

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Post-Conference Thoughts

The Andrew Fuller Center for Baptist Studies, housed at Southern Seminary, held their annual conference on August 24-25 in Louisville, KY. The conference was entitled “Baptist Spirituality – Historical Perspectives.” Keynote speakers included Greg Thornbury, Malcolm Yarnell, Crawford Gribben, Robert Strivens, Kevin Smith, etc. On the afternoon of the first day there were breakout sessions that included papers given by Stephen Yuille, Steve Weaver, Gordon Heath, Al Mickle, Aaron Menikoff, myself and others. All in all, the conference was excellent.

In order to save some jack, I drove down to Louisville in an RV with my good friend Greg McManus, pastor of Grace Community Church in London, ON. I would say getting to spend that time with Greg was one of the best parts of the trip. It was a twenty-hour round trip and we slept in the RV on the campus of Southern. The “rig” was awesome and had all of the comforts of home. Shower, microwave, oven, fridge/freezer, washroom, and it slept something like eight people. We bought groceries and ate most of our meals there. The weather was so nice in Louisville that we didn’t even need the airconditioning!

A number of highlights from the conference itself were: Kevin Smith’s paper called “A Distracted Piety: African American Baptists.” It was moving and quite informative. He traced the role of race and it’s relation to theological orthodoxy in the early African-American Baptist movement, showing that issues of race – while important – were subsurvient to doctrinal fidelity. The questions after the paper were also quite informative – if only from my observations as a Canadian. I was struck both from this lecture and Tom Nettles’ on J.P. Boyce that race was and still is an issue in the States. It is deeply entwined with their history, which of course includes the church’s history. I could not wrap my mind around the fact that Christians kept slaves. Dr. Smith did a great job at conveying the need for being Christians first and black, white, hispanic or whatever a distant second.

Greg Thornbury’s paper was also a major highlight for me. I had the delight of sitting next to Dr. Thornbury (dean of Union University) at the conference banquet. In fact, our whole table was great: Thornbury, Aaron Menikoff (and a friend), Malcolm Yarnell, Crawford Gribben, Greg McManus and myself. Greg, Crawford and I didn’t know any of them when we sat down. To see the interchange between Thornbury and Yarnell was extremely entertaining! It was also a delight to meet Aaron Menikoff whom I’d heard so much about. He’s an extremely nice guy.

Thornbury’s paper was on spirituality and theological education. He elucidated what he called “Personal Las Vegas” moments – or PLV’s. This is where a person moves from the Tupelo to the Vegas, using Elvis Presley as an example. Where one dawns the rhinestones in favour of the denim shirt. We all have these PLV’s, where we think something better of ourselves, when really we’ve just chumped out to a cliche. Thornbury applied this to institutions and people who have done this in baptist life, looking at Francis Wayland and his experiences in particular. It was well presented, humourous and indicting – to others and to myself. Thornbury is a scholar to watch.

The conference was timed to coincide with The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary’s convocation. Southern is celebrating their sesquicentennial this year, marking 150 years of their existence. Therefore convocation was especially poignant. I can’t tell you the feeling that surged through me when the massive congregation arose to sing “All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name” and the whole faculty processed through the chapel. Looking over to see top evangelical theologians like Tom Schreiner, Stephen Wellum, Michael Haykin, Denny Burk, Bruce Ware, Tom Nettles, Brian Vickers, etc., being led by Albert Mohler and Russell Moore to their seats at the front gave me goosebumps. Being there really made you feel like you were a part of something big. When Dr. Mohler announced the signing of the Abstract of Principles – Southern’s faith statement – the gravitas and solemnity was everywhere in the air. Chip Stam and Brian Vickers signed the statement as new full-time faculty. With quill in hand, they signed the 150 year old document with pride.

Dr. Mohler preached a great sermon from Revelation 1 on the eschatological nature of Christian ministry {here’s the video you can see Greg, Crawford and I at the bottom left of the screen}. He reminded us that Christ is sovereign over time, over kingdoms and over the church. And keeping this in perspective will only envigorate ministry and keep us in the faith. It was a great way to start the school year.

It was also a tremendous delight to spend time with Crawford Gribben. He’s a good friend and one who’s company I truly enjoy. I was glad that he and Greg to meet. I love it when I can introduce friends and the time spent hanging out with both of these men was fun; especially our breakfast at Lynn’s Paradise Cafe in Louisville where my friend John Tucker joined us. This place was ciche to the core – very Americana. I had the biggest breakfast I’d ever seen in my life – complete with grits and biscuits. I couldn’t finish it because it was so big! But man was it good.

