Understanding Jesus’ Cry of Abandonment

Understanding Jesus’ Cry of Abandonment

Now that Good Friday is fast approaching we can expect to see a surge in online discussion about Christ’s saving work on the Cross. In this post I want to discuss Christ’s ‘cry of abandonment’ from the Cross – “My God, My God, why have you forsaken me?” (Mt 27:46; Mk 15:34) – because I feel this is one of the most misunderstood texts in all of Scripture. The historical Protestant (mis)understanding of Christ’s Atonement,...

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Luther, Barth, and Mathison: Good? Driscoll, Piper, and Covenant Seminary: Bad?

Don’t get me wrong, Christian Smith’s new book against biblicism, The Bible Made Impossible, is very good. It’s just a bit confusing at times. As I noted in my last post, Smith defines “biblicism” quite broadly (a bit too broadly for my taste), and then seeks to demonstrate how it cannot work as a system, but collapses under its own weight. When you get to the second part of the book, Smith moves from diagnosis to prescription, and...

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Covenant and Justification: Horton vs. Piper and Wright

I’m currently in Atlanta for the annual meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society, and I’d like to offer a brief synopsis of Michael Horton’s paper, “Covenant and Justification: Engaging N.T. Wright and John Piper,” which he presented this afternoon to a standing-room only crowd. Keep in mind that I don’t have an e-copy of the paper, so I’ll just be reproducing the main points from memory (but the...

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