Book Review: Ryan P. O’Down on Proverbs

Ryan P. O’Dowd Proverbs (Story of God Bible Commentary) Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2017. By Lindsay Wilson Ryan O’Dowd may be known to readers as the co-author with Craig Bartholomew of a useful survey of OT wisdom literature (2011). Here in this commentary on Proverbs, we hear the solo voice of O’Dowd himself. As this is only the second OT commentary to appear in this series, it is worth looking at the distinctive features of the series itself. It is based… Read more

Michael Bird ACL Lecturer on The Thessalonian Strategy

Last month I gave a talk at the Australian Christian Lobby’s “Embolden” conference on “The Thessalonian Strategy,” discussing how to do faith in a potentially hostile political environment. Read more

Video of My SEBTS Library Talk on the New Perspective and the Church

On Facebook, you can watch a video of my SEBTS library talk about “The NPP and the Local Church.” With a due plug of Scot McKnight’s and Jo Modica’s volume The Apostle Paul and the Christian Life. I try to break down what the NPP is/was, what was right and what was wrong, and why it matters for local churches today. Read more

Larry Hurtado vs. the Jesus Mythicists

All power to Larry Hurtado, he kicked the beehive of crazy, amateur, angry conspiracy theorists who deny that the historical Jesus existed. Read his blog posts here and here, and the comments show just how inane, vapid, and vacuous Jesus mythicism is. There are much better reasons offered by people for finding Christian faith (or any kind of belief in God) too much of a stretch.  The attempts to deny Jesus’ historical existence are, for anyone acquainted with the relevant evidence, blatantly… Read more

Tyndale Fellowship Christian Doctrine Group Call for Papers

For the systematicians among you, the Tyndale Fellowship’s Christian Doctrine group has a call for papers for its conference in Cambridge on 27-29 June 2018. Celebrating the completion of Veli-Matti Kärkkäinen’s 5-vol theology, A Constructive Christian Theology for the Pluralistic World (Eerdmans), the Tyndale Fellowship Christian Doctrine group turns attention to this project’s ambition contribution. One of comparative theologies, developing a constructive Christian theological vision in dialogue with the Christian tradition, science, contemporary theology in global and contextual diversity, with Judaism,… Read more

NPP Discussion at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary

If you are in Wake Forest tomorrow. Read more

The Benedict Option and Christianity in a Post-Christian Culture

I had the pleasure of speaking at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary (L. Russ Bush Center for Faith and Culture and Kingdom Diversity) along with Provost Bruce Ashford about the Benedict Option promoted by Rod Dreher. In my talk, I spoke about various models of relating to a post-Christian society: the Religious Right, an exile mindset, “faithful presence,” and Dreher’s #BenOp. I critique those models before advocating my own, the Thessalonian Strategy (see my CT article). There is a great summary of my… Read more

Book Review: Envisioning the Congregation, Practicing the Gospel

John W. Stewart Envisioning the Congregation, Practicing the Gospel: A Guide for Pastors and Lay Leaders Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2015. Available at Amazon.com By Graham Stanton (Ridley College) Stewart is particularly addressing a commonly noted malaise in the mainstream Protestant churches in the USA as they are confronted by falling numbers, aging membership, an exodus of young people, deteriorating facilities, and leaders who are “wearied from the paralyses brought on by endless divisive conflicts” (p.10). Such malaise is not… Read more

Avalanche of Books by Ridley College Faculty

Ridley College aspires to be a leader in Christian thought and for a medium sized college – by Aussie standards – it produces a huge output of publications. Consider these:   Lindsay Wilson, Job (THOTC; Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2017). In this commentary Lindsay Wilson shows the book of Job to be a coherent literary work that addresses this question: Is it possible for humans to have genuine faith in God regardless of their circumstances? Wilson argues that Job’s bold, sometimes… Read more

New N.T. Wright Biography on Paul

Coming out in Feb 2018, N.T. Wright’s biography on Paul, a readable narrative of Paul’s life and thought. In this definitive biography, renowned Bible scholar, Anglican bishop, and bestselling author N. T. Wright offers a radical look at the apostle Paul, illuminating the humanity and remarkable achievements of this intellectual who invented Christian theology—transforming a faith and changing the world. For centuries, Paul, the apostle who “saw the light on the Road to Damascus” and made a miraculous conversion from… Read more




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