In terms of my own paper, I think that it went well. From what I gather, most people came to my session, which was encouraging. I chalk that up to people being attracted to the name of Jonathan Edwards in the title: “Alexander Carson (1776-1844): Jonathan Edwards of the Nineteenth Century.” The response from people afterwards was humbling and deeply encouraging. I got a charge out of presenting the paper, although the Q&A left something to be desired (thanks Crawford!). Many thanks to the Center for allowing me to present, it was my first time doing something like this and they made it a great experience!

Steve Weaver, who ran the conference, did an excellent job. I remember running those conferences when it was the Jonathan Edwards Centre for Reformed Spirituality. We did them on a much smaller scale, and that was tough! Steve ran a massive conference at a huge campus with lots of attendees. I was impressed. Dr. Haykin was a great host, both of the conference in general and my own break-out session. So congratulations to both of them for a job well done. Hopefully the conference audio will be available at the Fuller Center website and you can listen to all of the talks. I highly recommend the Smith paper and Thornbury’s.


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Andrew Fuller Center Conference

The Andrew Fuller Center for Baptist Studies is holding its annual conference next week at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY. This year’s topic is “Baptist Spirituality: Historical Perspectives.” The Center has just published the flyer for the conference, which you can download here. Key note speakers include Michael Haykin, Malcolm Yarnell, Crawford Gribben, Thomas Nettles and other notables. Not in the latter category (!) is myself, whose ugly mug you see there on the second page.

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Ussher and Me

I first heard of James Ussher in 2003 when Dr. Haykin gave me a copy of Crawford Gribben’s The Irish Puritans: James Ussher and the Reformation of the Church. Dr. Haykin and I have a shared interest in things Irish, so it was a welcomed gift. I remember travelling to Grand Rapids with Dr. Haykin in the winter of ’03 and we stayed at Joel Beeke’s in-laws, where I read The Irish Puritans before bed. I also took advantage of Dr. Beeke’s library and read through some of Ussher’s Works at the old PRTS library. As well, a PRTS student named Terry Klaver had also read Crawford’s book and we had some good discussions. Afterwards, Terry sent me a PDF of Ussher’s Body of Divinity in the mail (now published by SGCB). If memory serves, Dr. Haykin and I also spent some time at the Calvin Seminary library where I read up on Irish church history.

In the late spring of 2004 I had the joy of going with Dr. Haykin to Britain. While in Ireland, I got to meet Crawford and his wife Pauline. Crawford was nothing but encouraging in the hopes of recruiting another Ussher fan. I was thrilled and this sealed the deal for me in terms of developing an interest in Ussher. I think touring Trinity College, Dublin with Crawford solidified things. Later he and I met up again where he gave me a DVD containing PDF’s of Ussher’s Works. I feel like so much has been handed to me. God is faithful.

In the summer of 2004, as a bachelor-party gift, Greg McManus gave me a copy of R. Buick Knox’s biography of Ussher entitled James Ussher: Archbishop of Armagh. Greg and I had for a few years shared a strong interest in things Puritan. Greg has maintained and developed his interest in John Owen. Early on I waffled between who to study. For a while, after being kicked in the ecclesial pants by The Reformed Pastor, I thought of Baxter. Afterwards, largely due to Greg’s interest in Owen, I thought of studying Thomas Goodwin. It wasn’t until reading Crawford’s book that Ussher became a serious topic.

After dialoging with Dr. Haykin about my future, and his strong suggestion that I don’t neglect the Fathers, I came into contact with Alan Ford through email. He teaches at Nottingham and is the author of the recent definitive biography of Ussher called James Ussher: Theology, History, and Politics in Early-Modern Ireland and England. Prof. Ford suggested looking at Ussher’s debates that he had with some Jesuits in Ireland over the early church Pelagian controversy. This then set me on a journey to study Augustine and Pelagianism, which I did my master of divinity thesis on. Dr. Haykin supervised and also had me read on Ignatius of Antioch, due to Ussher’s research on the authenticity of the Ignatian corpus.

