We are going on vacation, “back home to Southern California,” so I won’t be blogging until we get back — this will be my last post until we return in a couple of weeks. But I am not going empty-handed, I just picked up a couple of books that I am looking forward to consuming; we’ll see how that goes, I think we’re going to be pretty busy for the most part. The first book is Introducing Theological Interpretation of Scripture: Recovering a Christian Practice by Daniel J. Treier. Here’s what Joel B. Green (Fuller Seminary) says of the book:

Many voices today clamor for the recovery of theological interpretation, from many corners and for diverse reasons. For those concerned with the significance of the church for reading Scripture, and the significance of Scripture for the church, this is a renaissance most welcome. So many different voices though, can leave us confused —- not only on the finer points of the discussion, but even about its most basic question. What is theological interpretation? We need a map, and this is precisely what Daniel Treier has provided a map that will be as useful to those already engaged in the conversation as it is crucial for those trying to gain their first bearings.

And then the second book is: Trinitarian Soundings: In Systematic Theology edited by Paul Louis Metzger (a former prof of mine from seminary). This book is a compilation whose authors include: Demetrios Bathrellos, Paul Blackham, R. N. Frost (another prof of mine from seminary), Stanley Grenz, Colin Gunton, Stephen Holmes, James Houston, Robert Jenson, Kelly Kapic, Bruce McCormack, Paul Metzger, Paul Molnar, George Pfleiderer, Murray Rae, Esther Reed, Peter Robinson, Miroslav Volf. Here is what John Webster says of this book:

This stimulating collection of papers on the ramifications of what Colin Gunton regarded as the doctrine of all doctrines—the doctrine of the Trinity—demonstrates how widely his influence extended, both through his writing and through personal friendship, for English theology in the last twenty years would not have been what it is without his presence. Fresh and vivid theological work of this kind is the most fitting testimony to a theologian of the first rank.

I can’t wait to dive in, and maybe if I have a chance when I get back from vacation, I might provide some reflections from my reading. You guys take it easy, and I’ll see you real soon 🙂 !