Double Imputation – What Is It?

At the heart of the Protestant consensus about the Gospel for the last 500 years is claim that our sins are imputed to Christ, and Christ’s righteousness is imputed to us.  This is “double imputation”.  Others have called it the “Great Exchange”.  Christ has died in our place, and in exchange we have been given […]

Double Imputation – Does it Matter?

Sitting around the dinner table at Easter, our 24 year old daughter asked me, “Dad, if someone doesn’t fully understand double imputation, can they still be a Christian?” It was a good question that arose in the midst of a discussion about a course I teach on the doctrine of justification. I had mentioned that […]

Rigorous Theology?

“Rigorous theology provides believers with a map of reality. These maps may seem dry and schematic — most maps do compared with reality — but they contain the accumulated wisdom of thousands of co-believers who through the centuries have faced similar journeys and trials. Rigorous theology allows believers to examine the world intellectually as well […]

Doctrine Wins

With all of the furor surrounding Rob Bell’s recent book, Love Wins (HaperOne 2011) it may seem counterintuitive to say that interest in the book (as evidenced by the Time Magazine cover article on it) owes more to the enduring interest in Christian doctrine rather than to the ambiguity of belief so characteristic of Bell’s […]

Double Imputation – Does it Matter?

Sitting around the dinner table at Easter, our 24 year old daughter asked me, “Dad, if someone doesn’t fully understand double imputation, can they still be a Christian?” It was a good question that arose in the midst of a discussion about a course I teach on the doctrine of justification. I had mentioned that […]

Bumping into Our Differences

Why do churches that confess the same gospel look and feel so different across different cultural and social locations? Why are evangelical churches in Boston so different on one side of the Charles River from those on the other side? In part it’s because our God given identity is thoroughly embedded in those social locations. We are […]

Blessings and Curses of Partisanship

Cocoons of partisan information often leave us isolated from dissenting voices. But sometimes they enable us to privilege the relationships that matter the most. These are the two sides of information overload. Blessing and Curse. After the Fall, part of our experience is the reminder in creation of how things are “supposed to be” and also remind us […]

Cocoons of Partisan Information

In a recent Op-Ed piece in the New York Times (March 12, 2010), David Brooks described the strikingly different portrayals of President Obama during his first year in office. Brooks pointed at the surprisingly entrenched partisan nature of national political discourse about Obama these days. The yearning for a post-partisan spirit in Washington as recent as the […]

Rewoven Into the Fabric of Redemption: Section V

  Continued from Part 2 Identity Shaped by the Kingdom Our confessional documents state that “those who have been saved by the grace of God through union with Christ by faith and through regeneration by the Holy Spirit enter the kingdom of God and delight in the blessings of a new covenant.” A biblical concept of […]

Rewoven Into The Fabric of Redemption: Section IV

Mosaic Covenant When God brings the Israelites out of Egypt 430 years after Abraham, he took them to Mount Sinai under Moses’ leadership and established a covenant with them. This covenant operated within the Abrahamic covenant but introduced a principle of works. The covenant is initially ratified in Exodus 19 – 24, but reiterated at great length […]