This time of year we celebrate the birth of Jesus, a birth which, according to the biblical witness, is based on a virgin conception.
Over at Jesus Creed, Scot McKnight posts on Why a virgin birth? and gives a summary of my chapter on the topic in Evangelical Theology. An interesting thread of comments follows thereafter.
For an approach to the virgin conception that is pretty much at odds with what I argue for, read Doug Wilson’s How Important is the Virgin Birth? For instance, I think a basic knowledge of genetics rules out this comment:
While we shouldn’t start speculating about the half-life of original sin, one acceptable answer from all of this is that sin is reckoned or imputed through the male line. This is the position I hold and I believe it’s fitting because Adam was the one who introduced sin into the world in the first place (Rom. 5:12).
A book I desperately want to read on the subject is of course Andrew Lincoln’s Born of a Virgin? Reconceiving Jesus in Bible, Tradition, and Theology (Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2013). Why I didn’t get this at SBL I don’t remember! Sounds like it could be a challenging read!!
When it comes to Christmas, I can’t help but remember the words of Martin Luther: “No other God have I but Thee, born in a manager, died on a tree!”
Over at Politico Magazine, Candida Moss has a good piece on Time's decision to make Pope Francis, "Man of the Year." Wednesday’s announcement of Pope Francis as Time magazine’s “Person of the Year” came as small surprise to anyone watching events in the Catholic Church over the past year. This pontiff is a media darling. His charismatic and photo-op friendly ministry has won the hearts and minds of both the Catholic faithful and, clearly, the global press. Time’s editors … [Read More...]
Over at Koinonia, there is a round up of the Evangelical Theology blog tour with a host of reviews listed. Some good interactions and comments given, very interesting for me to learn about the stuff people like and don't like about the book. … [Read More...]
It is that time of year where New Testament scholars have to fight an uphill battle to keep the nomina sacra in Xmas! Happy papyrological abbreviations to you all this advent season. HT: John Byron … [Read More...]
I introduced a nice book about Introducing Eastern Orthodox Theology by Andrew Louth. In the first post I was describing the Eastern tradition’s view of sin, death and destruction. The two most important elements of this perspective I want to highlight now. Death First, Orthodox theology … [Read More...]
I explain in this video the approach we take in the Introduction to Messianic Judaism: Its Ecclesial Context and Biblical Foundations that can be called evangelical post-supersessionism. Supersessionism names a theological view whether explicitly or implicitly which believes the church has replaced … [Read More...]
Many scholars (e.g., Scot McKnight) are now pushing back on the whole historical Jesus project because it entails a rejection of the Gospel story of Jesus in favor of the Scholar's Jesus as a kind of fifth and definitive Gospel. In terms of what they are objecting to, consider the following … [Read More...]
I teach at North Park University. I love where I teach. I love where I teach mostly because of the colleagues alongside whom I have the privilege of serving. One of them is Bradley Nassif. Brad is one of the most humble men you’ll ever meet. But Brad is also an extremely courageous man. A man with … [Read More...]
I'm continuing my paraphrase of Romans, here is the latest part on Rom 5.1-11: Therefore, since we’ve are declared to be righteous by faith, let us have peace with God through the peace-making work of the Lord Jesus the Messiah. Through him we have acquired a backstage pass by this faith into … [Read More...]
The Theological Engagement with Californian Culture Project is having its next symposium on 24-25 April 2014 at UC Berkley. There is a call for papers until 15 December. Sounds like a cool place to go cowabunga for Jesus! … [Read More...]
Part Scholarships for PhD Studies Highland Theological College UHI The Highland Theological College UHI (www.htc.uhi.ac.uk) is pleased to offer two part-scholarships for applicants from outwith the EU applying for full-time, residential PhD studies at the College. These scholarships offer a 50% … [Read More...]
Candida Moss (University of Notre Dame) created a bit of furor with her book The Myth of Persecution- see my earlier blog post here - where she claimed that many persecution stories, both ancient and modern, were entirely fictive. Moss' concern is principally the martyr complex and martyr rhetoric … [Read More...]
I've been preparing a lecture on Paul and Women the last couple of days and I told Karla that I'm now definitely in the “Mutuality” (Egalitarian) camp. I’m finally willing to come out and nail my flag on the mast of the “Mutuality” (Egalitarian) position. This has been a direction … [Read More...]
Almighty God, give us grace to cast away the works of darkness, and put on the armor of light, now in the time of this mortal life in which your Son Jesus Christ came to visit us in great humility; that in the last day, when he shall come again in his glorious majesty to judge both the living and … [Read More...]