In a recent Guardian article, Christina Rees offers her own diagnosis and prescription for how to revitalize the Church of England. As an Anglican priest and a British expat living down-under, I can relate to the issues that Rees raises because we face many of the exact same issues in Australia. I think Rees also points out a problem with an ecclesial system centred on the local parish. The reality is that the village church or suburban church was a… Read more

The dynamic theory of biblical inspiration sees a concursive operation of divine and human elements involved in the process of writing Scripture. The Spirit of God directed the writer’s thoughts and concepts, while allowing their respective personality, style, and disposition to come into play with the choice of words and expressions. Here inspiration is largely conceptual.[1] Bloesch states: “The writers [of Scripture] are assisted and led by the Spirit of God rather than being pens of the Spirit, who alone… Read more

Over at The Split Frame of Reference podcast, I get interviewed by the amazing husband and wife team of Allison and Nick Quient on Jesus, Coffee, and Gender. Lots of fun, Jesus and women, how my views have been shaped by my own complicated biography and by reading Scripture, and then a long, long psychotic rant on why I loathe, despise, and hate coffee. Do these kids a favour: subscribe to their podcast, write a comment, and give them a rating… Read more

It is common in evangelical theology to argue that the Holy Spirit’s influence extends to the very choice of words used, but falls short of dictation. On this theory, each word used is exactly the one that God intended. Inspiration is not a matter of guidance or assistance, but something given, imparted, conveyed to biblical authors as “sacred penmen,” and extending to the selection of words.[1] As such: “Each writer was guided so that his choice of words was also… Read more

From Biblegateway, here is the list I submitted on 5 books to help you understand the Bible better: Michael Bird: This is a hard task; so many good books out there; one’s I’ve learned from and benefited from. But, if I had to pick, I’d probably go with this fabulous five: Jesus and the Victory of God by N.T. Wright For me, reading this book was like leaving The Matrix. It opened my eyes to a whole new way of reading the Gospels,… Read more

Stephen J. Chester Reading Paul with the Reformers: Reconciling Old and New Perspectives Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2017. Available at This book by Stephen Chester is a terrific effort at showing the relative differences and parity between the Reformers (esp. Luther, Melanchthon, and Calvin) and modern scholarshipship typified by the New Perspective on Paul (NPP) and apocalyptic Paul interpreters. It was a worthy winner of the Christianity Today book of the year award in biblical studies. Chester takes issues… Read more

Rich Wyld Theologygrams: Theology Explained in Diagrams London: Darton, Longman, & Todd, 2014. Available at By Rev. Andrew Esnouf One of St Anselm of Canterbury’s most enduring contributions to theology has been the conception of theology as ‘faith seeking understanding’, on this conception of theology, Theologygrams is a failure. All is not lost, however, because Theologygrams has a different purpose, described in the sub-heading as ‘Theology explained in diagrams’, which greatly undersells the entertainment value found in the diagrams…. Read more

Karl Deenick Righteous by Promise: A Biblical Theology of Circumcision NSBT; Downers Grove, IL: IVP, 2018. Available at This volume by Tasmanian Pastor Karl Deenick (based on his PhD thesis written at Ridley College supervised by Peter Adam and Lindsay Wilson!) is a biblical theology of circumcision (for a historical study of ancient practices of circumcision see Andreas Blashke, Beschneidung, be warned, it has pictures!).  In many ways, Deenick’s thesis is an exposition of Rom 4:11 that Abraham’s circumcision was… Read more

Dru Johnson The Universal Story: Genesis 1-11 (Transformative Word Series) Lexham Press March 7, 2018 Available at Reviewed by Lynsey Stepan Dru Johnson captivates his readers by highlighting the fact that Gen. 1­­—11 appeals to humanity’s biggest questions. He lists questions that modern readers bring to the text such as: How does evolution fit in the Biblical creation narrative? Why is Noah’s family portrayed so negatively? Further he cautions readers that a text from the Ancient Near East (ANE)… Read more

I’ve been reflecting on Paul’s narratival theology, especially his statements about Jesus, and I found it easy to compile a single narrative using a pastiche of Pauline texts from across the Pauline letters. Paul’s narrative gospel – version 1 The gospel concerning his Son, when the fullness of time had come, God sent his Son, who he promised beforehand through his prophets in the holy scriptures, a Son born of a woman, born under the law, descended from the seed… Read more

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