Squeezing Harder Than That

The Church of England just recently said no to women bishops. There were howls of outrage from all the predictable quarters, for whom such a troglodyte move is just smack-the-forehead baffling. Now I can understand a vote against women bishops as a preliminary move to try to undo the ordination of women priests. And I …

Second Temple Piracy

N.T. Wright takes the famous “den of robbers” statement made by Jesus in the cleansing of the Temple as referring to revolutionaries, which the word lestes can mean. But Peter Leithart, citing Nicholas Perrin, takes it in the more straightforward sense of “thieves.” Here are a couple reasons why Leithart’s reading is much to be …

A Really Little Cabinet

Burk Parsons is the editor of Tabletalk, and he wrote a very brief introduction explaining why the magazine was tackling the subject of N.T. Wright at all. In that intro, he included a quote from John Piper designed to put all the critical assessment in context. That comment is worth quoting in full. “Nicholas Thomas …

Mathison Channels Newton

Keith Mathison contributed the next article for Tabletalk, and it was a pippin. The article is basically a reprise of John Newton’s great letter to a friend “On Controversy.” Assuming the truth of your position, and your ability to win the argument, there are still other considerations. As my father puts it, there is a …