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Media Is Here from the Mohler-Wallis Debate (Link)

Audio and video has been posted from the Mohler-Wallis debate hosted by the Henry Center of Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (HT: @carlhenrycenter).  I just checked the video and it looks great.

A basic question at the heart of the debate is this: Is social justice an essential part of the mission of the church?

The Henry Center for Theological Understanding, in its Trinity Debates forum, is pleased to provide a public venue for addressing this question by hosting two prominent voices from competing perspectives. Jim Wallis will answer “Yes” and R. Albert Mohler will answer “No.”

Debate Media: Audio | Video

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Mohler-Wallis Debate Media Here in 10-14 Days

According to the Henry Center, media from last night’s Mohler-Wallis debate on social justice will be up in 10-14 days.

Here’s what the Center just published about the debate from Thursday night:

The ATO chapel of Trinity Evangelical Divinity School was filled to capacity as over 600 people attended the stimulating debate between Jim Wallis and Al Mohler on the question: Is Social Justice an Essential Part of the Mission of the Church? An even larger audience was able to view the debate through our live-stream. Dr. Chris Firestone, philosophy professor at Trinity International University, was excellent at moderating the event. Many people in attendance agreed that the discussion clarified in a helpful way the important theological and social issues that are at stake.

For those of you who missed the conversation, we’ll be posting the free audio and video of the entire event within two weeks here.

You better believe I’ll have it on this blog when it hits.  The conversation was the most significant public discussion of the issue that has happened in a long time; hundreds were on the live-stream, which featured discussion as lively as did the actual event.

Let’s hope the conversation continues and sparks a generation of Christians who prioritize proclamation of Christ’s gospel and realize that the truly converted person cannot help but have a passionate interest in the welfare of others, in a physical and especially spiritual sense.


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Mohler v. Wallis October 2011: Is Social Justice the Church’s Mission?

I don’t know if you’ve seen word of this, but this debate, sponsored by the Carl F. H. Henry Center for Theological Understanding at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, looks great.  It’s between Al Mohler and Jim Wallis and will cover the role of social justice in the mission of the church.  The debate will be held on October 27, 2011 at TEDS.

Here’s the description of an event that will surely attract a good deal of attention, and should.

North American Evangelicals, long focused on sharing the gospel as the essential mission of the church, have recently become very interested in issues of social justice. A growing sentiment among some today is that Jesus, when he lived on Earth, was indeed among the poor and marginalized, and this fact has, or at least should have, implications for the church’s self-understanding and mission.

Rightly or wrongly, this interest in social justice is being transformed into a blueprint for a new vision of ecclesial ministry. For those holding this position, social justice is not only a burning concern as we seek to embody a pure and faultless religion, but also an essential part of the mission of the church. For others, this new blueprint conjures up concerns about liberal Christianity and a watering down of the gospel, not unlike what took place in Europe in the 20th century. The defining mission of the church, for them, continues to be the sharing of the good news of Jesus Christ to all nations, generations, and social classes. The issue of social justice, though important, is not to be considered as an essential part of the mission of the church. A basic question at the heart of the debate is this: Is social justice an essential part of the mission of the church?

The Henry Center for Theological Understanding, in its Trinity Debates forum, is pleased to provide a public venue for addressing this question by hosting two prominent voices from competing perspectives. Jim Wallis will answer “Yes” and R. Albert Mohler will answer “No.”

I look forward to watching this debate, which most likely will be webcasted.  The Henry Center continues to produce events that are of great importance to the faith and practice of the evangelical church, and is definitely a center worth following (on Twitter, for example).


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Live Webcast of TIU-RZIM Partnership Announcement

Today at 11am CST (in a few minutes) Trinity International University will announce a new partnership with Ravi Zacharias International Ministries.  Go here to watch the live-stream for free: http://tiuproductions.com/livestream/ This is a special chapel service of the university.

