Prayer for First Sunday of Advent


Almighty God, give us grace that we may cast away the works of darkness, and put upon us the armor of light, now in the time of this mortal life in which thy Son Jesus Christ came to visit us in great humility; that in the last day, when he shall come again in his [Read More...]

Ben Witherington on “Jesus is Lord, Caesar is Not”

Ben Witherington over at his blog Bible and Culture is reviewing the book edited by Scot McKnight and Joe Modica Jesus Is Lord, Caesar Is Not: Evaluating Empire in New Testament Studies. His fourth post  in the series is a review of my own contribution on Matthew’ Gospel. [Read more...]

The Scandal of Jesus

The Barth “hits” keep coming . . . This one, however, maybe the most significant thing I’ve read about Jesus in a very long while. In a section on Romans 8:3-4 in an exposition of the clause “God sent his own son in the likeness of sin-controlled flesh” (notice Barth’s paraphrase) Barth speaks of God’s “impenetrable [Read More...]

“As a father discovers himself in his child” – Karl Barth


As you might have gathered from my recent posts on Barth’s Romans, I’m reading Barth’s commentary with our 4th year Bible/Theology majors in the capstone seminar for our major. It is my first sequential and complete reading of Barth’s Romans. It is a magesterial work in every sense. I’m finding it to be a difficult, frustrating [Read More...]

“The Righteousness of God” by Karl Barth

I’ve not read a more powerful statement on the “righteousness of God”. The righteousness of God is His forgiveness, the radical alteration of the relation between God and man which explains why, though human unrighteousness and ungodliness have brought the world to its present condition and are intolerable to Him, He nevertheless continues to name [Read More...]

The “particularity of the Jew” according to Karl Barth

Here is the peculiarity of the Jew and the meaning of circumcision. God is known as the Unknown God, who justifieth the ungodly (4:5), who quickenteth the dead, and calleth the things that are not, as though they were (4:17), on whom men can only in hope believe against hope (4:18). When the ‘Jew’ realizes this peculiar possibility, [Read More...]

Galatians and Christian Theology (Baker Academic)


In 2012 St. Andrews University hosted their fourth Scripture and Theology Conference. The focus was Galatians. I had the privilege of participating and offering a paper “Davidic Messiahship in Galatians”, which was eventually published in the JSPL 2.2. (79-96). The conference volume has just been released by Baker Academic: Galatians and Christian Theology: Justification, the Gospel, and [Read More...]

And There is A Time to Avoid Simplicity in God-Talk

In responding to a critic of his first edition of The Epistle to the Romans, Karl Barth offers a reflection on the relative importance of simplicity in his preface to the second edition (1921). One critic dismissed Barth’s first edition of the commentary with the line “Simplicity is the mark of divinity”. Barth’s reply is [Read More...]