N.T. Wright’s Pauline Perspectives– Part Two

BEN: Another major theme in several of these essays is justification, a subject which you have written a full book on, reviewed on this blog some years ago. Here I would like to ask— How has your mind changed over the years, or stayed the same, on this subject, if it has? If there is a constant thread for you in your thinking through this issue over thirty-five years what is it? Can you summarize for us how your view… Read more

N.T Wright’s Pauline Perspectives– Part One

My friend and colleague Tom Wright now has two new big books on Paul coming out, the first is a collection of his many essays on Paul over the last 35 years (640 pages, out with SPCK first) and the second is his magnum opus on Paul (which we will deal with in due course). Since these essays are mostly all previously published, I thought it would be helpful to do a dialogue with Tom on some of their major… Read more

The ‘Gravity’ of the Situation

Make no mistake, ‘Gravity’ is one of the most visually stunning movies to have ever been made (especially in Real 3-D), and one of the most sophisticated ones made in the CG era. And as space movies go, this one certainly wins the prize for seeming to be real, and putting you right on out there in 0 gravity with George Clooney and Sandra Bullock. Granted there are better places to meet them than out there in a bulky space… Read more

Hobbit 2— Smaug Alert

Let’s just say Hobbit I was something of a disappointment. It had its good moments, but there was too much helter skelter fighting, and the fighting scenes went on and on. In other words, sometimes while the action was vivid the story was draggin’. And speaking of dragon here is the new trailer for the movie that will be released . Read more

Clayton Croy on Moss’ Misrepresentation of Early Church Martyrdom

[Here is a excerpted portion of the very recent RBL review of Candida Moss’s recent book on martyrdom by Clayton Croy, a fine NT scholar at a Lutheran Seminary in Ohio. Permission to post the excerpt was granted by the Society of Biblical Literature. See what you think. My view is that her book is revisionist history at its worst. BW3]. ——- Chapter 2 explores “Christian Borrowing of Jewish and Pagan Martyrdom Traditions.” Early Christian martyr acts occasionally allude to… Read more

Hurtado on Christian Symbols

Earliest References to Christian Symbols by larryhurtado I’ve just returned from a mini-conference held in Oslo, “Between Image and Text: The Early Medieval ‘Iconology’ of Graphic Representational Signs.” As the title suggests, the participants were pretty much all people with expertise in the medieval period . . . with me being a conspicuous exception! But the principal investigator of the funded research programme behind the conference generously invited me to contribute from within the limits of my own competence, thinking… Read more

Bob Dylan Deserves the Noble Nobel

Here is a portion of a nice piece by Bill Wyman from last Sunday’s times. See What you think. BW3 —- The Quotable Bob Dylan Bill Wyman (no not the one who was the Stones bass player) THIS year’s Nobel Prize in Literature should be announced in early October, and over on the tony British betting site Ladbrokes, Haruki Murakami of Japan, riding the waves of acclaim for his fantastical novel “1Q84,” is the favorite. Other well-known names — Milan… Read more

Lightfoot Quote of the Day

The doctrine of the Λόγος grew up between the close of the Old Testament era and the opening of the New. It was an important period of preparation, the value of which cannot be overrated. The seething of all the diverse elements, the fusion of opposites in the order of thoughts, it was when the ‘fullness of time’ (τὸ πλήρωμα τοῦ χρόνου— Gal. iv.4) had come, that God sent into the world his Son, born of woman.’ The more one… Read more

The Problem with Preaching– Part Seven

It is certainly true that preaching can be an act of folly if done poorly or stupidly or in a boring fashion. So it might be worthwhile to serve up a Top Ten list of things Preachers Ought Not to Do: 10. I once saw a preacher do a front flip off the pulpit into a chair below. I would say don’t try this in your home church. If you miss, you will never live it down. And what was… Read more

The Problem with Preaching– Part Six

The real job of the preacher is to point away from themselves, not to pander. The endless drive by preachers to pander to their audiences, by trying to look cool, hip, relevant, with it, a man of the people etc. is an act of desperation. This is no way to identify with your people at their best. If you identify with them at their worst, why should they think they must change? The preacher is the agent of Christ. He… Read more

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