Happy Birthday to my third child (and second son), born one week ago today! I am also wrapping up the first draft of my doctoral thesis, and now enjoying fellow Out of Bounds blogger Jon Coutts’ long-awaited return to Aberdeen. So in lieu of a new post, here’s some of what I’ve been reading around the Interwebs:
- Ralph Del Colle, professor at Marquette University and a founding editor of the International Journal of Systematic Theology, has passed away at a far too young age. Read Fred Sanders’ remembrance here, and be on the lookout for a forthcoming festschrift titled A Man of the Church: Honoring the Theology, Life, and Witness of Ralph Del Colle (published by Wipf & Stock).
- Myk Habets of Carey Graduate School has posted a helpful bit of advice for early career scholars. How much should you be publishing? How do you grow your areas of expertise? What about edited volumes? How should you make use of sabbaticals? And, to top it off, balancing it all with a family life? Be sure to read this if your path is taking you into teaching.
- Tim Baylor (friend of the blog) has reviewed the Logos Bible Software edition of The Complete Works of John Owen (17 volumes) for Themelios. “Owen’s works,” he says, “are brimming with largely untapped insights into many places where Calvin’s theology tended to lack definition or specificity, most notably in the case of the doctrine of the Trinity.”
- Also newly reviewed in the new issue of Themelios is Eric G. Flett’s book Persons, Powers, and Pluralities: Toward a Trinitarian Theology of Culture, reviewed by Geordie Ziegler (another Aberdonian friend of the blog).
- Die Evangelischen Theologen is looking at comments on the munus triplex doctrine (the threefold office of Christ as king, priest, and prophet) by Daniel Migliore (professor emeritus at Princeton Seminary). Part 1 is on soteriology, part 2 on missiology. (Also, congratulations to DET for celebrating six years of theo-blogging.)
- The new issue of the Scottish Journal of Theology (August 2012) is out now. For my money, the piece on kenosis and Augustine looks like a good read. At first glace it looks like author Stephen Pardue is arguing for a broad definition of kenosis along the lines of humility (tapeinosis), which comports with my reading of Barth on this subject. New Testament students may also be especially interested in Doug Campbell’s new article-length review of N.T. Wright’s Justification: God’s Plan and Paul Vision.
- Finally, those who recall my long-ish post critiquing the Van Tilian criticism of Karl Barth’s theology earlier this year may be interested in checking out some new conversation taking place at the end of the comments thread.