Uche Anizor

Union with Christ and Social Justice

By Uche Anizor Feb. 9, 2012 10:36 p.m. Theology

Does our union with Christ have anything to say about Christian social justice? Todd Billings in chapter 4 of Union with Christ makes this vital connection

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Union with Christ and TULIP

By Uche Anizor Jan. 26, 2012 2:29 p.m. Theology, Historical Theology

In the second chapter of Billings’ Union with Christ, he takes issue with the reduction of Reformed theology to the TULIP acronym. Specifically, regarding “total depravity” he questions the notion that one can properly understand a Reformed (or biblical) doctrine of depravity within the limited scope of the so-called “five points.”

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The “Theological Interpretation of Scripture”

By Uche Anizor Oct. 22, 2011 8:17 a.m. Theology

A question I receive repeatedly, and a good one at that, is: “What is the theological interpretation of Scripture?” If you’ve heard this phrase bandied about and are still not sure what it means, you’re certainly not alone. There aren’t many concise and clear definitions of it, though there are a number of descriptive accounts. 

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Calvin and Conviction

By Uche Anizor Sep. 3, 2011 10:49 p.m. Theology, Historical Theology

One thing that has struck my students in their initial interactions with the Institutes is how different Calvin sounds than much theology and God-talk today. The difference, I think, lies in his conviction of the truth and weightiness of what he writes. He is confident, earnest, and forthright in a way that makes a twenty-first century reader feel uncomfortable.

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Don’t Read the Bible by Itself

By Uche Anizor Aug. 27, 2011 7:58 p.m. Biblical Exposition, Theology, Historical Theology

In the preface to the 1539 Edition of the Institutes, Calvin explains the purpose of the Institutes and in doing so offers good counsel regarding the need for theology in reading Scripture well

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Commands Are Like Bricks

By Uche Anizor Aug. 20, 2011 7:54 a.m. Biblical Exposition, Ethics

Speaking about moral codes and laws, Oliver O’Donovan (Resurrection and Moral Order, 2nd ed.) says something helpful about how we use the Bible to make moral decisions. Speaking generally of the relationship between individual moral commands and the overall moral law, he writes first:

The items in a [moral] code stand to the moral law as bricks to a building. Wisdom must involve some comprehension of how the bricks are meant to be put together.

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Rembrandt and the Humanity of Christ

By Uche Anizor Aug. 19, 2011 1:55 p.m. Theology

The Aug 15th issue of TIME magazine has a short piece on Rembrandt and his portraits of Christ. According to the writer, Richard Lacayo, Rembrandt in his early 40s began to evolve in the way he depicted Christ, changing from "turbulent scenes in the Gospel, full of sharp light and emphatic gestures, to smaller, contemplative groupings.” This shift in artistic emphasis represented a more profound concern in the artist

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