In addition, you can watch a free live webcast of a special Henry Center-sponsored event entitled “Apologetics Beyond the Pew” at 2:30pm CST today, April 12, 2010 at http://tiuproductions.com/livestream/ The event will last for roughly 1.5 hours and will feature a talk by Dr. Zacharias on apologetics.

Both of these events will be recorded and posted for free viewing on the Henry Center website 2-4 weeks from now.

Schedule of Events for Monday, April 12

  • 11am-12:15pm: Special chapel service to announce TIU-RZIM partnership in ATO Chapel (all invited); free webcast online
  • 2:30pm-4pm: “Apologetics Beyond the Pew” with Ravi Zacharias and Friends in ATO Chapel (all invited); free webcast online

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Global Christianity and Cultural Engagement

It’s exciting to announce that the Henry Center is partnering with the Lausanne movement, begun three decades ago by Billy Graham and John Stott, to publicize both the cause and the 2010 conference.

In conjunction with Lausanne 2010, the Center will host a conversation on conversation on global Christianity and cultural engagement on March 17, 2010 at 9am at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in ATO Chapel.  This exciting conversation will feature such leading evangelical thinkers as Tite Tienou of TEDS, Doug Birdsall (Executive Chairman of Lausanne), Andy Crouch of Christianity Today, Bethany Hoang of International Justice Mission, and Peter Cha of TEDS.  Skye Jethani of Leadership Journal will moderate the discussion.

Trinity is one of a select group of locations for Lausanne gatherings, including New York City, Boston, and Pasadena.

Visit http://www.lausanne.org/global-conversation/chicagotrinity-gathering.html for more information.  The event will likely be live-streamed and recorded for later posting on this website.  If you’re in the area, consider yourself invited to the discussion; if you’re out of town, the live-stream may be of interest.

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New Essay by William Lane Craig: Arguments for God

The Henry Center sponsors a really cool and helpful program called the Christ on Campus Initiative, which produces articles and essays.  The series is designed to provide college students and thinking Christians with apologetic resources necessary to meet the intellectual challenges of the day.  The editorial team for the series is chaired by D. A. Carson of TEDS.

The latest essay is by William Lane Craig, Research Professor of Philosophy at Talbot School of Theology, and is entitled “Five Reasons for God”.  Building off of the five commonly known arguments for the existence of God, Craig engages the New Atheists, showing how they attempted to handle these ideas and how, ultimately, their responses fail.  Whether or not one’s apologetic method includes the five proofs, this essay will make for highly stimulating reading.

Here’s Craig’s conclusion (read the whole thing):

We’ve examined five traditional arguments for the existence of God in light of modern philosophy, science, and mathematics:

1. the cosmological argument from contingency

2. the kalam cosmological argument based on the beginning of the universe

3. the moral argument based upon objective moral values and duties

4. the teleological argument from fine-tuning

5. the ontological argument from the possibility of God’s existence to his actuality

These are, I believe, good arguments for God’s existence. That is to say, they are logically valid; their premises are true; and their premises are more plausible in light of the evidence than their negations. Therefore, insofar as we are rational people, we should embrace their conclusions.

The Henry Center is glad to make “Five Arguments for God” available for free to all.

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Books on Tap: Morley, Wax, Carson, Cole, Beale, and The Essential Edwards Collection

I’ve received some books recently, and have a minute at present to quickly pass on word about them.  I’m no expert on any of the books or subjects covered below, but I do love books, and it’s fun to try to let others know of possibly edifying works.

First, Patrick Morley’s Pastoring Men came out not too long ago (Moody, 2008).  It looks like a helpful book for practically solving a quandary many church leaders face: how do I engage men and involve them in the life of the church?  It is endorsed by a number of leaders I respect, and it looks worth checking out.  Here’s what Bryan Chappell of Covenant Seminary said about the text:

Patrick Morley’s long-standing concern to see the light of Christ in the life of men has always been inspiring. Now this exceedingly practical book helping pastors implement discipleship programs specifically directed toward men will do much to shape the future of home, church, and the next generation. Morley writes in terms that reach men—and change them.

