The Church Needs Spirit, Word, and Sacrament: My Review of Evangelical, Sacramental, and Pentecostal

Over at CT is my review of Gordon Smith’s book Evangelical, Sacramental, & Pentecostal: Why the Church Should Be All Three. It’s a good book, an exercise in global ecumenism, thick ecclesiology, and practical suggestions in a world where Pentecostalism is the fasting growing form of Christianity. I conclude: Anyone who has read Acts 2:42–47 can [Read More…]

When Did Jesus Get Adopted as God’s Son?

Over at the CSCO blog from the University of Edinburgh is my short article on When Did Jesus Get Adopted as God’s Son? Now maybe there was an adoptionist christology somewhere in the diverse effusion of Christian groups in the first and second centuries. But Rom 1:3-4 is no smoking gun for it and neither [Read More…]

Living the victorious Christian life?

This is what I think the victorious Christian life looks like: it is the pain, frustration, and misery of the faithful. [Read more…]

Interview on the Eric Metaxas Show

I was interviewed by Eric Metaxas on his radio show/podcast about my books What Christian Ought To Believe and The Divinity School. Great chat about the Apostles’s Creed, dirty Koalas, writing fiction, and religious liberty. [Read more…]

Paul Griffiths on Why He Resigned

Over at Commonweal – a progressive Catholic magazine – Prof. Paul Griffiths explains why he resigned from Duke Divinity School. Harsh and direct disagreement places thought under pressure. That’s its point. Pressure can be intellectually productive: being forced to look closely at arguments against a beloved position helps those who hold it to burnish and [Read More…]

My Top Ten Resources on Luke-Acts

Here are my top ten volumes on Luke-Acts to put on your bookshelf or to assign to a class for a reading list. Adams, Sean A., and Michael Pahl (eds.). Issues in Luke-Acts: Selected Essays. Piscataway, NJ: Gorgias. An excellent collection of essays on what is happening in Luke-Acts these days, covers genre, unity, christology, [Read More…]

Why You Should Study Luke-Acts?

Luke-Acts is a highly significant double work within the New Testament. First, it is the largest sub-corpus of the New Testament. Luke-Acts makes up a whopping 28% of the New Testament, whereas Paul’s letters comprise only 24%, and the Johannine corpus covers a mere 20% (and that’s assuming the authenticity of the authorship of all [Read More…]

Book Notice: Servant of All by Craig C. Hill

Craig C. Hill Servant of All: Status, Ambition, and the Way of Jesus Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2016. Available at To be brutally honest, I have to confess that I have an ego the size of the Grand Canyon. I always have to dominate the social and intellectual spaces around me usually through humour [Read More…]