My Review of Tony Jones’ “Did God Kill Jesus?”

Over at Theologues is my lengthy and critical review of Tony Jones’ book Did God Kill Jesus? There is some okay stuff in this book, but on the whole, it is a failed attempt to displace traditional accounts of the atonement and it sets forth an impoverished view of God and an inadequate account of the cross.   [Read more...]

Bradley Green on Justification by Faith and Judgment according to Works

I’ve been browsing through Bradley G. Green’s book Covenant and Commandment: Works, Obedience and Faithfulness in the Christian Life. I really liked his fair and sympathetic yet not uncritical reading of N.T. Wright on justification and his interaction with Andrew McGowan on federal headship in a messianic administration. A highlight was chapter six on justification, judgment, [Read More...]

Book Notice: Becoming the Gospel

Michael J. Gorman Becoming the Gospel: Paul, Participation, and Mission Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2015. Available at Michael Gorman is a genius at weaving together Pauline theology, cruciformed spirituality, and the Missio Dei. This volume is part three of a “partly deliberate, partly accidental” trilogy beside the prior books Cruciformity and Inhabiting the Cruciform God. Here Gorman [Read More...]

Book Notice: Framing Paul

Douglas A. Campbell Framing Paul: An Epistolary Biography Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2014. Available at Doug Campbell’s book is an adventurous, bold, and thought-provoking attempt to re-think Pauline chronology with a pure reliance on the epistolary data. Campbell makes some eyebrow raising claims like the Antioch Incident (Gal 2.11-14) precedes the Jerusalem meeting (Gal [Read More...]

Book Notice: Language for God in Patristic Tradition

Mark Sheridan Language for God in Patristic Tradition: Wrestling with Anthropomorphism Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity, 2015. Available at In this volume, Mark Sheridan wrestles with biblical anthropomorphism, the depiction of God as a human figure, with human emotions and characteristics in Scripture. That God is not really like humans, goes back as far as [Read More...]

Why I owe Stephen Chester a Pint of Guinness

Faithlife (aka Logos) has a great interview with Dr. Stephen Chester about the Apostle Paul. Stephen has done some great work on the reception of Paul among the Reformers, esp. Martin Luther. In fact, before anyone engages in Lutheran bashing, they really should a few articles by him (see here and here), as he shows [Read More...]

Book Notice: J.B. Lightfoot on Acts of the Apostles

J.B. Lightfoot Eds. Ben Witherington & Todd Still The Acts of the Apostles: A Newly Discovered Commentary: The Lightfoot Legacy Set: Volume 1 Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity, 2014, Available at J.B. Lightfoot (1828-89) was one of the preeminent biblical and patristic commentators of his day. Many had known about the collection of Lightfoot’s notes kept [Read More...]

Book Notice: The Future of Evangelical Theology

Amos Yong The Future of Evangelical Theology: Soundings from the Asian American Diaspora Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity, 2014. Available at Amos Yong, a theology professor at Fuller Seminary, in this volume offers some reflections on the future evangelicalism from a Asian-American and Pentecostal framework. He notes that for Asian Christians, American Christianity is both [Read More...]