Second, Trevin Wax of First Baptist Church of Shelbyville, Kentucky just authored Holy Subversion: Allegiance to Christ in an Age of Rivals (Crossway, 2010, with a foreword by Ed Stetzer and endorsements by Mohler, Moore, and Olasky).  I’ve read through the book and found it a helpful meditation on an enlivening metaphor, that of subverting Satan through the gospel.  Trevin writes with clarity, passion, and a love for God’s church.  This would be a helpful book to go through with small groups, students, and many others.

Third, D. A. Carson of Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and The Gospel Coalition just wrote Scandalous: The Cross and Resurrection of Jesus (Crossway, 2010).  The book is a collection of five lectures on the title topic.  Dr. Carson gave these talks some months ago at Mars Hill Church in Seattle, Washington, and they were explosive.  The Henry Center is grateful to have been a sponsor of those talks.  Pick up the book, and embrace anew the scandal of the cross.

Fourth, Graham Cole of Trinity Evangelical Divinity School recently published God the Peacemaker: How Atonement Brings Shalom (InterVarsity, 2009).  Some TEDS students worked through portions of this text in a memorable doctoral seminar on the atonement with Dr. Cole.  Based on that experience and brief study of the book, it looks like this would be a very rich book for scholars, pastors and thinking Christians who want to better understand the multidimensional glory of the atonement.

Fifth, G. K. Beale of Wheaton College Graduate School has penned The Erosion of Inerrancy in Evangelicalism (Crossway, 2009), a collection of essays on inerrancy.  This one looks to be particularly worth chewing on for Christian Old Testament scholars, as a number of Beale’s essays wrestle with OT textual issues.

Sixth, Doug Sweeney and I have just released the five-volume series entitled The Essential Edwards Collection (Moody, 2010).  (You will hear very little from me about this project.) This series distills the essential thought of America’s greatest pastor-theologian.  It is written to be of help to all kinds of people–those who know little about Edwards and haven’t had time to read him, those familiar with Edwards who could benefit from short resource guides offering important quotations and critical but deeply appreciative analysis, and those who love Edwards and want to work through the searching material he authored.  The books are short (160 pages), readable, and include application sections.

We wrote this series not simply, though, to be a collection about Edwards, but to enlarge the modern church’s understanding of God and the life of joy and excitement He offers us through His Son.  This isn’t, in the end, a series about the colonial pastor, but a series about the majestic Lord the pastor loved.

If you have a blog and would like to do a blog review of any books from Moody (including the EEC), I might be able to rustle you up a copy.  Write to hctu [at] tiu.edu with your address.


So there you go–some books to potentially buy.  Here’s hoping that they build the faith of God’s people and give Him glory.


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Announcing the Jonathan Edwards Center at Trinity

The Henry Center, my employer, is very pleased to make the following announcement (jointly made at the HCTU blog).

From: HCTU Director Doug Sweeney
RE: New Jonathan Edwards Center at TEDS
Date: 1/12/2010

In conjunction with the Jonathan Edwards Center of Yale University, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School is pleased to announce the formation of a new Jonathan Edwards Center at TEDS, effective immediately.  This partnership was formalized on the campus of TEDS on Wednesday, January 6, 2010.  Kenneth P. Minkema, director of the Yale Center, and Douglas A. Sweeney, director of the Trinity Center, both spoke to this groundbreaking development and noted its excellent prospects.

The Center at TEDS is the newest of several satellite Edwards Centers founded by Yale’s Edwards Center in strategic locations around the world. The purpose of these Centers is to promote awareness of and scholarship on Edwards in the academy and also the church.  Existing locations include Germany (Tübingen), Poland, South Africa, and Australia (Ridley College).  The Jonathan Edwards Center at Trinity is, apart from the Yale Center, the only existing such center in North America.

