Rob Price

Billings on Adoption

By Rob Price Jan. 23, 2012 9:48 a.m. Biblical Exposition, Culture, Theology, Historical Theology

I’m not the only one who’s been reading BillingsUche Anizor has been at it, too, and he’ll soon be posting comments here on specific chapters of Billings’s book.  Meanwhile, I’ll add a few of my own on Billings’s foundational first chapter on union with Christ as the ground of our adoption.  

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Billings, Union with Christ

By Rob Price Jan. 17, 2012 12:18 p.m. Biblical Exposition, Church Life, Culture, Evangelism, Theology, Historical Theology

Todd Billings is one of evangelicalism’s brightest up-and-coming pastor-scholars.  From missions work in Uganda, to a Harvard Ph.D., to an adopted daughter from Ethiopia, Billings is advancing many of the projects dear to evangelicalism.  You may have seen his wonderful cover article for Christianity Today (October 2011) on the theological interpretation of Scripture.  In November 2011 he published the distillation of nearly a decade’s sustained reflection on a theme that is central to the gospel: the believer’s union with Christ. 

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Zeus vs. Madonna

By Rob Price Nov. 11, 2011 7:49 p.m. Theology

Last week our son, Elijah (7) was given a drawing assignment: copy Sandro Botticelli’s Madonna of the Pomegranate (c. 1487).  Operative word here: ‘copy’.  Elijah, however, understood ‘interpret’.  And so the heavenly shafts of light illumining Mary’s head were transmogrified into something rather less spiritual. 

So, taking a cue from Sanders’s Avant-Garde category

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Reading Divine Providence

By Rob Price Sep. 27, 2011 7:49 a.m. Apologetics, Spiritual Formation, Historical Theology

In A.D. 410, the eternal and (so it was thought) invincible city of Rome was invaded by a foreign army.  How could this have happened?  Many pagans thought they knew who was to blame: the Christians. 

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Inertial Atheism

By Rob Price Apr. 19, 2011 10:46 a.m. Apologetics, Historical Theology

Denis Diderot (1713-84), editor and primary author of the massive—18,000 pages!—and massively influential Encyclopédie, has been called “the pivotal figure of the entire 18th century.”  One of the pivotal moments in Diderot’s own career came in his conversion from deism to atheism.  And central to this conversion were the implications he drew from Newton’s formulation of the principle of inertia. 

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Prayer from Psalm 4

By Rob Price Apr. 13, 2011 9:31 a.m. Biblical Exposition, Old Testament, Spiritual Formation

Wonderful heavenly Father, you taught us through the third psalm that, when we feel the threat of wickedness, it is to you we should flee for refuge.  “Arise, O Lord!  Deliver us, O our God!”  So you taught us there to pray.  But here in the fourth psalm you teach us patience, for your deliverance comes in your own good time.

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The Deep Things of God

By Rob Price Apr. 8, 2011 3:36 p.m. Spiritual Formation, Theology

It could have turned out badly.  Back in spring 2010 I decided sight unseen to assign Fred Sanders’s The Deep Things of God as a textbook in my fall Theology I class.  The publisher said that the book should be available by mid-August.  That’s about one week before the start of the semester.  What if there were delays?  And regardless of delays, what if the book showed up and was lousy?  What would I tell my students? 

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