I was interviewed over at Amateur Theologians about Romans in light of my forthcoming commentary.
How has the theology of Romans shaped your scholarship and personal life?
In many ways! Just yesterday I finished teaching a course on Romans and it was a wonderful pleasure to spend the final hour just getting the students to summarize Romans brick by brick in Paul’s argument. I try get my students to not only memorize several parts of Romans (1:3-4, 16-17; 3:21-26; 6:23; 8:1-2; 12:1-2; 14:19; 15:7), but to carry a mental map of Romans with them wherever they go. That is because Romans is not a systematic theology, but it is freighted with big picture theology, about God’s plan in Christ to call a people to himself through Israel from among the nations (see Rom 15:7-13). Romans is not a road to salvation as much as it is Paul’s attempt to show how God has planned to create a Christ-shaped family from among Jews and Gentiles. Paul believes that God has planted a network of five or so house churches acclaiming Jesus as Lord, right under the nose of the Roman emperor, a shining light in a pagan city, heralding the good news that Jesus is Lord and he is the one who will rule of the nations (see Rom 15.12). I love it because of its themes of gospel, baptism and ethics, law and grace, assurance and hope, how to relate to unbelieving Israel, how to be the church in a pagan world, and how to be a missional community.
For one day only, 2 June, Zondervan is selling an ebook of Evangelical Theology for just $5.99.Don't miss today's flash sale on the Evangelical Theology eBook. You can get it for just $5.99 — that's 84% off!This sale price ends Tuesday, June 2 at 11:59pm ET. Evangelical Theology: A Biblical and Systematic Introductionby Michael F. BirdDeal $5.99 | Original $38.99This is a new kind of systematic theology. Find out how the evangel (= gospel) is the key to un … [Read More...]
John G. Gager, “Jacob Taubes, Michael Wyschogrod, and radical Jewish approaches to Paul and ‘early Christianity’ ”John Gager's audio presentation at the Philadlephia Seminar on Christian Origins is available in audio here. … [Read More...]
For my Aussie friends, you might be interested in Church planting advisor/cultural commentator Ed Setzer's observations on Christianity in Australia.Here at Christianity TodayWhat are some of the best ways to teach the Bible in a secularised society? Are new ways of communication … [Read More...]
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Over at CT is a great article (mostly behind pay-well) about Kevin Vanhoozer, his career, and theological significance.As I tell my students, I like my theology KJV-Only, Kevin James Vanhoozer! … [Read More...]
Below, Prof. Amy-Jill Levine gives a lecture on Jesus from a Jewish and pluralistic perspective. It makes for an interesting listen as Levine is an eloquent speaker and she makes some points that will prove thought-provoking for all. … [Read More...]
I was surprised to get twitter and facebook notices that Daniel Boyarin had used me as a negative foil in his lecture on "Two Pharisees: Flavius Josephus and Paul the Apostle" recently given in Rome. See it here:He quotes a review (at 16:08) I wrote of Adam H. Becker and Annette Yoshiko Reed … [Read More...]
Rhys Bezzant Standing on Their Shoulders: Heroes of the Faith for Today Melbourne: Acorn, 2015. Available at Amazon.com or Acorn Press.By Chris PorterWe live in an age where many people in the church will know more about the heroes from Marvel or DC, than the historical heroes of the … [Read More...]
I have to say that it personally irks me when a Christian speaker addresses a mixed congregation and addresses them as "brothers." It makes the women there, even if they are a minority, appear invisible, irrelevant, and unwanted. If you don't believe me, try asking them! So remember: "Brothers, we … [Read More...]
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A great N.T. Wright quote on the Eucharist: When we celebrate Jesus’ meal we aren’t just whistling in the dark. Bread and wine are taken up in the Eucharist into God’s future purposes, and become to us vehicles through which we can taste the fact that there is a new world, there is new hope, there i … [Read More...]
Today I'm heading to Israel for a couple of weeks. For some of the time, I will be leading a study tour of the Land with a group of students from Judson University's Masters of Leadership in Ministry Program. This program is a cohort-based MA that combines online learning with intensive experiential … [Read More...]