The JEC at Trinity provides a rare opportunity for us to engage the larger world of Edwards studies, and to share the riches of that world with our community.  The Center will debut a website near the end of February that will offer our academic and ecclesial communities access to a wide range of Edwards resources.  The Center will also feature a designated computer terminal in the library on which students and visiting scholars will be able to access a wealth of resources for the study of Edwards and related figures and movements throughout history. Trinity is the only school in North America, other than Yale, with access to this range of materials.

As Director of the Center, Sweeney is currently planning the further development of its work. In coming weeks, the JEC will announce a program of events.  In addition to regular conferencing, the JEC at Trinity will offer two lecture series: “Jonathan Edwards and the Church,” which will feature the best Christian Edwards scholars in the world in conversation with Sweeney and a variety of clergy who are interested in Edwards and his legacies to the church; and “New Directions in Edwards Studies,” which will feature cutting-edge research on Edwards and his influence.

Furthermore, the JEC at TEDS will seek to encourage Trinity students, and other students in the region, to undertake advanced work on Edwards and his legacies around the world. It will provide pastors and scholars with up-to-date web resources for making good on Edwards’ legacy and for staying up on the most important Edwards scholarship.

Those interested in the JEC at TEDS should look for a second announcement in late February that will make public the new website and announce a range of programs.  It is with gratefulness to God, and thanks to our friends at Yale, that we announce this unique partnership.


Stay tuned for more on this.  I’m excited for this development, and I look forward to sharing more with readers of this blog about this groundbreaking partnership.  No other American evangelical institution (or any other institution) enjoys such a partnership in Edwards studies.

As many know, the JEC at Yale is a great work, and it will is exciting to think of how the JEC at TEDS can further the work begun there and bless God’s church through its efforts.

(Photo of Sweeney (L) and Minkema (R) by Jeff Calhoun/TEDS)


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The Link 10.9.09: Ravi Zacharias Media, No Cookies for Harvard, and Missional Christology

harvardcookies1. Let me say a public thank-you to those of you who are responding (overwhelmingly!) to the call for BibleMesh beta-testers.  You have until this coming Monday, October 12 at 12pm to send me your email.

2. The Ravi Zacharias media is up and is free.  You can watch his lecture, his chapel address, and an interview with him, all courtesy of your friends at the Henry Center.

3. No cookies for Harvard faculty meetings.  How will they go on?  Come to think of it, TEDS could use some more free fresh-baked cookies…

4. This is a great memorial to Irving Kristol, recently deceased prominent conservative thinker.  I don’t know about you, but I learn a ton about character and true achievement from profiles and tributes like this.

5. A video interview with theologian Bruce Ware on “missional Christology.”

6. Have you heard about “cougars?”  No?  Now you have. From the Washington Post.

–On that note, have a great weekend, all.

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Get BibleMesh with Brand New Tim Keller Video

keller2Would you like to be able to view a Christ-centered narrative walkthrough of the Bible by Tim Keller?  Would you like to read hundreds of clear, concise, authoritative articles about the core story, doctrines, people, events and ideas of Scripture?  Would you like to be able to take unbelievers and young believers through this content?

Yes?  How?  It’s simple.  BibleMesh, a brand-spanking-new, state-of-the-art online discipleship tool, is about to debut.  It features, among other great stuff, content in which New York City pastor and The Gospel Coalition Vice President Tim Keller lays out his narratival, Christ-centered overview of Scripture.  This is but one feature of the multi-platform scriptural learning tool that is BibleMesh. 

That means that you will be able to learn from and use a multi-media, multi-sensory experience that will teach you the biblical story as never before. Some of you saw the product preview at the Henry Center-sponsored Piper-Carson event at Park Community Church in April 2009. BibleMesh sponsored that event and also displayed at The Gospel Coalition 2009 and Together for the Gospel 2010, many of whose members have contributed to the site.

Honestly, when you see this site as a finished product, you will be blown away. Churches, Bible study leaders, college ministry workers, missionaries, individual Christians, and many more folks will hugely benefit from BibleMesh. I have seen chunks of the Keller video, and it alone is incredible.

Keep an eye out for BibleMesh–it debuts in June 2010.


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