Category Archives: N.T. Wright

Eschatology, Poythress, and the Hallelujah Chorus

I hope to write in the next 18 months a short booklet on eschatology. I have written some papers in the past, but have not been able to provide a general outline, specifically of the postmillennial hope, and its contrast … Continue reading

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Not something to be exploited…

The well known hymn of Philippians two has been the source of great consternation to the Pauline scholars. What precisely is Paul saying when he says –as our ESV renders– “who, though he was in the form of God, did … Continue reading

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The Fundamental Mission (N.T. Wright)

His (Jesus) fundamental mission–the reason for his coming into the world–was to accomplish the task which was marked out for Israel, namely, to undo the sin of Adam. In order to achieve this goal, he became human. –N.T. Wright, The … Continue reading

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Should Reformed People Read N.T. Wright?

It doesn’t happen quite often, but once in a while when I recommend a book or a quote by N.T. Wright on facebook, I will receive a question that goes something like this: “Do you approve of N.T. Wright? Do … Continue reading

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Sermon: Prayer, Liturgy, and Time, I Timothy 2:1-2, Part I

People of God, we are coming to the end of the Church Year. In two weeks we begin the journey of Advent. Advent is a season of expectation and hope for the Christian. We will walk through the expectations of … Continue reading

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Putting Humans to Right

God is going to put the whole world to rights… But the advance plan for that is to put human beings to rights in advance. The gospel isn’t just Phew! I’m okay now so I’m going to heaven!It’s I’m actually … Continue reading

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Not to Escape

The point is not to escape from earth  and find oneself at last in heaven, but to let the present ‘heavenly’ life change the present earthly reality. {N.T Wright, The Resurrection of the Son of God, 355}

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New Creation Imagery in First Corinthians

Paul’s series of analogies in 15:37-41 is quite brilliant. He is re-playing the creation account for the skeptical Corinthians. For Paul, this is creational language; the heavenly and earthly bodies, animals, fruit-bearing seed, etc. The apostle is making the case … Continue reading

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Being Human is Good

N.T. Wright presses this point in his outstanding The Resurrection of the Son of God. Paul contrasts the biblical view of the Resurrection with that of the ancients: The problem he faces is not the same as the one Plato and Cicero … Continue reading

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N.T. Wright and Worship

What are the implications of a ruling Lord for a worshiping community? In this interview, N.T. Wright engages these questions with a robust Lordship theology. Wright observes: I mean worship is quite different when you’re worshiping the one who is … Continue reading

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The Significance of the Resurrection

N.T. Wright in his magnum opus The Resurrection of the Son of God discusses the different ways in which history is defined (12-14). Among the five senses of history, Wright argues that among scholars whatever-it-was-that-happened (referring to the resurrection) was “extremely significant,” … Continue reading

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The Rescuing

Again Wright summarizes Paul’s argument in I Corinthians 15: The whole argument establishes, with rock-solid theology and considerable rhetorical power, the point that the resurrection of Jesus the Messiah is the starting-point and means whereby the creator, in completing the … Continue reading

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New Order to the World

Wright in his usual poetic brilliance encapsulates resurrection theology: It is because humankind was created with the purpose of bringing the creator’s order to the world that now, because Jesus is the truly human one, he is invested with the … Continue reading

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Future Bodily Resurrection

According to St. Paul, without the resurrection, everything is futile (mataia). But the opposite is also true. If you deny that there is a future bodily resurrection, then you cannot claim that Jesus rose bodily from the dead, and your … Continue reading

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The point of the Resurrection…

“The point of the resurrection…is that the present bodily life is not valueless just because it will die…What you do with your body in the present matters because God has a great future in store for it…What you do in … Continue reading

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Sanders and Covenant Nomism

In one of the most scholarly works against Sanders’ thesis, entitled Justification and Variegated Nomism (two volumes), D.A. Carson concludes: “One conclusion to be drawn, then, is not that Sanders is wrong everywhere, but he is wrong when he tries to establish … Continue reading

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Celebrating our Complexity and Simplicity

“We honor and celebrate our complexity and our simplicity by continually doing five things. We tell stories. We act our rituals. We create beauty. We work in communities. We think out beliefs. No doubt you might think of more, but … Continue reading

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N.T. Wright: Baptism and Exodus in Romans

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A Fuller Hope

Many people assume without  question that the final Christian hope is to leave this wicked world of space, time and matter and to go off, as disembodied souls, into heaven‟. That is fine as a statement of what happens to God‟s … Continue reading

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N.T. Wright and Death Bed Counsel

My good friend Bill DeJong exposes a fable about N.T. Wright. I have his post in full here: Recently a friend of mine retold a story he had heard in a lecture (precise date unknown) by Don Carson in which Carson alleged … Continue reading

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The Gospel of Reconciliation

Luther said that in Philemon, Paul is “playing Christ in the drama.” The drama of Philemon is the drama of reconciliation; not merely between Philemon and Onesimus, but reconciliation within the koinonia of the body. The church is constantly bombarded … Continue reading

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N.T. Wright on Ephesians, part 2

The systems of this world want to force us into their mold; live in their way, but part of the point of being the Church means we can be the sort of family through whose mere existence the principalities and … Continue reading

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We are God’s poem; His art work; N.T. Wright on Ephesians

N.T. Wright offers a simple, refreshing, and practical look at Ephesians. Here is part 1: Jesus launched his heaven-on-earth project, and it is not going away until one day it is fully completed.–N.T. Wright We are God’s poem; God’s art … Continue reading

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RESURRECTION!

“The resurrection of Jesus is Christianity. And this means that it becomes the starting point for all Christian thinking and living, challenging all other possible starting points.” ―N. T. Wright

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Not a take-it-or-leave it thing…

Take it away, and Karl Marx was probably right to accuse Christianity of ignoring the problems of the material world. Take it away, and Sigmund Freud was  probably right to say that Christianity is a wish-fulfillment religion. Take it away, … Continue reading

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Sin as the Poisonous Snake; or, Jesus as our Substitute

Precisely out of his fathomless love the creator God sent his own Son not simply to share in the mess and muddle of our human existence, but to take upon himself the task of being the place where God would … Continue reading

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Restoring Genuine Humanness…

N.T Wright says: But the whole point of the Gospels is that the coming of God’s kingdom on earth as in heaven is precisely not the imposition of an alien and dehumanizing tyranny, but rather the confrontation of alien and … Continue reading

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N.T. Wright Clarifies…

When I used the word ‘basis’ (as I obviously did — when I was preparing for the conference I was surrounded by unopened boxes and all the stuff of moving house, so couldn’t check; and I knew I hadn’t taken … Continue reading

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Peter Leithart’s Critique of Wright vs. Shreiner debate

Peter writes: At ETS last week, the Toms – Schreiner and Wright – debated Paul and justification, along with Frank Thielman.  The discussion was illuminating on many points, but on one central point it frustratingly kept missing the point. Schreiner … Continue reading

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Wright the VanTillian

Stewart summarizes: Wright stresses that ʻwe cannot stand outside our own worldviews, any more than we can see without our own eyes.

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