Friday, February 12, 2010

My Easter Reading

As I get ready for Easter, my readings will include:

N.T. Wright, The Challenge of Easter (Downers Grove, IL: IVP, 2010). See Google Books and this You.Tube video with Wright talking about the book.

D.A. Carson, Scandalous: The Cross and Resurrection of Jesus (Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2010), some good stuff in here, I've heard the sermon on the "Irony of the Cross" on three different continents!


Nick Mackison said...

Carson's sermon on the ironies is tremendous. Sometimes he's too good and makes you want to give up!

John Thomson said...

Have just about finished reading your own paper in the Tyndale Bulletin 2006 on Justification Via Media... etc It is very clear an helpful to dabblers like me. You write with verve that engages.

I agree with all but your concession to IAO at a systematics level. I know Carson says the same. It doesn't make sense to me. If it is not actually there and not actually right (your locating of justification in our union with Christ in his judicial death that acquits and his resurrectionvindication and acceptance is surely right)then why make room for it? Union with a vindicated Christ in resurrection life is surely the key to the marrying of forensic and actual righteousness. Our new creation reality in Christ both in standing and state means what is declared to be righteous really is righteous and can never be other than righteous.

IAO misses this completely and as a result struggles with accusations of legal fiction.

In my view too many reformed folks don't grasp the newness of new creation and its implicationsand are unlikely to do so until they abandon IAO and embrace a more biblical construct.