This past year I began a master of theology in Puritan history. Having written papers on the English Reformation and Puritanism, I am now officially starting Ussher studies. It is 2009 and my interests in Ussher were started in 2003. It’s been six years before I could finally do some serious study on him!! But I’m thankful to finally get here. I just polished off Crawford’s biography for the second time – I appreciate it all the more now that I’ve read it after years of study. I am currently in the middle of Knox’s biography. After this I’ll turn to Ford, though I am currently reading his book The Protestant Reformation in Ireland 1590-1641.

This summer I will go through Ussher’s Works with an eye to his writings in ecclesiastical history, particularly patristics. My thesis, due in September, will be on Ussher as a patristic historian. This will hopefully get me prepared for a doctoral thesis on Ussher and the Pelagian controversy. All of this, of course, is in the Lord’s good timing.


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Conference: Luther and the Cross – June 18, 2009

This June Alister McGrath will be speaking at Tyndale on Martin Luther’s theology of the cross. Michael Haykin and Dennis Ngien are also to speak on the same topic. Here is the info (NOTE: It’s free!!):

“The Cross, Suffering and Spiritual Bewilderment”

Date: Thursday, June 18, 2009
Time: 6:30pm
Venue: Van Norman Centre, Tyndale University College & Seminary – 25 Ballyconnor Court, Toronto, ON
Host: Centre for Mentorship and Theological Reflection
Cost: Free, only pay for parking ($3)

Dr. Alister McGrath – “The Cross, Suffering and Spiritual Bewilderment: Martin Luther on the Life of Faith”
Dr. Michael A. G. Haykin – “The Spirit of the Crucified Christ – 2 Timothy 1”
Dr. Dennis Ngien – “Jacob’s Ladder – Encounter God – Genesis 28”

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Essay: English Reformation

Here is an essay that I wrote for my first master of theology reading seminar with Dr. Michael Haykin. This seminar was on the English Reformation. The essay itself is a survey and (slight) evaluation of three contemporary historians of the English Reformation, namely A. G. Dickens, Eamon Duffy and Diarmaid MacCulloch. I did well on the paper, praise the Lord!

I’ve also linked this in the “Graphe” page (to the right) where I’m going to catalogue anything of substance that I write.


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Recommendations for Readings in Philosophy

I’ve been afforded the opportunity to team-teach a course on the history of western philosophy next year with Michael Haykin. I’m very, very excited about it. Out of a twelve-week course, I’ll be giving six three hour lectures. My topics will be Aristotle; Anselm/Aquinas; Descartes/Locke; Hume/Kant; Marx; Foucault.

Our textbooks will likely be:
W. Andrew Hoffecker, Revolutions in Worldview (Phillipsburg, New Jersey: P&R Publishing, 2007).
Anthony Kenney (ed), The Oxford History of Western Philosophy (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2001).

I was wondering what resources you would recommend for studying either the full swath of western philosophy or individual figures – mostly the ones I’ve listed above. I want to amass a good bibliography. I already have a decent collection, but the more the merrier! This includes good primary and secondary sources; critical editions; out-of-print titles; websites; audio; etc.

You’ll note here at RearViewMirror that I’ll be posting resources both for this course and for my master’s work. It’s a good place to keep everything under one hat and at hand for quick reference.


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Haykin on Islam

A year or so ago I attended Sola Scriptura Ministries’ Toronto conference on Islam. The key note speakers were Thabiti Anyabwile, James White and Michael Haykin. While all of the talks were great, Dr. Haykin’s stood out. He offered an historical survey of the rise and conquest of Islam concluding with an early Christian response to this religion from the writings of John of Damascus. The Andrew Fuller Center has now posted the audio for this lecture which I took an opportunity to listen to while I grocery shopped this morning. Then, as now, I found this lecture to be intellectually stimulating.

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Spiritual Disciplines

Yesterday was the second meeting of the Toronto Pastors Fellowship, that group of pastors from the Toronto area and beyond who gather together for fellowship and learning. Dr. Michael Haykin spoke, giving an excellent talk on the need for Spiritual Disciplines. He highlighted three particular areas – preaching, baptism, eucharist, prayer – and illustrated them from church history. As always, it was fantastic and very encouraging.
It was also incredibly encouraging to meet with other pastors, many of whom inquired about our church planting and offered support. That, I must say, was humbling.
So, if you’re a pastor and are interested in getting together for mutual encouragement and intellectual stimulation go and register for the next meeting! Next month’s speaker is Stephen Kring and he will be discussing giving guidance.

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