October 19, 2018

Prof. Craig A. Evans (Houston Baptist University) has teamed up with Jerry B. Jenkins (of Left Behind Fame) to write a series of novels about an intrepid archaeologist Nicole German. Evans says, “She uncovers artifacts from antiquity that not only shed light on the past but throw political and religious issues of the present into a whole new light, but she does this at great peril to herself and those she loves.” I know a few NT scholars who have… Read more

October 18, 2018

Hats off to Jonathan Pennington of Southern Seminary, he has put together what I think might be the best-ever theology vodcast there is. It is called Cars, Coffee, Theology – Wish I had thought of it. Here’s the teaser: Read more

October 16, 2018

Haley Goranson Jacob Conformed to the Image of His Son: Reconsidering Paul’s Theology of Glory in Romans Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity, 2018. Available at Amazon.com This volume by Haley Goranson Jacob (Whitworth University) is based on her PhD written at St. Andrews University under the supervision of N.T. Wright. It is quite a good read and offers some great insights into the meaning of doxa and doxazo, royal ideology in the Psalms as echoed in Paul, plus the meaning of Rom 8:29 about… Read more

October 15, 2018

I just heard the news that N.T. Wright, in partnership with Justin Brierly (Premier Christian Radio), will be launching a fortnightly podcast called: Ask NT Wright Anything. You can sign up to get notifications. There will be a platform to ask questions. The first episode will come out on 13 Nov 2018.   Read more

October 13, 2018

Earlier this year I got to see the musical Hamilton in Chicago, and it was great. It is a great story, great music, great production, touches some political nerves about immigration (nerves that may need to be touched), and it also has some great Christian themes. EVERYONE should listen to the soundtrack, it is so catchy, I love singing it in the car with my daughter on the way to school. Especially “Non-Stop.” There are some great articles about Hamilton… Read more

October 11, 2018

For those interested, I recorded a short course, only 2 hours, with Logos Mobile Ed on The Identity of Jesus. It is in many ways a seminary level summary of NT Christology, covering major bits and pieces, with a view to how you get from Nazareth to Nicea. Only $40.00 and available for pre-order! Course Outline Unit 1: The Historical Jesus Jesus and the Kingdom What Did Jesus Think of Himself? Did Jesus Think He Was God? Unit 2: The… Read more

October 10, 2018

I’m about to return to the subject of parting of the ways between Jews and Christians for an IBR paper and in my notes I found some interesting quotes on the subject: E.P. Sanders on the historical Jesus: “I am inclined to look for basic disagreement, beginning even with Jesus, as the source of the Jewish-Christian split …” John Barclay on Paul: “Thus, mostly unwittingly, Paul fostered the fateful division between Christianity and Judaism.” Ernst Haenchen on Luke: “we are… Read more

October 6, 2018

As I read my twitter feed, I have to say that the USA seems to be divided like never before in my lifetime, the rhetoric is venomous, the denunciations are extreme, and each side talks about the other as the worst instance of evil they could imagine, often imputing motives to them. Added to that is cable news which creates a 24/7 frenzy, social media which amplifies the worst of people’s minds, and politics becomes a reality TV show on tribal political… Read more

October 4, 2018

I’m proud to report that Zondervan has just released a series of video lectures by myself on the Apostles’ Creed based on the book What Christians Ought To Believe. You can access the course via Zondervan, Biblemesh, or Amazon. The course covers the following: Christian Creeds for Beginners Why You Need the Creed I Believe Believing in the Father Believing in the Son—Divine and Human Believing in the Son—Messiah and Lord Believing in the Virgin Birth MIDTERM Believing in the Cross—The… Read more

October 1, 2018

Dr. Robert Yarbrough is Professor of New Testament at Covenant Theological Seminary and is known for his work on the Johannine Letters and Gospel of John. Now, however, he has just released a commentary on the Pastoral Epistles of 1-2 Timothy and Titus as part of the Pillar New Testament Commentary Series. Here is my interview with Yarbrough about his book: I guess many will want to know what you make of the authorship question of the Pastoral Letters. Did… Read more

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