The Minions are Coming, the Minions are Coming! … [Read more...]

Ben’s Books– Part Eight

History matters to an historical religion like Christianity, and so I've spent a lot of time on the history in and about the NT. My survey of the history of the whole period is New Testament History . This book has been used as a textbook a good deal and should be read in tandem with my Acts of the Apostles commentary. It should also be read in tandem with the collection of essays that I edited and contributed to entitled History, Literature, and the Book of Acts. There are some excellent … [Read more...]

Living Sacrifices— a Meditation on Romans 12

MEDITATION ON ROMANS 12Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to keep on offering your bodies as a living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. 2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly t … [Read more...]

The Newsroom– Season Three ‘Common Decency’

As I have said before, Aaron Sorkin is a brilliant writer who kept West Wing afloat for many a season. Sadly, 'The Newsroom' has now bowed out, and had its last run of six episodes last Fall on HBO. Honestly, there are hardly any dramas on any network that deal with Americana and freedom of the press that are of this quality. Madam Secretary is a distant second. In this third season we still have the stellar cast, Jeff Daniels as the lead anchorman, Jane Fonda as Leona the owner, who has now … [Read more...]

A.D. The Bible Continues— Episode 3

The third episode of A.D. the Bible Continues deals with the period between the Ascension and Pentecost, and then a bit beyond that into Acts 5. The centerpiece of this episode is of course the Pentecost event itself, which as it were is the bright foreground of the story, with the dark clouds of Roman and priestly machinations being the frame or backdrop of the story. For my money there is too much of the latter, including too much bloodshed, and too little focus on the former. One nice … [Read more...]

Ben’s Books– Part Seven

I grow weary of the nonsense that has as its lead lament 'there is no Trinity in the NT'. Actually there is. There is plenty on the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit being part of the divine identity in the NT, and The Shadow of the Almighty demonstrates this. I wrote this with my friend and fellow Tar Heel and former Asbury student, Laura Michaels Ice. One of my more interesting theology books is the one entitled The Problem with Evangelical Theology. This book points out that among the … [Read more...]

Ben’s Books– Part Six

It occurred to me along the way that Protestants do a pretty poor job of understanding the sacraments and their roles in Christian life, so I wrote a series of books on baptism, the Lord's Supper and the Word of God. Baylor did a terrific job on the covers, editing etc. The book on baptism shows at some length what a theology of baptism ought to look like, and why baptism is an initiation not a confirmation rite. The Lord's Supper book argues at length not only that the earliest Christians … [Read more...]

Ben’s Books– Part Five

I've written a lot of specialty books along the way, but one series I am especially pleased with are my Kingdom Perspectives books beginning with Imminent Domain.The whole premise of this series is for us to think backwards from the eschaton to now, and see the current situation in light of the future coming Kingdom. The first book in the series explores what the language of Kingdom actually means in the NT. The next book to read in the series is the book on worship, We Have Seen his … [Read more...]

Ben’s Books– Part Four

I've written various introductions to the NT, and am in the process of writing an introduction to the Bible as a whole with Sandy Richter. We'll focus on the former here. I'm very proud of my two recent Oxford books. They are some of the best summary work I've done. Invitation to the NT (Oxford 2012) has got all the maps, charts, and beautiful color pictures you want plus a treatment of the whole NT.If on the other hand, you want more of a narratological Intro which deals with … [Read more...]