Can you guess who wrote this?

Therefore although Peter, Paul, and the other apostles were indeed children of God, righteous according to the Law, and, finally, even ministers of Christ, they were not declared righteous in the sight of God on this account. For if you bind all these together into one bundle – the law, its works and righteousness, circumcision, [Read More...]

The Pastor-Theologian: Resurrecting an Ancient Vision


I’m very pleased to introduce to you the brand new book by my friends Todd Wilson and Gerald Hiestand The Pastor Theologian: Resurrecting an Ancient Vision. For those who know they have a vocational call within the church, but have felt oddly shaped in the role because of the “theological bent” you have – sorta of [Read More...]

The “Radical Perspective” a Brief Response

I want to thank Mike for posting something on this exciting area of Pauline research. I want to also commend my friend Mark Nanos for his perseverance after many years of feeling ignored and out alone on a boat. Mark the shore is coming to you! I’m an evangelical to my core and the label [Read More...]

Matthias Konradt on “Israel” and the “Church”

Here’s another insightful quote from Matthias Konradt’s recent book Israel, Church, and the Gentiles in the Gospel of Matthew (Baylor-Mohr Siebeck Studies in Early Christianity) on the difference between “Israel” and the “church” in Matthew. Jesus’ people (ὁ λαὁς αὐτου) and his church (μου ἡ ἐκκλησία) are not identical. Rather, the narrative indicates that Israel and ecclesia [Read More...]

Matthew and the People and Land of Israel


I have just finished a chapter for a book on Israel. I am more convinced than ever that Matthew fits comfortably within his late first-century Jewish milieu when it comes his views on question of the future for Israel as a people and Land. Look for the piece in the book which comes out next [Read More...]

Heading to Israel

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Today I’m heading to Israel for a couple of weeks. For some of the time, I will be leading a study tour of the Land with a group of students from Judson University’s Masters of Leadership in Ministry Program. This program is a cohort-based MA that combines online learning with intensive experiential learning courses. Students [Read More...]

Book Notice: Galilee in the Late Second Temple and Mishnaic Periods


David A. Fiesny and James Riley Strange Galilee in the Late Second Temple and Mishnaic Periods, Volume 1: Life, Culture, and Society Fortress Press, 2014 I am excited to promote this new and important book on Galilee. For anyone interested in the social world of Jesus and early Christianity, this is a go to source [Read More...]

People of the Land Conference at Georgetown University

A couple of weeks ago, I had the privilege of participating in an important discussion on the question of Israel and the Land. The conference was sponsored by the Institute for Religion and Democracy in D.C. and the conference was held at Georgetown University. Here is a segment of the day long conference which included [Read More...]