We aim to offer resources that address theological and pastoral concerns from a Biblical worldview. Our purpose is to see Christ’s Church mature in its understanding of God and His Word.
Our Latest Books
What is a church? Are denominations churches? Who has the authority to ordain ministers of the Gospel? How do we determine what a church gathering should look like? These are questions of “polity”,” or the principles and foundations for the organisation and conduct of a church. Nearly 400 years ago, Christians in New England produced a clear articulation of polity based on the Bible, called The Cambridge Platform of Discipline. This document offers much insight into the way God would have churches act. In this book, the author engages with the Bible in the tradition of the Cambridge Platform to offer a new congregational polity, an account of the being and conduct of churches that retrieves the best insights of the Cambridge Platform while attempting to improve upon it in light of the later failings of American congregationalism and the 400 years of Christian reflection on the church that has followed that document. (Now available for Pre-order; out on 6 October, 2023)
James Has Had Some Articles Published Recently
Maximus the Confessor’s Use of the Divine Human Analogy and the Niceno-Chalcedonian Tradition (Phronema 38.1, 2023)
Following the fathers of the previous centuries, Maximus the Confessor employs an ontological analogy between humanity and divinity extensively in his account of the incarnation; yet he breaks it off when applied to the Trinity to avoid heterodox consequences. In doing so, Maximus reveals the problem inherent in this analogy as it was exposited in preceding centuries, namely, the ontological apparatus developed to account for the divine and human in Christ Jesus cannot be consistently applied to the Trinity without error resulting.
On Metaphysics and Theology (JETS 66.4, 2023)
Is classical theism a necessary condition for an orthodox doctrine of God? In this article, I present the negative answer. I argue (1) that Thomism is determinative of certain untenable or undesirable implications for the doctrine of God and (2) that an alternate metaphysic, in this case, Christian idealism, is able to avoid these implications. The possibility of this metaphysic and its cogency as addressed to certain cruxes in Thomistic doctrine suggests that a coherently biblical doctrine of God may be developed on a different foundation. I conclude from this that we should not equate any metaphysic with Christian orthodoxy and that Thomism should not be treated as an unassailable framework within which to perform Christian theology. Instead, we should foster a “global public square” approach to evangelical metaphysics.
You can find this paper on Academia.edu.
Some New Posts – God Is, Portraits of God
Who is like God? Who can bring the stars out each night and lead the earth in its dance around the Sun? Isaiah 40 challenges us that there is none like God, so we must take care lest our earthly experiences distort our knowledge of God. Nevertheless, God has left adequate witnesses that we may know him truly.
Standing in the presence of God on his throne in heaven, Isaiah gives the only appropriate response, “I am destroyed!” Yet in Isaiah 6, we see the very holiness that imperils Isaiah’s life, a sinner as he is, is the grace that saves, for God unfailing acts to show mercy and to reveal his character, including the grace shown to cleanse sinners like Isaiah.