Blessed Are the Peace Makers

I’m partnering with the Christian Ministries Department of Judson University in teaching a couple of courses in the brand new Masters of Leadership in Ministry. The following is part two of a two-part series shot while I was in Israel in the middle of May. Judson is using videos I shot in Israel to promote the MLM program which includes a two week study tour of Israel, which I’ll be leading. For more information on the program visit their site. I think it is a well-designed program for people in ministry who wish to develop their leadership gifts. This video was shot at the Mount of Beatitudes less than two months before the violence broke out in Gaza. In this video I discuss Jesus’ call to be a counter-cultural community of peace-makers. Let’s continue to pray that God’s peace prevails in the Land of Israel in this time.

Evangelical and the Third Quest for the Historical Jesus

Here is a blast from the past, an article I wrote for Themelios some eleven years ago about Evangelicals and the "Third Quest" for the Historical Jesus.Wrote it when I was 28, I'm now 39! Wow, time sure flies!!The article includes references to Jesus Christ Superstar and Star Wars. Alas it seems nothing has changed since musical theater and sci-fi movies are still my go-to for anecdotes, jokes, and cultural references.You can read the whole thing here.  … [Read More...]

Larry Hurtado’s Review of Bart Ehrman’s How Jesus Became God

Over at Christian Century is Larry Hurtado's review of Bart Ehrman's HJBG.He concludes:In sum, this book elicits a mixed response. On the one hand, Ehrman is a generally good communicator, and the book may well introduce many readers to some of the issues and approaches involved in the scholarly investigation of Christian origins. But at points his argument is either somewhat misinformed or dubious. The astonishing early Christian claims about the risen Jesus’ divine status and the accom … [Read More...]

Reviews of Paul Books by Wright and Gorman

For some interesting reviews of recent Paul books, see below.Over at Reformation21, Simon Gathercle reviews N.T. Wright's Paul and the Faithfulness of God. I enjoyed this book enormously. I won't say that at times it didn't feel like hard work, but I did enjoy it. At risk of sounding … [Read More...]

Get Apocalyptic on Paul in San Diego

In Pauline studies, apocalyptic vs. salvation-history is a big debate among scholars (we had a whole issue on JSPL dedicated to it). I have my own essay coming out on the topic one day ... one day. But the day before SBL in San Diego, there is a mega session on the subject. Get to it if you … [Read More...]

Moral Irony for Church History

I recently pondered this moral irony.In the ancient world, the Romans reviled Christians for rumors that they engaged in orgies and killed their young. In the modern world, western Secularists revile Christians for refusing to hold orgies and for refusing to kill their young.In every age, … [Read More...]

An International View of Inerrancy

From koinonia, here is my promo video of an international view of inerrancy.I should mention that over at the TGC, Andrew Wilson also has a piece on Why I Don't Hate the Word 'Inerrancy' from a UK perspective. He argues that it is hard to contend for an errant Bible based on the teachings of … [Read More...]

Sermons on Sex, Marriage, and Singleness in 1 Corinthians 7

Last semester Brian Rosner preached three sermons in chapel on 1 Corinthians 7 about sex, marriage, and singleness. They are probably the best sermons I've heard on these passages and they are definitely worth checking out.You can listen to them here. … [Read More...]

Book Review: Strangers and Pilgrims Once More

Addison Hodges Hart Strangers and Pilgrims Once More: Being Disciples of Jesus in a Post-Christendom World Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2013. Available at Amazon.comPilgrims, but what do we leave behind?A review of Strangers and Pilgrims Once More, Addison Hodges Hart, Eerdmans, by Kara … [Read More...]

Academic Dean Position at Trinity College in Perth, Western Australia

Trinity Theological College in Perth is looking for an Academic Dean with administrative and lecturing responsibilities.See the college website here and job details here. … [Read More...]

This Land is Mine

The video below is a dramatic animation about the history of violence in Palestine by Nina Paley (see her description of the project). It is arguably a secular lament for the history of war in the region. The video is also an implicit critique of religion - or at least religion with … [Read More...]

Candida Moss on the Movie “Persecuted”

Candida Moss has a candid and critical review of the movie persecuted.Now I have to confess that I'm certainly one to whinge about secular elites regarding Christians with disdain (some Aussie secularists are pretty scary). However, Christians tend to be mocked in the media and marginalized by … [Read More...]

The Gospel of Hope

Thought for the day on the nature of gospel hope:Hope is not optimism, rather, hope is the audacity of faith under adversity. Hope is the cheering in triumph for what others deem a lost cause. Hope expiates the misery of life. Hope is currency in the land of melancholy. Hope is the dancing when … [Read More...]

Advice to Younger Scholars

Over at Zondervan's Koinonia blog is a short video I did on advice to my students, specifically, advice to younger scholars.Michael Bird, contributor to Five Views on Biblical Inerrancy, has three things to say to young Bird and young up-and-comers: (1) Don't be a man pleaser. “Because if you g … [Read More...]

Houston Gets the Bird

Just announced, I'll be teaching some courses for Houston Baptist University over the next few years. In an announcement, I've been appointed to an adjunct role as Distinguished Research Professor of Theology. Looking forJust to be clear, I am remaining at Ridley College where my primary … [Read More...]