James Dunn on John’s Logos Christology and Subordinationism

An interesting quote from the venerable James Dunn about how John’s Logos christology relates to his Son christology:

That is, various aspects of the Son Christology should not be read independently of the Logos Christology, but rather as intended to serve the Logos Christology. I am thinking not simply of the accusation that Jesus was making himself equal with God (5.18) and Jesus’ striking claim to be one with the Father (10.30); for such claims are an obvious expression of Logos/Wisdom Christology – Logos/Wisdom being the self-expression of the otherwise invisible God. Nor am I thinking only of the sending motif, where the Son sent is wholly representative of the Father who sent him (e.g. 10.36; 12.45). I am thinking more of the features of John’s Son Christology normally referred to as the Son’s ‘subordination’ to the Father – summed up by 14.28, ‘The Father is greater than I’.  In fact, however, the thought is not so much of subordination, as though that was already an issue. The issue is not the relation between the Father and the Son (as later), but the authority and validity of the Son’s revelation of the Father, the continuity between the Father and the Son, between the logos unuttered and the logos uttered. 
James Dunn, Neither Jew nor Greek, 353.

Fleming Rutledge on Substitutionary Atonement

Fleming Rutledge, in her book The Crucifixion, makes one of the most robust and concerted defenses/explanations of substitutionary atonement in recent years (even "penal" substitution in a sense, though heavily qualified). All the more interesting because she is a mainline Episcopalian and outside the usual evangelical networks who like to espouse such things. She begins by noting: "It is not an exaggeration to say that in some circles there has been something resembling a campaign of in … [Read More...]

Mary Eberstadt: It’s Dangerous to Believe

I'm reading through Mary Eberstadt's It's Dangerous to Believe: Religious Freedom and Its Enemies which makes for a concerning read. On the one hand, I am a bit sceptical that Christians are a persecuted minority in the USA. Let's be real, every president at least makes the effort to feign some kind of faith. And Christians in Raleigh, however secular it might seem, do not suffer like Christians in ancient Rome or in modern Ramadi. What is more, conservatives need to be careful that they cry "ma … [Read More...]

Brian Wright’s Article on the Roman Acta and its Relevance to Early Christianity

My soon-to-be former PhD student Brian Wright has a great article on: "Ancient Rome's Daily News Publication With Some Likely Implications For Early Christian Studies," TynBul 67.1 (2016): 145-160.He's the blurb: A detailed study on ancient Rome’s daily news publication is currently`absent in ea … [Read More...]

Pistis as “Faith” or “Faithfulness” or even “Loyalty”

There are a stream of books and articles coming out that address the question as to whether the Greek word pistis denotes/connotes faith, faithfulness, or loyaltyTeresa Morgan, Roman Faith and Christian Faith: Pistis and Fides in the Early Roman Empire and Early Churches (Oxford: OUP, 2 … [Read More...]

Eugene Boring on Understanding Parables

I've just finished teaching a week long course on the Gospel of Mark for Malyon College in Brisbane. I'm pretty up on my Marcan literature, but I found David Garland's A Theology of Mark's Gospel (BTNT) and M. Eugene Boring's Mark (NTL) to be excellent reads to catch up on stuff. Any way, Gene Bor … [Read More...]

Scott Swain on Trinity without Hierarchy

I'm reading through parts of Christian Dogmatics, in particular, Scott Swain's essay on the "Divine Trinity," where he notes: The Father is the fontal source of the Son and the Spirit, and these relations manifest his distinct personal perfection. However, the Father's identity as fontal source of … [Read More...]

Derwin Grey talking about reconciliation and multi-cultural churches

I highly recommend the latest episode of the Kingdom Roots podcast  where Scot McKnight interviews Pastor Derwin Grey on reconciliation and multi-cultural churches, especially in light of the recent spate of racially motivated shootings in the USA.Listen to it! … [Read More...]

The Single Most Important Talk You Need To Hear About Religious Freedom

Last night I spoke at a forum on Religion and Freedom of Speech at Mentone Baptist Church in Melbourne. The two speakers were myself and Tim Wilson.In my talk, I basically described the current conflict about religious freedoms vis-a-vis sexual minorities in the USA and Australia, and offered my … [Read More...]

Book Notice: Christian Dogmatics

Michael Allen and Scott R. Swain (eds.) Christian Dogmatics: Reformed Theology for the Church Catholic Grand Rapids, MI: Baker, 2016. Available at Amazon.comThis is a terrific book covering the major theological loci by a venerable cast of contributors. Importantly, the book shows how … [Read More...]

Larry Hurtado Video on How Did Jesus Become God?

Larry Hurtado just posted on this over at his blog and it is a good 10 minute video that provides a summary of much of his work. … [Read More...]

Free Excerpts of What Christians Ought To Believe

If you haven't seen them yet, here are two free excerpts from my just-released volume What Christians Ought To Believe.Who Needs a Creed When I Have a Bible.Living the Story of the Cross. … [Read More...]

Book Notice: How to Survive the Apocalypse

Robert Joustra and Alissa Wilkinson How to Survive the Apocalypse: Zombies, Cylons, Faith, and Politics at the End of the World Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2016. Available at Amazon.comThere are a lot of dark stories being told in popular culture right now. Where we used to tell tales where … [Read More...]

Mike Bird interview on Romans 7 on Word Matters Podcast

I was thrilled to be interviewed by Trevin Wax and Brandon Smith on the Word Matters podcast about Romans 7:7-25.You can listen to it here.It is a doozy of text and we had lots of fun discussing it, though I don't know if I succeeded in bringing Trevin around to my point of view. … [Read More...]

Book Notice: Nicholas Wolterstorff on Justice and Love

Nicholas Wolterstorff  Justice in Love Grand Rapids, Michigan: Eerdmans, 2015. Available on Amazon.comReviewed by Felicity Clift Justice in Love by Nicholas Wolterstorff (Eerdmans, 2015) is no light read, yet it is a valuable one. Nicholas Woltertorff’s primary aim in Justice in Love i … [Read More...]