Author: David Norman

PhD Student at SWBTS in Systematic Theology. Daddy at Home. Just give me Jesus . . . and coffee.

Going Public: Why Baptism Is Required for Church Membership

Going Public: Why Baptism Is Required for Church Membership. By Bobby Jamieson. Nashville: B&H Academic, 2015. 243 pages. Paperback, $24.99. Bobby Jamieson’s Going Public: Why Baptism Is Required for Church Membership is one of 9Marks’s most recent contributions to the ecclesiological discussion. 9Marks is committed to the restoration of ecclesiology in theological discussion, especially among Baptist churches, and Jamieson’s volume… Read more →

Beards and Babies and Where You Come in

I’ve been growing a beard over the course of the last few months. I really haven’t had a good reason apart from the reality that I’ve never grown it out before and was curious to see what it might look like. A few months ago, I noticed that a sweet couple at Southwestern Seminary were raising funds for their adoption… Read more →


In doctoral studies, it is easy to find oneself isolated in his study carrel, cut off from the outside world. Once he discerns that his specific research interest is shared by a group of persons that can be counted on one hand, the walls of his already diminutive study carrel begin closing in even tighter.  The past week served an… Read more →

Erasmus and the Word of God

Let us all, therefore, with our whole heart covet [the Word of God], let us embrace it, let us continually occupy ourselves with it, let us fondly kiss it, at length let us die in its embrace, let us be transformed by it. Paraclesis, in Christian Humanism and the Reformation, 3rd ed., ed. by John C. Olin (New York: Fordham… Read more →